Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Calumet City, Illinois
If your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our team is here to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Calumet City that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Calumet City, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.