Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Calumet City, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Calumet City area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement using a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.