Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Campus, IL
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed 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 the Campus area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a number of different places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through 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 walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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