Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Carol Stream, IL
Whether your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Carol Stream area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height 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, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are 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 performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Carol Stream, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests 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 your crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your 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 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 potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, feel free 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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If I ever need Perma-Seal's services again, I would appreciate it if you would send out the very same foreman - Mr. Blas and crew. Thank you for your help on my basement!