Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Carol Stream, Illinois
If your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed 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 Carol Stream area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement through a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Carol Stream, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your 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 provide a number of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service 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 FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation 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!