Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Carpentersville, IL
Whether your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Carpentersville area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including black mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised 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 replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten 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 in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area 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 hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and 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 protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can 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 provide a variety of services to add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. 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. 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 would like to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate 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 consultation with one of our experts.
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