Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Carpentersville, IL
Whether your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to assist when your home has any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Carpentersville that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement using a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking 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 any windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have 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 of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling 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 space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space 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 hinder airflow 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 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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