Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Carpentersville, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when there is any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Carpentersville area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement using a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking 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 wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates 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 along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative 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, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types 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 a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of 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 controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, 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 as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and 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 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 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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