Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Chatsworth, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are ready to help when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 Chatsworth area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can implement a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these 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 force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed 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. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This 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 upgrade your basement area. We carry 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 mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, please 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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