Perma-Seal Services in Chatsworth, IL
Whether your basement floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is here to help when you have any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, 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 the Chatsworth area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mold, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are 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. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into the basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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 performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples 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.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting 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. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 would like to talk to someone about 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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