Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Chatsworth, IL
If your basement has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. We are here to help when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Chatsworth area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, 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 services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade 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 easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. 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 stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Chatsworth, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of 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 closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity 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 increase the amount of 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 as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 services above, don't hesitate 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 a member of our team.
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