Perma-Seal Repair Services in Chicago, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Chicago that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing 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 creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Chicago, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a 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 solutions 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.