Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Clare, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Clare that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, 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 a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement using a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling 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 help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can 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 are very strong and can help 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 install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Clare, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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