Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Clarendon Hills, Illinois
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are here to help when you've got any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Clarendon Hills area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally 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 full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along 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. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system 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 push them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close 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 strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, 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 help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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 products above, don't hesitate to 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.