Perma-Seal Repair Services in Country Club Hills, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. We are ready to assist when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation 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 Country Club Hills that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized 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 once you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement 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 types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from getting 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. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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 waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues 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 frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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