Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Crystal Lake, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation 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 Crystal Lake area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space 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 an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the 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. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, 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 to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a system 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten 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 instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done 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 vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number 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. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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