Perma-Seal Services in Darien, Illinois
If your home floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our team is here to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement 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 the Darien area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into your basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking 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 meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests 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 encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, don't hesitate to 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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