Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Deerfield, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. We are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Deerfield that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into your basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting 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 creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating these issues. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were built with vents which was intended to increase 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 then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 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, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop 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 so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about 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.