Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Dekalb, Illinois
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our team is here to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 experts in Dekalb that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design 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 backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement through a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Dekalb, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in 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 ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.