Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Elmhurst, Illinois
When your basement floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Elmhurst that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Elmhurst, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area 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 the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level 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 increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. 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 testing to ensure it continues 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.