Basement and Foundation Services in Elmwood Park, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. We are ready to provide assistance when you have any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Elmwood Park area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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, we have a few different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Elmwood Park, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase 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 most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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Sean came to inspect my waterproofing system. He was extremely courteous, efficient, and knowledgeable. He answered all of my questions completely.