Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Essex, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Essex area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water 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 a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement by a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we can implement a system 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 can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them 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. These products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown 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 increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area 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 your crawl space is encapsulated, we can 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 offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service 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 stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products 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 a member of our team.
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