Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Fairbury, Illinois
If your basement has excess water during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to assist when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 experts in Fairbury that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific 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 strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will stick when you open or close them 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 problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots 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 the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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