Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Flanagan, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to provide assistance when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Flanagan area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement using a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Flanagan, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess 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, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It 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 upgrade 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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