Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Flossmoor, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Flossmoor area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is 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 if you find an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into a basement by a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to 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 breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular 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 spotting those issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Flossmoor, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve 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 most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both 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 potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.