Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Forest Park, Illinois
If your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Forest Park that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement using a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting 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 structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can implement a series 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 of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Forest Park, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster 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 elements and keeping the humidity levels low 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 best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve your basement. 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both 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. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.