Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Forrest, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement has excess water during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Forrest that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that 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 backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into your basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Forrest, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 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 series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and 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 already got a waterproofing system 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 solutions 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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