Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Fort Sheridan, Illinois

Structural Foundation Repair in Fort Sheridan

Whether your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. We are ready to assist when you have any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Fort Sheridan area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement 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've found an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

Exterior Wall Waterproofing in Fort Sheridan

Your basement is a very important area of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into the basement through a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below grade.

No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Wall Anchors in Fort Sheridan

The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see 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 inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.

Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we will 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Fort Sheridan

In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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 so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.

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