Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Fox River Grove, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. We are ready to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Fox River Grove that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement by a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your 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 parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting these problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a series 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 much the wall is buckling, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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