Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Frankfort, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Frankfort area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic 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 products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level 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 can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent 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 in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with open 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. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from settling 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 an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help 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. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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