Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in La Grange, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you've got any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the La Grange area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation 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. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types 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 some possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In La Grange, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space 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 hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs 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 closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.