Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Lake Bluff, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Lake Bluff area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number 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 the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment 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. This will prevent high levels of humidity 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 improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, feel free to 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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