Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Lake Forest, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement 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 experts in the Lake Forest area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement using a number of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing 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 installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves 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 enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best 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, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 one of our experts.
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Allen was very patiently able to explain our problem and the most knowledgeable about the sump, and most of all, he was very courteous. We'll surely refer Perma-Seal to our friends.