Foundation and Basement Services in Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Whether your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Lake In The Hills that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with 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 the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. 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. You may also notice that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if 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 implement a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some different options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Lake In The Hills, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up 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 proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It 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 upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have 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 as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.