Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Lake Villa, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Lake Villa area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very 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 important that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious 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 problems and 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 tracking down these problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will implement 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates 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 stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters 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 will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.