Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Lincolnshire, Illinois
Whether your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you have any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Lincolnshire that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty 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, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these issues may not seem serious at first, each of them are 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 installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can implement a system 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets 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. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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