Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Lombard, Illinois
Whether your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are ready to help when your home has any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 Lombard that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and 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 if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into a basement through a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Lombard, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster 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 helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system 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, 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 meeting with one of our experts.