Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Long Point, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Long Point area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. Our team can install a series 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 them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half 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 can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can 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 variety of services to help add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system 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 prevent 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 inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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