Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Malta, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing 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 experts in Malta that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts 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 have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were built 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. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This 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 your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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