Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Manteno, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you have any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 Manteno that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've seen a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the 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, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level 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've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Manteno, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces 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 space 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a 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 improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing 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 stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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