Perma-Seal Services in Marengo, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Marengo area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or 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 seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised 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 the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can 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 of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some different options. Our team can install a system 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 problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing 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 space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were created 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 when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called 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 close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.