Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Mchenry, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Mchenry that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement 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 backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing 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 supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. 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 you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area 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. These products will correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process 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 sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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 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 would like to talk to someone about 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.