Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Midlothian, Illinois
When your basement floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are here to help when your home has any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Midlothian area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specific solution for your 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 backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into the basement through a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall 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 will control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty 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 replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across 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 bowing inward. While these problems may not seem critical 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 particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some different options. Our team can utilize a number 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 the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Midlothian, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient 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, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your 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 reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing 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 stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues 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 frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.