Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Morris, Illinois
Whether your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when your home has any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Morris that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement using a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even at your 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 an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with 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 help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicators 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.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct 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 spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from moving 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 encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 testing to ensure it continues 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 frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.