Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Morton Grove, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Morton Grove that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking 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 cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating these issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Morton Grove, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal 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, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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