Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in New Lenox, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in New Lenox that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to 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. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will implement 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 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, there are some different options. We can utilize a series 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 cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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. If 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 already got a 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 solutions above, don't hesitate 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.