Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Odell, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are ready to help when there is 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 professionals in Odell that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed 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. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting these problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we can implement a series 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, we have a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate 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 keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing 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 series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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