Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Olympia Fields, Illinois
Whether your basement floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Olympia Fields area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into your basement through a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space 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 will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents 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 the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.