Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Palos Heights, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use 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 the Palos Heights area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products 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 an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all 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 in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting those issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can install 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 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 potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing 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 stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.