Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Park Forest, Illinois
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed 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 the Park Forest area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place 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 evaluate the drainage in the 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 parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Park Forest, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate 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 closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close 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 heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This 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 upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 are interested in any of the solutions above, feel free 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 consultation with one of our experts.