Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Plainfield, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious 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 methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Plainfield area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, 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. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the 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, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can 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 offer a number of services to upgrade your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please 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 meeting with one of our experts.