Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Pontiac, Illinois
Whether your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when your home has any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Pontiac that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement through a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place 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. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a settling foundation, we will implement 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 of piers 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 some potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Pontiac, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess 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 strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. 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 a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions 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 meeting with a member of our team.
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