Perma-Seal Repair Services in Prospect Heights, Illinois
Whether your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses 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 Prospect Heights area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into your basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are 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 in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. We 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 are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Prospect Heights, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done 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 sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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