Perma-Seal Services in Reddick, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are here to assist when you have any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement 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 experts in the Reddick area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly 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 critical that once you see an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a variety of different places, there are a number of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main 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, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful 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 next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Reddick, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area 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 the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 and resistant to mildew growth. If 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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