Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in River Forest, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is here to assist when there is any kind of crawl space 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 our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in River Forest that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to 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 backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors 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 inward. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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, we have a few potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In River Forest, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances 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 control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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 waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.