Basement and Foundation Repair Services in River Grove, Illinois
Whether your basement experiences flooding when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the River Grove area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering 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 finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your 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 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 struggles to 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. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting 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 quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to increase 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 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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