Foundation and Basement Services in Round Lake, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is ready to assist when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Round Lake area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home 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 critical that if you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary 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, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already 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 help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing 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 holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 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 series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. 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 would like more information about the products above, feel free 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.