Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Sandwich, Illinois
If you've noticed your home floods during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Sandwich area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a number of possible places, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable 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. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, 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, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control the 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 covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment 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 control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help 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. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. 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 would like more information 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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