Perma-Seal Repair Services in Schiller Park, Illinois
When your home has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks in the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation 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 the Schiller Park area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the 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 area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal 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 even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. 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 much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will 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 best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will 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 offer a variety of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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