Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Shorewood, Illinois

Exterior Basement Waterproofing in Shorewood

When your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Shorewood area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.

It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect 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.

Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Wall Crack Repair in Shorewood

Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, 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 your basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.

Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Carbon Fiber Straps in Shorewood

Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.

It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, 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 c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Repair Solutions in Shorewood

In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they 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 when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.

Our team has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can 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.

Additional Services

We also provide a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If 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. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the products 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.

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