Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Skokie, Illinois
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you have any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Skokie that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether 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 entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement by a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just 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 quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present 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 and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Skokie, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows 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 comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from getting 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 encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It 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 help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.