Perma-Seal Services in Somonauk, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation 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 professionals in Somonauk that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly 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 seen an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the 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 your home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement through a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all 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 installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we will install a series 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 you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and 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.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Somonauk, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through 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 then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of 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 mildew growth. 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. 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 to talk to someone about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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