Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Somonauk, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when your home has any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Somonauk area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into a basement through a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase 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 during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, don't hesitate to 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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