Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in South Elgin, Illinois
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you've got any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in South Elgin that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't 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 control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water is able to get into the basement by a variety of different places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main 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 wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can install a series 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 stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.