Perma-Seal Services in South Holland, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you have any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in South Holland that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into the basement by a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In South Holland, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents 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 protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop 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 inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please 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 meeting with one of our experts.