Perma-Seal Services in Steger, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is here to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Steger that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into a basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking 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 wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact problem 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. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Steger, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 inspection 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.