Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Strawn, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Strawn that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, 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 have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the 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 keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we will implement a system 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 can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually 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 ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating 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 called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. 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 our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 products 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.
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