Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Streamwood, Illinois
When your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our experts are ready to assist when your home has any kind of basement flooding, 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 Streamwood that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will 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 struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. 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 particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. 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 stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows 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 foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional 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 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.