Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Thornton, Illinois

Basement Waterproofing in Thornton

If you've noticed your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses 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 the Thornton area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.

It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

Exterior Wall Waterproofing in Thornton

The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement using a variety of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or below grade.

Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Foundtion Piers in Thornton

The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.

It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Thornton

In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into 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 prevent proper evaporation 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 enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.

Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have 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 waterproof and 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.

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