Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Union Hill, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is ready to help when you've got any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Union Hill area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. 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 specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system 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 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 a few possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and 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 potential future water problems. 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, feel free 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 a member of our team.