Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in University Park, Illinois

Basement Waterproofing in University Park

It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in University Park that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a 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 a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

New Construction Drainage System in University Park

Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.

Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, 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 upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Wall Anchors in University Park

The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.

Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few different options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Repair Solutions in University Park

In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% 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 improve the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is 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 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.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.

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