Foundation and Basement Services in Vernon Hills, Illinois

Exterior Basement Waterproofing in Vernon Hills

Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed 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 Vernon Hills that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.

It is crucial that if you've found an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

FlexiSpan Wall Crack Repair in Vernon Hills

The basement is an important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into your basement through a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.

Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Wall Anchors in Vernon Hills

Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.

Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Vernon Hills

In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase 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 best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, 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. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system 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 solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.

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