Foundation and Basement Services in Verona, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Verona area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of 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 team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into a basement using a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types 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. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Verona, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually 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 ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your 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 both 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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, don't hesitate 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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