Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Villa Park, Illinois
When your basement floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Villa Park area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will implement a system 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve your basement area. We have basement windows to improve 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 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.