Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Wadsworth, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our team is here to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Wadsworth that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather 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 since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. 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 a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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