Foundation and Basement Services in Waterman, Illinois

Interior Wall Waterproofing in Waterman

If you've noticed your home has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Waterman that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.

It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging 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.

Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing in Waterman

The basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into your basement using a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.

No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Carbon Fiber Straps in Waterman

The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not 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 particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.

Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Repair Solutions in Waterman

In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their 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 known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 would like more information about the services 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

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