Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Wauconda, Illinois
When your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement 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 experts in Wauconda that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into your basement through a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks 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 the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaky basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, 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. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. 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 can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install 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 cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off 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 as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as 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 vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally 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 your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to 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. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as 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. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.