Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Waukegan, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. We are ready to assist when you've got any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement 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 professionals in the Waukegan area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services 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 experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are 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. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Waukegan, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase 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 the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, 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 number of services to improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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 competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate to 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 consultation with one of our experts.