Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Westchester, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Westchester that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into your basement using a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop 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 areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer 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 provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both 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 stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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I was very satisfied with Perma-Seal when they came to my home to seal around the gas line coming into my basement. I will definitely refer you to my neighbors if they have similar problems.