Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Western Springs, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Western Springs area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require 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 mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement by a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Western Springs, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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 have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue 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 frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.