Perma-Seal Repair Services in Western Springs, Illinois
When your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement 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 correctly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, 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. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got 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 help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve 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 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. 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 would like to talk to someone about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.