Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Wheeling, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Wheeling area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues 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 installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install 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 are very strong and are able to 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 utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop 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. For a long time, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help 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. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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