Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Willowbrook, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Willowbrook that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into a basement using a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both 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, there are some potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.