Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Wilmette, Illinois
Whether your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. We are here to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Wilmette area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see an issue 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 will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement using a number of different places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional 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 team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we will install 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few different options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase 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 proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have 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 and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. 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 are interested in any of 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.