Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Wilmington, Illinois
If your basement has excess water during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Wilmington that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly 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 very important that as soon as you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into a basement through a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep 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 home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicators 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 in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating these issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Wilmington, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. 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 more information about the solutions above, feel free 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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