Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Woodridge, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Woodridge that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be 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 serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. 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 install a wall system that is both 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions 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 consultation with a member of our team.