Basement and Foundation Services in Burns Harbor, IN
When your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Burns Harbor area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install 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 once you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary 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, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 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 call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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