Perma-Seal Repair Services in Burns Harbor, Indiana
Whether your downstairs area floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Burns Harbor that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Burns Harbor, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on 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. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve your basement. We have 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 waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a 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 solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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