Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Burns Harbor, IN
If your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Burns Harbor that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to 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 install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Burns Harbor, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows 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 foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even 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, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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