Perma-Seal Services in Cedar Lake, Indiana
If your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Cedar Lake area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into a basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering 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 grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is implementing 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 help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Cedar Lake, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has 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 the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.