Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in East Chicago, Indiana
When your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the East Chicago area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install 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 seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement through a number of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are coming 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 and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we will install a system 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In East Chicago, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.