Perma-Seal Services in Lowell, Indiana
Whether your home has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Lowell area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping 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 types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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 have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of 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 set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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