Basement and Foundation Services in Ogden Dunes, Indiana
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. We are here to help when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation 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 Ogden Dunes that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement using a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks 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 any windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types 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, we have some potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing 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 spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances 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. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. 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. 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 to talk to someone about the solutions above, please 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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