Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Schneider, Indiana
If your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along your foundation, you know this is a serious problem. We are ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use 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 the Schneider area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking 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 wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is entering at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a series 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, 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 close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can 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 variety of services to add features to your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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