Basement and Foundation Services in Shelby, Indiana
Whether your home floods when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you've got any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Shelby that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter 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 prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement using a variety of different places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method 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 the basement. In some extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact problem 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. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the buckling 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. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system 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 potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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