Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Valparaiso, Indiana
Whether your basement floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Valparaiso area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at 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 can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting 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 forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming inward. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, 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 excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once 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 provide a variety of services to improve your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate 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 a member of our team.