Basement and Foundation Repair Services in McHenry, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you’ve got cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our team is here to help when your home has any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use 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 McHenry area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design 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 supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you’re needing our basement waterproofing
products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair
services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space
services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into your basement by a number of possible paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure
to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system
will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution
that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, 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 help you improve the drainage in your yard
to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you’ve got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we can install a system 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing
, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In McHenry, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation
which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets 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. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system
which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows
to improve 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 waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing
systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you’ve have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing
so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products 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 consultation with one of our experts.