Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Naperville, Illinois
If you’ve noticed your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Naperville area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you’ve found a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into your 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 main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up 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 install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicators 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 installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you’ve got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. 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. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your 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. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop 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 service so you know it will continue 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 a member of our team.