Perma-Seal News and Information

This is where we will post industry news as well as helpful hints for the home and business owner in Chicagoland.

Loaves & Fishes

  Loaves & Fishes Community Services is very grateful for Perma-Seal's support in many ways over a number of years. Such support makes it possible for us to provide healthy food and impactful programs for self-sufficiency. We are very appreciative of their impactful support. - Mike Havala, President & CEO Loaves & Fishes --- h...

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Perma-Seal Supporting Atlas Network's Mission

Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of hundreds of free-market organizations across the globe to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. Perma-Seal supports Atlas Network because of its devotion to improving our communities and the quality of life of our community members. Please check out t...

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Saving Money on Major Home Repairs

Save Money on Home Repairs

It's time for a necessary home repair. Problems such as foundation issues, sinking concrete, sump pump failures—you name it!—can sneak up on us. Heck, even if you've known for a while that an expense was coming, why pay more than you have to? The best thing you can do is be informed. Fix It Early It goes without saying: The smaller the issue, the e...

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DuPage Children's Museum

DuPage Children's Museum

A special guest post by the DuPage Children's Museum For nearly 35 years, DuPage Children's Museum has been inspiring families to laugh, learn, and love spending time together. Every experience is designed to help children develop creativity, resilience, and perseverance — strengths that help them to thrive as innovative problem-solvers and life-lo...

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The Launch of the Bastiat Society Chicago Chapter

Next Free Event, July 7th at Perma-Seal's Headquarters By: Roy Spencer, Founder & CEO of Perma-Seal I was eager and honored to join the Bastiat Society Chicago chapter when it launched in June. My business, and life, philosophy centers around limited government and advancing personal freedom. Perma-Seal is built on the foundation of strong valu...

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West Suburban Community Pantry ReOpens For In-Person Shopping


During the pandemic, West Suburban Community Pantry had to close its doors to in-person shopping and pivot to online ordering, curbside pick-up, and remote sites in DuPage and Will County. Coupled with these new ways of serving people, this month West Suburban Community Pantry reopened its doors to the community for in-person shopping. Perma-Seal w...

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How to Spot a Bad Contractor

How to Spot a Bad Contractor

Agreeing to let a someone repair or improve your home takes a big leap of faith. After all, this is your home we're talking about. More than just a roof over your head, it's where you and your family spend a large part of your lives together, from first steps to first proms. Plus, your home is likely your largest financial investment. So, when you ...

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Perma-Seal Donates 150 Vegetable Planting Kits to DuPagePads

 Putting into action Perma-Seal's We Care commitment, the annual All Tribe meeting includes various community enrichment projects and initiatives that utilize our time, talent, and means. One of this year's activities included the assembly of 150 vegetable planting kits for DuPagePads. These planting kits will allow individuals to create their...

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Perma-Seal Community Contribution

  Perma-Seal Tribal Members Deliver 90 Kitchen Kits to Bridge Communities More than words on a wall, 'We are compassionate,' is one of Perma-Seal's six Core Values. It means seeking opportunities to use their time, talent, and means to improve the quality of life for friends, neighbors, and communities. It means showing through action, Perma-S...

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Perma-Seal Tribal Members Deliver 400 Easter Baskets to West Suburban Community Pantry

To make the world a better place for our tribe, customers, partners, and community is our driving purpose in all that we do at Perma-Seal. Part of this commitment includes seeking out opportunities for Perma-Seal to utilize our means and resources to support the communities we serve. Ahead of Easter weekend, Perma-Seal visited West Suburban Communi...

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Foundation and Crawl Space Repair Options to Avoid

Think you may have problems with your crawl space or foundation?  The helpful document below can provide you with some insight into what could be going on and common repair options that should be avoided. Click to View

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The Cost of Doing Nothing

So, that foundation crack in your basement—the one you discovered last summer? View the pdf below to learn the cost of not treating foundation problems. Click to View

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Conscious Capitalism

Why Conscious Capitalism? From its inception 41 years ago, Perma-Seal was built upon a foundation of strong values, ethical work practices and the simple belief that doing the right thing is the right thing. Our purpose of making the world a better place is alive and flourishing in all that we do for our tribal members, customers, partners and the ...

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How to Save Money on Major Home Repairs

Are you needing major home repairs? Has your home been damaged by flooding or bad weather? We can help you save money on those major home repairs. Click to View

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Is Your Home on Solid Ground?

Is the soil below your home still able to properly support the structure?  The helpful document below can help provide some insight into determining if your home is still on solid ground. Click to View

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4 Questions to Ask a Contractor

Are you having work done on your home by a contractor?  The helpful document below can provide you with some helpful questions you should ask any contractor working on your home before they begin the work. Click to View

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PS We Care - Face Masks

 We are driven by our purpose to make the world a better place, especially in these unprecedented times. As an essential business, we are open and committed to serving homeowners across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana in need of our basement and crawlspace waterproofing and foundation repair services. We are taking extra precautions daily to...

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Perma-Seal Receives Top Awards at International Convention

(From left: Joel Spencer, Supply Chain Director, holds awards won at convention alongside Roy Spencer, President and Founder of Perma-Seal.)

DOWNERS GROVE, IL - Perma-Seal Basement Systems was awarded top awards at the recent international Basement Systems’ 3-day convention in Connecticut. The annual convention gathers basement waterproofing and foundation repair dealers from across the United States, Canada and UK. Perma-Seal’s 2015-2016 awards include: #4 Foundation Repair Dealer for CarbonArmor, #6 Crawl Space Dealer for Total Sales, #8 Basement Systems Dealer for Total Sales, and #32 Foundation Repair Dealer for Total Sales.

This year’s theme was INSPIRE 2016, and several members of Perma-Seal’s valued management team left the conference feeling uplifted. There were presentations by John Foley, former Blue Angels Lead Solo Pilot, and Mike Eruzione, Captain of the US 1980 Winter Olympics hockey team that defeated the Russian team. Supply Chain Director Joel Spencer was quite inspired and stated, “Despite overwhelming odds against them, the teamwork and bond between [Mike and also John], and his teammates allowed them to defeat opponents with much greater experience and individual abilities,” Spencer said. “I will think of both any time I hear the word ‘impossible.’”

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Perma-Seal Promotes Tim Dunne to Downers Grove Installation Manager

DOWNERS GROVE, IL - Perma-Seal Basement Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Dunne to Installation Manager of its Downers Grove location. He was first hired as an admin, worked his way to become Assistant Installation Manager, and now oversees the Downers Grove installation operations. Throughout his time with the company, Mr. Dunne has repeatedly demonstrated his skillful ability to effectively manage people and processes. He places emphasis on Perma-Seal’s initial and continual training procedures.

Mr. Dunne has previous experience in inventory control and management. He is a superb example of what one can learn and achieve at the company. He is also a great example of Perma-Seal’s Core Value: “We support the personal and career growth of our Tribal Members.”

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Perma-Seal Appoints James Barry As Installation Director

DOWNERS GROVE, IL - Perma-Seal Basement Systems has recently named James “Jim” Barry as Installation Director. Mr. Barry began his career as a Preventive Maintenance Technician at the company more than a decade ago, and has held several positions within the installation department, which handles product and system installs from start to finish.

Over the years, Mr. Barry’s strong leadership skills and devotion to Perma-Seal’s Mission, Vision and Core Values have been a positive influence on the company. He continues to serve as a stellar example of the opportunities available within Perma-Seal, which emphasizes recognition of hard work and dedication. He is a great example of Perma-Seal’s Core Values, including “We support the personal and career growth of our Tribal Members”. Perma-Seal is eager to see what new standards of excellence Mr. Barry has in store for the installation department.

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Perma-Seal Joined BBB at 2016 Annual Golf Outing

Smiles went all around at the BBB’s Annual Golf Outing. From left: Paul Spinella, Director of Sales, Matt Kmoch, Sales Manager, Steve Bernas, BBB President, Jim Montalbano, Sales Manager, and Dave Maas, Marketing Creative Coordinator.

Perma-Seal Basement Systems’ Sales and Marketing Tribal Members joined the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois for their yearly golf outing on Thursday, August 11th. The 22nd Annual Integrity Golf Classic, presented by the BBB, was held at the Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois. Perma-Seal’s foursome team was nearly awarded Longest Putt of the Day, but was defeated by mere inches.

Perma-Seal has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has been awarded their coveted 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. For more information about the BBB, visit

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems to Move Operations to Naperville

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Perma-Seal Supports The DuPage Children’s Museum 2016 Benefit: Lift Up

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Perma-Seal Vice-President Coaches Women at BizWomen’s Mentoring Monday

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Perma-Seal Appoints New Supply Chain Director

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Perma-Seal Basement Systems is proud to announce the promotion of Joel Spencer to Supply Chain Director. Mr. Spencer has been a vital member of the Perma-Seal Tribe since 2004, and has been warmly welcomed by his new team. Mr. Spencer is eagerly anticipating the launch of a new inventory management system that will enhance inventory control at all three Perma-Seal warehouse locations. As with many construction-based companies, the supply department has a unique opportunity to greatly impact the organization as a whole as well as the client experience.

Mr. Spencer, former Senior Production Manager, is excited to use his past experience coupled with his leadership skills to continue moving Perma-Seal forward with the integration of a full-service plumbing department and new product lines. “I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to help lead and further develop our team and processes,” Mr. Spencer said. “I have a passion for learning, and this will help me develop knowledge and experience in another important department at Perma-Seal.”

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Laura Ann Spencer of Perma-Seal Named 2016 ‘Woman of Influence’ by Chicago Business Journal

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Perma-Seal Basement Systems is proud to announce that Executive Vice President Laura Ann Spencer has been named a 2016 Woman of Influence award winner. This is the second annual induction of women, hosted by Chicago Business Journal. The award focuses on women business leaders who foster environments that create more successful women in the future.

The winners include female business leaders in the Chicago metropolitan area who demonstrate outstanding marketplace achievements as well as commitments to their local community and a focus on mentoring. They were selected by a group of advisers and editors from the American City Business Journal, a parent company of Chicago Business Journal.

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Perma-Seal Tribe Brings Joy to Allendale Association Kids this Season

President & Founder of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Roy Spencer, sits among the presents for the Allendale Association kids.

DOWNERS GROVE, IL - ‘Tis the season of giving, and giving back to the community! This past holiday season, the Perma-Seal Basement Systems’ Tribe was excited to bring joy to children at the Allendale Association. They sponsored over 50 children that otherwise may not have had any gifts to open this Christmas. Perma-Seal Tribal Members chose the children he/she would “adopt”, then purchased and wrapped the child’s presents from his or her own wish list.

The children from the Allendale Association were grateful for the many donations. Each year for the holidays, Perma-Seal contributes to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the past two years, the individual members of the Tribe have happily donated to the Allendale Association kids.

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Perma-Seal Awarded Better Business Bureau 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Pictured above from left to right, Carl Jacobson, BBB Chair; Hosea Sanders of ABC 7 News; Roy and Laura Ann Spencer of Perma-Seal; and Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of BBB Chicago and Northern Illinois.

DOWNERS GROVE, IL - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is honored to announce that it has received the prestigious 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

“Customer service is a key aspect on which the independent judges evaluate all Torch Award entries,” said Steve J. Bernas, President and CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Without this clear focus on customers, business cannot be truly successful. Ethics is not just a statement; ethics is an action, a deed, a philosophy that drives people, a manner of conducting one’s self, and of simply doing the right thing. That is exactly the reason Perma-Seal has been honored. The entire Perma-Seal team should be proud of their accomplishments.”

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Kim Stukel Named Marketing Manager at Perma-Seal Basement Systems

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Perma-Seal Basement Systems is happy to announce the appointment of Kim Stukel as their Marketing Manager. As the newest member of the Tribe, Ms. Stukel is excited to help increase awareness of the full range of products and services offered by Perma-Seal.

Ms. Stukel has a Bachelor of Science from Lewis University in Marketing, and started her career on the agency-side of marketing. She has previously held positions within the retail home improvement category, as well as media sales. Ms. Stukel brings a wealth of experience, and is eager to return to the client-side of marketing, while continuing to catapult Perma-Seal’s marketing and advertising efforts forward.

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Pete Wojtowicz promoted to Hammond Production Manager at Perma-Seal Basement Systems

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Pete Wojtowicz to Production Manager of its Hammond, Indiana location. Mr. Wojtowicz has earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Western Illinois University, and has been with the company for nearly two years. He began his journey as an Installer, and worked his way to Assistant Production Manager, then became Fleet Manager, all at the Downers Grove facility. Mr. Wojtowicz is a great example of living Perma-Seal Core Values, which includes, "We support the personal and career growth of our Tribal Members".

In addition to a focus on training, Mr. Wojtowicz plans to increase hiring efforts to be able to better service the homeowners of Northwest Indiana. He will also continue to educate and train the current staff to continue delivering exceptional customer service to clients.

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Laura Ann Spencer of Perma-­Seal Joins Loaves & Fishes’ Board of Directors

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Loaves & Fishes Community Services proudly welcomes the addition of new members to their Board of Directors including Laura Ann Spencer, Executive Vice President of Perma-Seal Basement Systems and Foundation Repair. Loaves & Fishes’ vision is to end hunger in the community, with their focus on Chicagoland suburbs.

For over ten years, Ms. Spencer has tirelessly helped Perma-Seal develop core values, mission and value statements as well as establish an internal company culture. She consistently works towards implementing these ambitious values within the Tribe while emphasizing: “We are compassionate and give back to our community.” She holds these important values close to her heart, and most recently spearheaded an effort at Perma-Seal’s Annual Picnic that generated over $3,000 in donations for the Loaves & Fishes organization.

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Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal Awarded Lifetime Achievement

DOWNERS GROVE, IL -- Roy Spencer, President and Owner of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, graciously accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Recognition Event sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The event recognized several local professionals and their successful entrepreneurship in Chicago's western suburbs.

The Business Ledger highlighted Mr. Spencer's humble beginnings, starting Perma-Seal with just one truck and one employee--himself. After more than 37 years, his company services over 10,000 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana clients each year and employs nearly 250 dedicated, passionate people. A true testament to commitment, ethics and integrity!

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Perma-Seal Receives Top Honors at Basement Systems Convention

DOWNERS GROVE, III. -- Perma-Seal Basement Systems is excited to announce its recent top honor awards at Basement Systems convention, an annual gathering of waterproofing and foundation repair dealers across the United States, Canada and UK.

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James Barry promoted to Plumbing & Sewer Department Manager of Perma-Seal Basement Systems

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Perma-Seal Basement Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of James "Jim" Barry to Plumbing and Sewer Department Manager. Mr. Barry will lead the growth and expansion of the full-service Perma-Seal Plumbing and Sewer Department.

Mr. Barry has been with the company for nearly ten years, and brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and professionalism to his new position. He began his journey as a Preventive Maintenance Technician, and became Production Manager of three previous warehouse locations before Perma-Seal bought its current Elk Grove Village warehouse. For the past few years, Mr. Barry has served as Elk Grove Village Production Manager as the company has expanded to better service the northern suburbs of Chicago. Mr. Barry is a great example of Perma-Seal's Core Values, which includes, “We support the personal and career growth of our Tribal Members”.

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Deadline for FEMA Assistance Ends Next Tuesday!

DON’T MISS OUT! Next Tuesday, July 9, is the deadline to register for FEMA assistance. Illinoisans who were affected by the April 16 to May 5 severe weather and who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only one week left to call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) to find out if they are eligible for disaster assistance. Visit // for the latest news and to find out where you can go this weekend for valuable information and assistance.  

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FEMA Helping Chicagoland Homeowners Affected By Recent Storms

In case you haven’t heard, Disaster Recovery Centers opened today in DuPage and Grundy Counties to serve people who were affected by the recent severe storms, and flooding. DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

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Much Needed Rain Storm Causes Major Flooding

Throughout the entire day yesterday, a slow moving storm rolled through Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and brought some much needed rain to the area. As much as four inches of rain fell in a mater of hours, with the city of Chicago and the Western Suburbs getting hit the hardest. The prolonged downpours led to flooding and closures of some major roadways, including Lake Shore Drive. By Sunday evening, many cars were found stalled or even completely submerged in water due to the flash floods.

But these storms didn’t just affect traffic.  Unfortunately, many homeowners spent their Sunday nights dealing with the water that was flooding into their basements. If you have experienced any seepage or water leaking into your home, it’s important to have it dealt with right away. Ignoring the problem could lead to further damage of your home and family’s personal belongings.  And most importantly, it will affect the health of your family.  Active water leaks or excessive dampness will help support the growth of dangerous molds in your lower living area.  Although you may think it will stay downstairs, it won’t. The mold will make its way upstairs into the living environment of the home, and it could be responsible for causing headaches, allergies, breathing problems, and a number of other health-related issues that your family should not have to contend with!

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Chicago & Northwest Indiana hit with record rainfall last night!

Chicago Flooding

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Perma-Seal Busy After Chicago Storms

Two thunderstorms on Friday brought heavy rainfall to the area. With the the overnight rainfall and probability of more storms in the afternoon and evening, many residents in the Chicago Metro area are seeing road closures (including parts of the Eisenhower and Kennedy Expressways), evacuations, and people and vehicles stranded on roadways. When it rains like this, our office is always flooded with calls. Right now we are experiencing an extreme number of requests from homeowners with flooded basements. Rest assured that we are working tirelessly to return all inquires.

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