Perma-Seal News and Information

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Celebrates 40 Years of Business in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

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Ringing in the New Year meant so much more for Perma-Seal Basement Systems. 2019 marked a 40 year milestone of being the leader in the basement waterproofing and foundation repair industry.

Located within its brand new headquarters in Burr Ridge, IL, Perma-Seal has been a household name in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region since 1979. “Known Best for Being Better”, the company provides a wide variety of solutions; from basement waterproofing and foundation repair, to concrete lifting and leveling and air quality solutions.

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Burr Ridge Ribbon Cutting

Burr Ridge Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Grand Opening of New Perma-Seal Headquarters in Burr Ridge.

Pictured from left to right, Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce Board Member Michael Simmons, Former Mayor of Burr Ridge Mickey Straub, Chief Operations Officer Laura Ann Spencer, President and Founder Roy Spencer, Burr Ridge Assistant to the Village Administrator Evan Walter, Burr Ridge Village Administrator J. Douglas Pollock.

Burr Ridge, IL (November 28, 2018) – Perma-Seal Basement Systems held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its new headquarters located in the heart of Burr Ridge at 412 Rockwell Court.

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Perma-Seal Recipient of 2018 Silver Cradle Award

Perma-Seal Recipient of 2018 Silver Cradle Award

This month, Perma-Seal was recognized as a 2018 Silver Award recipient at the 2018 Rock The Cradle Gala which took place at Wintrust Grand Banking Hall located in downtown Chicago.

Renowned as one of the foremost adoption agencies in the country, since opening in 1923 The Cradle has helped place more than 15,000 children into permanent, loving homes. The Cradle provides lifelong support for all who are touched by adoption – birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive parents. The Cradle is the only adoption agency in the country with an on-site nursery - a safe, nurturing place for infants to stay while their parents receive options counseling to decide if adoption will be the best plan for their baby. The nursery also enables The Cradle to place infants whose special medical needs may mean that it takes a bit longer to find them a family that is prepared to help them thrive.

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Perma-seal Tribe Supports Cal’s Angels’ 12 Days Of Christmas

Perma-seal Tribe Supports Cal’s Angels’ 12 Days Of Christmas

Perma-Seal Basement Systems has chosen to support Cal’s Angels for their philanthropic efforts this holiday season. Joining forces with David Hochberg of PERL Mortgage, the Perma-Seal Tribe will be supporting several families that have been affected by pediatric cancer.

Cal’s Angels’ 12 Days of Christmas Program was created to relieve the burden of holiday shopping so families can focus on creating lasting memories for their child’s last Christmas. Through the program, the family’s entire holiday is taken care of by providing gifts for each child in the family, a gift card for holiday dinner, as well as a gingerbread house and other goodies. Over the past ten years, Cal’s Angels have helped thousands of children and their families.

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Laura Ann Spencer of Perma-Seal Named 2016 Influential Women Award Finalist

Laura Ann Spencer of Perma-Seal Named 
2016 Influential Women Award Finalist

HAMMOND, IN - Laura Ann Spencer, Executive Vice-President of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, has been named an Up and Coming finalist for the 2016 Influential Women of the Year award in the Construction category. The award is presented by Influential Women of Northwest Indiana and winners will be announced at a banquet on September 29, 2016.

Ms. Spencer has consistently been a strong leader and achiever in the business world as well as in the philanthropic community. After nearly a decade of working at Perma-Seal, she has been influential in helping the company hit record sales numbers, open new divisions, and prepare to make a quantum leap forward. She has worn many hats in the company, most notably that of Marketing Manager, where she helped the company become one of the strongest brands in the area. Ms. Spencer has also championed Perma-Seal’s cultural environment. She organized a retreat where the company’s mission and vision statements were articulated and codified for the first time. These identified core values within the organization has moved the company forward to where it is today.

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Pitch and Hit Club Awards Roy Spencer for Meritorious Service

DOWNERS GROVE, IL  –  On January 25, 2015, the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago awarded Roy Spencer, President and Founder of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, with their Meritorious Service Award for his accomplishments in both the world of business and men’s amateur baseball. Spencer and several of his Perma-Seal staff members as well as many of his MSBL teammates attended the 69th Annual Awards Banquet at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

The Pitch and Hit Club’s President, Peter Caliendo, is proud of their mission to expand, develop and promote the great game of baseball at all levels. Established in 1942, the non-profit organization is particularly interested in reaching out to youth in local communities to increase involvement in baseball.

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April Storms Could Mean Wet Basements for Chicago Homeowners - Prepare Your Home Today!

April Storms Could Mean Wet Basements for Chicago Homeowners - Prepare Your Home Today!

Perma-Seal was recently featured in an online news article from The Bugle. This week marks the 1 year anniversary of the wild and wet weather that rolled through town last spring. Many homeowners were shocked to find that their basement had flooded, or that they had huge puddles of water on the floor. Over a 2 day period, between 5-10 inches of rain fell in northern Illinois and Indiana. As a result of these torrential rains, a lot of homeowners were asking what they can do to prevent this problem in the future, and what can be done to help with the damages.

Perma-Seal has been in the waterproofing business for nearly 35 years now, and they have worked with homeowners throughout the Chicago and northwestern Indiana area. There are many basement water problems that come during the spring months, and as a homeowner, you need to be prepared for the worst. Roy Spencer, owner and president of Perma-Seal, says that many calls received last year at this time were for problems with basement flooding due to city sewer backups, failed sump pumps, subsurface flooding, or from the overflowing streams and rivers in the area.

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Perma-Seal Wins Angie's List Super Service Award

Perma-Seal of Chicago, IL has received the 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award for the 11th year in a row. We are a basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation and repair company serving homeowners in the greater Chicago area, including: Arlington Heights, Aurora, Downers Grove, Elk Grove Village, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Joliet, Lake Forest, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Willowsbrook, and surrounding communities.

We are well-known in the waterproofing industry for serving the area for over 35 years. We have an A+ rating with the BBB, and we have also received the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. We are one of the top Basement Systems dealers in the greater Chicago area, and we have built our solid reputation on providing outstanding customer service and exceptional products which have proven time and time again to be effective at taking care of leaky basements, settling foundations, and moisture-filled crawl spaces.

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Perma-Seal is Hiring!

Perma-Seal is Hiring!

Perma-Seal is calling ALL LICENSED PLUMBERS, SEWER TECHNICIANS & CAMERA/ROD TECHS. Our Plumbing Department continues to grow and we can use your help. Not to be left out, we’re also in need of Sales Consultants and Installers. If you or someone you know is looking for a great employment opportunity, click here to visit our website and view a list of our current open positions. Or if you’re in the area, stop by our Downers Grove office to fill out an application.

If you want to help make the world a better place while providing for your family and your future, Perma-Seal is a great place to start.

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Perma-Seal Overcomes Office Flood and Helps Homeowners

Perma-Seal Overcomes Office Flood and Helps Homeowners

Downers Grove, IL – On the morning of Thursday, April 18, 2013, thousands of Chicagoland homeowners awoke to flooded basements and streets. At Perma-Seal, what should have been an extremely busy day of answering phones and internet requests for estimates, instead was a day of trying to salvage equipment and setting up a temporary office to try to help those in need. When the Downers Grove office they’ve occupied for over 20 years was overcome with floodwaters from a nearby river, Perma-Seal lost their power, phones and many service vehicles. Yet, in spite of this major catastrophe, they rallied their troops and have been working tirelessly to respond to every inquiry as quickly as possible.

Roy Spencer, owner and president of Perma-Seal, has seen a lot of water damage in his 35 years in the business. Although he and his entire staff have always understood how disastrous water damage can be for homeowners, dealing with the flooding of his office has given him even more empathy for those who are underwater. The good news is that Perma-Seal is back up and running and ready to provide service to those in need. Mr. Spencer sincerely apologizes to anyone that was caused an inconvenience by their situation and appreciates the messages they’ve received from thankful customers whose homes stayed dry during the storm. While they don’t have the power to stop overflowing rivers from engulfing entire neighborhoods, Perma-Seal is determined to help homeowners who are repeatedly dealing with sewer backup due to overwhelmed city sewers. They also have simple solutions for anyone living with an inefficient sump pump or without a battery backup. There are ways to keep basements dry and healthy, and Perma-Seal is ready to help. For a free estimate or more information about Perma-Seal, call 800-421-SEAL or fill out the online form. And, if you are interested in working for a GREAT company, submit your resume in Microsoft Word Doc or Adobe PDF format to [email protected].

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Promoting Green Solutions

The nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a Chicago-based think-and-do tank that researches, pilots, and advocates solutions for property owners in towns and cities across the Chicago region that are paying millions of dollars to tackle basement and backyard flooding problems. CNT’s Wetrofit service offers fast track solutions for budget-strapped communities aimed at alleviating this flooding, revitalizing neighborhoods and generating jobs. 

CNT has established one of the largest family residential green retrofit programs in the nation and has already been piloted in several communities in the Chicagoland area. However, CNT is now making the case to national leaders for the financing of green infrastructure retrofits, knowing that wetrofitting can offer effective and accountable local services to many other areas throughout the country.

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13th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards invited Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal to be Keynote Speaker

13th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards invited Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal to be Keynote Speaker

Whether living in a bungalow in Lincoln Square or a split-level home in Des Plaines, many Chicago-area homeowners find that when the weather breaks, they begin to see past the dark, damp clutter of their unfinished basements to recognize the potential value of the extra space. They want to begin using that below-grade area confidently for storage, living and even entertainment purposes.
But they also know that finishing a basement is no small project.

The trick is to do a bit of prep work and avoid jumping right into the remodeling portion of the project. Here are five things you should consider doing before you finish your basement.

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Perma-Seal Teams Up with Schools Count Corp. to Help Chicago Students

Perma-Seal Teams Up with Schools Count Corp. to Help Chicago Students

For over 33 years, Perma-Seal has been focused on continual improvement and doing the right thing for our Clients, Tribe, Partners and Community. When we were contacted by Schools Count Corp. and heard about their mission to help Chicago schools and students in areas of poverty, we were happy to lend a hand.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Schools Count Corp. has been helping people in various parts of the country that have suffered through floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other similar events. Three years ago, they decided to make a “man-made” relief effort in the city of Chicago by delivering school supplies, winter coats, music instruments and even sporting equipment to schools in need.

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Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

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Last month, Perma-Seal and our advertising agency, the FORT Group, were invited to attend the 2012 Ad Club Awards Ceremony in New Jersey after being nominated for our recent outdoor billboard campaign. Throughout the evening, a select group of agencies

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Perma-Seal Selected as a 2011 Top Workplace

Perma-Seal Selected as a 2011 Top Workplace

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is delighted to announce that it has been named a 2011 Chicago Tribune Top Workplace in Illinois by its very own team members.

Local companies in Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces were selected from employee surveys measuring qualities including company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits.

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“Perma-Sealed” Basements Say THANK YOU!

For the past 32 years Perma-Seal has created happy, healthy basements all over the Chicagoland area. Those basements (and their valuable contents) are very thankful!

Over 250,000 families have trusted Perma-Seal to protect their treasured items, and so should you. Take advantage of our limited time offer. Take 10% off (up to $300) all services purchased by January 31,2012. Some exclusions apply. See your Perma-Seal consultant for complete details. May not be combined with any other offer, promotion or discount.

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September 2011 Basement Windows Sale

Picture This:

A Light Bright Basement.

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10% Anniversary Sale Ends on Monday

10% Anniversary Sale Ends on Monday

The last three days of Perma-Seal’s 10% off sale are here, and we expect hundreds of calls over the weekend. Chicago area homeowners want to take advantage of this opportunity to repair their basements, foundations and crawl spaces before the spring thaw, they’ll save 10% when they hire Perma-Seal.

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Ugly Sump Pump Winner Announced

Ugly Sump Pump Winner Announced

A while back, we held an Ugly Sump Pump Contest. We announced our winner last week! Terry Bell from Ottawa, IL  is excited about his new sump pump. We will be scheduling an installation with him in the following weeks.

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Perma-Seal Products to be featured on the Today Show

Perma-Seal Products to be featured on the Today Show

Lots of things around your home require a back-up. For those with a basement, a sump pump is a must and a back-up for that unit is a necessity. Think about all you have down there and then about how most insurance companies either cap the amount they will cover or no longer offer flood insurance. The mistake that most people make is not matching up the backup pumps capacity to the main pump. If your primary pump moves 3,000 gallons of water and hour your backup unit needs to do the same. Another consideration is inspecting these systems on a yearly basis. Standard batteries need to be filled with water yearly, sealed batteries cost more but need no maintenance for 5 years. A good back-up system installed will cost around $2,500.00 but it is worth it. Call Perma-Seal at 800-421-7325 to schedule a FREE evaluation of your sump pump system.

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Perma-Seal Introduces Active Moisture Management System (AMMS)

For over 30 years Perma-Seal has been the leader in keeping homeowners’ basement walls and floors dry, now we’re excited to introduce a whole NEW LEVEL OF DRYNESS: the Active Moisture Management System.

Concrete walls and floors, once sealed and installed with an appropriate drainage system, are an effective barrier against seepage even during the heaviest of downpours. Moisture vapor however can still penetrate even the best concrete and cause excess humidity in a basement or crawl space. High humidity levels lead to mold, mildew, mustiness, and odors.

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Perma-Seal Reaches for the Stars

Downers Grove, IL
September 19, 2008

You may not think about basement waterproofing until you need it. Thankfully the experts at Perma-Seal Basement Systems think about it everyday.

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Perma-Seal Develops New Crawl Space Solution

Downers Grove, IL
June 30, 2009

The reasons for encapsulating your crawl space have been well documented. The hazards of living over a damp or dirt crawl space are many, i.e. mold growth, soil gases and excess energy costs far exceed the cost of having a permanent liner installed. Over the last five years, Perma-Seal has sealed more crawl spaces than any other contractor in the country by far! Now, in our never-ending quest to improve our products & services, we have enhanced our system.

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Perma-Seal is awarded an A+ Rating by Chicagoland’s Better Business Bureau

June 1, 2009
Downers Grove, IL

On June 1, 2009, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) began using an improved rating system, rating businesses based on letter grades A+ through F. The new letter grades replace the BBB’s previous “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” ratings.

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Contractors Avoid Explosive Complaints with Low Pressure Crack Injections

Downers Grove, IL
May 16, 2009

Pre-finishing techniques protect indoor air quality against airborne health hazards.

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Perma-Seal Becomes An Accredited Business

Hammond, IN
March 13, 2009

Perma-Seal Basement Systems has been accepted as a BBB Accredited Business by the BBB of Northern Indiana. If a business has been accredited by BBB, it means that the Better Business Bureau has determined that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.

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Perma-Seal to Offer Prefinishing Systems

Downers Grove, IL
September 17, 2008

With the housing market in a slump, more and more homeowners are investing in their existing homes. One of the best, long-term investments for a house is basement waterproofing for added usable space and possible finishing. Emecole claims that it is wiser and healthier to first minimize humidity, prevent deadly soil gases from entering a home, eradicate mold, and stop damaging water leaks before they happen. Roy Spencer, Owner of Perma-Seal Basement Systems in Downers Grove, IL, says, “It is a lot easier and less expensive to fix these problems before than it is after you have finished your basement.” Fortunately, basement waterproofing and prefinishing can be done on a budget while also making the downstairs living space attractive and safe for children.

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Opens New Office In East Dundee, IL

Downer’s Grove, IL
February 2008

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is pleased to announce the opening of their newest office in East Dundee, Illinois, in an effort to provide better service to the Northern Suburbs and Chicagoland area. Between 2006 and 2007, an increase of over 35% in service needs was experienced in this area. Therefore, in an effort to reduce commute times and provide more scheduling flexibility, Perma-Seal opened its newest location at 1090 Rock Road in East Dundee, IL. This service facility will immediately house a staff of 12 employees and 4 trucks, with the potential for growth as the customer base continues to expand.

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New Records Set for Waterproofing Requests

Downers Grove, IL
August 28, 2007

Perma-Seal Basement Systems of Downers Grove, IL is busy, busy, busy after last week’s rains, high winds, flooded streets and flooded basements. As of Sunday afternoon, Perma-Seal’s office staff had set more than 2,300 appointments for customers wanting to have their basements waterproofed to avoid further problems during the next rainstorm. The staff fielded more than 500 internet inquiries regarding flooding, waterproofing, and general requests for assistance from homeowners throughout the Chicagoland area.

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Named As a Top Dealer Worldwide

Downers Grove, IL
February 2007

At the 2007 Grip-Tite Dealer Meeting, Perma-Seal Foundation Repair was named 2007's #4 dealer out of over 60 dealers worldwide. Perma-Seal performs structural foundation repairs and is the authorized dealer for Perma-Seal Foundation Piering Systems. Perma-Seal’s consultants and installers receive training and national support from this network, keeping them on the cutting edge of current technology in foundation repairs.

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