How to Fix Structural Foundation Problems. Roy and Lou talk about different structural damage in your foundation and how to fix the issues.
Perma-Seal News and Information
Aurora in Illinois, has seen tremendous growth in the past 50 years. It has been ranked consistently since 2000 as one of the fastest growing cities in the US. With an annual precipitation of 40 inches, and with floods occurring in the Fox River valley and Blackberry Creek areas, Aurora basements have a tendency to be humid the whole year round.
Humid basements can foster the growth of fungi and mold, which can become lead to health issues if left untreated. Humidity can also damage electronic appliances and cause wood rot and weakening foundations.
The third most populated city in the US, Chicago, Illinois also has one of the most extreme weather patterns. Lying in the humid continental climate zone, summers can be hot and humid while winters are cold. Thunderstorms are also common during the summer and spring.
These weather changes can cause moisture and humidity issues in any home's basement. Basement humidity and moisture foster mold and mildew growth, and this can cause health issues. It can also make your tools and appliances rusty, and it can affect electronic items you may have kept in your basement.
(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.’”
The Basement or Crawl Space – Damp and Humid
The one feature that sets the basement apart from other levels in your home is the ambient dampness. That’s not surprising is it? After all, a deep hole was dug to accommodate the basement, and the earth is typically wet and cold (about 55 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. Solid concrete is a pretty good thermal conductor — it lets heat pass right through it — and is somewhat porous; is it any surprise that your basement or crawl space feels damp and humid? For years, cellars were built under homes with the full expectation that they would be a cool, wet space, not fit for habitation but ideal for root vegetables and vintage wines. Today, expectations have changed. People recognize the potential value of their below-ground space, be it a basement or a crawl space, and want to be able to use it confidently for storage, living, and even for entertainment purposes.