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.

What to Do with Basement Wall Cracks in Chicago or Northwest Indiana

What to Do with Basement Wall Cracks in Chicago or Northwest Indiana

If you're finding cracks in your home's foundation walls, you are not alone. Wall cracks are the most common type of basement seepage problem and can be found in homes all over Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The first step to repairing any crack is to contact a professional waterproofing company in your area to come and give you a free estimate to repair the issue. Here are a few things the professionals will look at to help determine the best repair method for your home.

What kind of foundation does your home have?

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Finding the Best Basement Waterproofing Company in Chicago or Northwest Indiana

If you're experiencing any kind of water seepage, dampness or active leaks in your basement or crawl space, it's time to start searching for local crawl space or basement waterproofing contractors in your area. Even if you're very handy around the house or a big time fan of DIY, most basement waterproofing issues are almost always better left to the professionals. The kinds of repairs, patches and paints that you can purchase at your local hardware store are not permanent and eventually these will fail, once again causing water damage and costly repairs to your home.

The first thing you'll find when you start searching around online is that there are a ton of companies in the Chicagoland area that repair basement or crawl space leaks. Here are a few things to consider when searching for the best company to hire for your basement needs.

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Basement Leak in Chicagoland

Basement Leak in Chicagoland

Does your basement get any small water leaks or seepage from time to time when it rains? If so, don't put off getting it repaired any longer! Did you know that a basement leak, even though it may seem small and insignificant, can actually cause major damage and destruction to your basement walls, floor, and can even lead to health problems for your family? It's the truth! Basement moisture has been known to cause a variety of problems throughout the entire home, so it's not just limited to your basement!

In fact, a damp, humid or wet basement has been known to trigger:

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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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Pain in the Drain: The Holidays Can Be Tough on Your Plumbing

Pain in the Drain: The Holidays Can Be Tough on Your Plumbing

By Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal The winter holidays are certainly a festive time for many homeowners, but they can also be a particularly tough time for your plumbing and sewer lines. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of paper waste can resulted in clogged drains and are frequent culprits of pipe-clogging sewer problems during this time of year. If you don’t catch a blockage in time, your household plumbing systems can become inoperable and, what’s worse, raw sewage can back up through toilets, tubs and sinks into your home. Here’s how to avoid trouble with your sewer lines this holiday season:

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Tips for Your Home this Fall

Tips for Your Home this Fall

The temperatures in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana have been dropping every week, and that can only mean one thing… winter is right around the corner! While no one wants to think about sub-zero readings or snowstorms just yet, it is a good time to think about getting your home ready for the winter. In fact, autumn is the perfect time to prepare your home for cold weather!

There are several steps you can take to keep your house warmer and healthier. First, make sure your furnace or heating system is cleaned and serviced, as that’s something you really can’t afford to be without. Next, check your attic. Adding insulation to your attic could be the most cost-efficient way to cut home heating costs. Any ducts, wires or pipes that penetrate the wall, ceiling or floor also have the potential to let the cold in. And don’t forget to check around your doors and windows for leaks or drafts. 

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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 Lends a Helping Hand to a Homeowner in Need

Perma-Seal Lends a Helping Hand to a Homeowner in Need

Perma-Seal was honored to assist with a recent home rehabilitation project run by Habitat For Humanity in Lansing, IL in order to provide a family in need with a decent, affordable home. Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs (HHCSS), in partnership with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, is taking part in a federal program to help alleviate the dilemma of foreclosed homes in the community. The program allows Habitat to purchase foreclosed properties and transform them into warm, safe, energy efficient homes. The homes can then be sold to qualified, low-income families who meet certain guidelines. Taking part in worthy projects such as these is an ongoing part of fulfilling Perma-Seal’s mission to help make the world a better place and to help homeowners improve the quality of their homes.

This particular project was very unique as the home was nearing foreclosure and was in need of repairs. A wet basement was among the multitude of repairs needed to improve the living conditions of the home. The homeowner had previously experienced seepage and flooding, and did not have a sump pump to help control the water around the house. This was going to be quite a task to repair, so Habitat For Humanity turned to the experts at Perma-Seal for help.

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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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Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

Martini Billboard

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 takes part in a Home Makeover!

Perma-Seal takes part in a Home Makeover!

This past Saturday, May 19, the Perma-Seal Tribe teamed up with a local organization, Global Hope, and helped out at a community service project at the Downers Grove Ray Graham House. We met up for carpentry repair work, yard clean up, added a fresh coat of paint to the living quarters or anything else we could lend a helping hand with.

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Featured Product: Primary & Backup Sump Pumps

Do what tens of thousands of other smart homeowners have done and get a backup system for your sump pump. You can't control the weather, prevent a power outage, or predict when a mechanical failure will happen, but a Battery Backup Pump System can get you prepared for all three.

Don't be a victim, take control now. For over 30 years, Perma-Seal has helped thousands of homeowners protect their homes by keeping their basements dry. Our evaluation is free but your peace of mind is priceless. Want some more good news? Call by April 30th, 2012 and you'll receive 10 percent off all primary and backup sump pump systems*.

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Basement Waterproofing Solutions Chicago

Wet basements and water seepage, foundation settlement issues or damp and moldy crawl spaces, Perma-Seal has the solution. We are Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's trusted basement waterproofing contractor and foundation repair specialist.

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Perma-seal Teams up with Bernie’s Book Bank to Collect Children’s Books in March

Perma-seal Teams up with Bernie’s Book Bank to Collect Children’s Books in March

DOWNERS GROVE, IL: March 7, 2012 – Perma-Seal is sponsoring a children’s book collection to support local non-profit Bernie’s Book Bank throughout the month of March. The goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books!

Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to at-risk children all over Chicago and its suburbs with the intention of creating book owners and readers for a lifetime. Founded in December 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 600,000 books to Chicago-area children through schools and other organizations that serve large populations of at-risk children.

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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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Even Dry Basements Require Inspection

Even Dry Basements Require Inspection

Hanging up a new, clean calendar is a ritual for many at the beginning of each year, and we quickly begin the process of filling in all of those important dates. Along with fun things like birthdays and anniversaries, we start making appointments to have our teeth cleaned, the furnace checked, the oil in our cars changed, or even a yearly checkup with our doctor. Thank goodness for those handy reminders we get in the mail to help us remember to schedule the all-important annual checkups!

While you’re making your list of important things to check on an annual basis, do not forget about scheduling a basement inspection. A dry basement is an invaluable asset to your home,  even more important when you have a finished basement. The small cost of maintaining your lower living space is minimal compared to the amount of trouble and heartache you would experience if you had several inches of water suddenly appear downstairs.

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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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Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand

Earlier in 2011, Perma-Seal and several other contractors and companies took part in a home adaptive renovation project in Oak Lawn, Illinois, (sponsored by Salute, Inc) to honor an injured Marine Yuriy and his wife Aimee.

Yuriy is a young Marine veteran who served two terms in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of many awards, combat action ribbons and medals. Upon returning home and making plans to be married, he had an appendix attack. He was sent to a military hospital for a routine appendectomy where complications during surgery led to him in a coma for two and a half months. He is now suffering with an Anoxic brain injury, which has left him unable to speak, visually impaired, unable to walk and has spasticity in both hands. As soon as Yuriy came out of the coma Aimee decided to marry him and care for him.

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Basement Waterproofing Chicago | Sump Pump Inspection | Beyond the Ivy Promo

Perma-Seal Basement Systems have been waterproofing basement in the greater Chicago area for theh past 30 years. Call by June 30, 2011 to receive a free inspection of your basement, and sump pump and you will be entered to win two tickets to Beyond the Ivy. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit //www.permaseal.net to learn more on how we can help waterproof your basement.

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Basement Waterproofing Chicago with Lou Manfredini | Foundation Repair | Sump Pump Systems

Lou Manfredini, a National Home Improvement Expert, discusses Perma-Seal,Basement Systems of Chicago, about their work with basement waterproofing solutions and sump pump systems . Contact Perma-Seal today at 800-421-SEAL or visit //www.permaseal.net for a free estimate on your wet basement problems.

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Basement Pre-Finishing Chicago | Basement Waterproofing | Pre-Finishing Sale

Perma-Seal's May Basement Pre-Finishing Sale. We're helping you to prepare to finish your basement with our 10% off sale in May! You can save 10% on all Basement Pre-Finishing Products. Learn more about Perma-Seal Pre-Finishing product at //www.permaseal.net or contact us at 800-421-SEAL.

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Perma-Seal Receives Award for Community Contribution

Perma-Seal Receives Award for Community Contribution

On last Wednesday, Perma-Seal was honored to receive the Award for Community Contribution. At the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony on February 9th, Perma-Seal was recognized for their philanthropic involvement in the community.

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Basement Waterproofing | Chicago Waterproofing Contractor | Sump Pump Systems

Chicago area homeowners have the opportunity to save 10% on all primary sump pump systems and backup sump pumps with Perma-Seal's March Sump Pump Sale. For more information about basement waterproofing, sump pump systems, or crawl space repair contact Perma-Seal at 800-421-SEAL, or through our website at //www.permaseal.net.

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Basement Waterproofing Contractor | Crawl Space Repair | Foundation Repair

Chicago area homeowners have the opportunity to save 10% on all primary sump pump systems and backup sump pumps with Perma-Seal's March Sump Pump Sale. For more information about basement waterproofing, sump pump systems, or crawl space repair contact Perma-Seal at 800-421-SEAL, or through our website at //www.permaseal.net.

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Chicago Foundation Repair Contractor | Basement Waterproofing | Sump Pump Systems

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is celebrating 31 years of basement waterproofing, foundation repair and crawl space repair in Chicago and the Chicago Metro Area. In celebration of this great accomplishment, and as a thank you to their valued customers, Perma-Seal is taking 10% off of their products and services. The sale begins on January 1, and absolutely ends on January 31, 2011.

Perma-Seal can be reached at 800-421-SEAL, 630-512-0002, or on through their website at www.permaseal.net.

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Basement Waterproofing | Foundation Repair | Crawl Space Repair

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is celebrating 31 years of basement waterproofing, foundation repair and crawl space repair in Chicago and the Chicago Metro Area. In celebration of this great accomplishment, and as a thank you to their valued customers, Perma-Seal is taking 10% off of their products and services. The sale begins on January 1, and absolutely ends on January 31, 2011.

Perma-Seal can be reached at 800-421-SEAL, 630-512-0002, or on through their website at www.permaseal.net.

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How To Choose the Best Basement Waterproofer

How To Choose the Best Basement Waterproofer

There are many Chicagoland basement waterproofing companies, and it is is difficult to know who is the best choice. When your basement is flooded, it is easy to call the first contractor that you find in the phone book. You might be in a desperate situation, but don’t make a decision in a state of panic. This is the number one way to find yourself in this situation again, and in turn, hiring another company to do it right. Take your time and make the right, informed decision on the first time.

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Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Specialists | Crawl Space Repair | Wet Basement Solutions

Perma-Seal is Chicago's #1 Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Company. They have been in business since 1979 and have won numerous awards for their excellent service.

Perma-Seal serves all of Chicagoland and parts of Northwest Indiana.

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Perma-Seal Busy After Chicago Storms

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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Chicago Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Contractor | Perma-Seal Basement Systems

Leaky basements can be a huge headache, and they pose a health risk when they are damp. You need to fix your cracked basement walls and foundation cracks before it becomes a bigger problem.
For over 30 years Perma-Seal Basement Systems has been the Chicago's #1 basement waterproofing and foundation repair contractor. We can permanently seal and waterproof your basement and can solve all your wet basement problems.

Contact us today to learn more about basement waterproofing solutions or for your free basement inspection at 800-421-SEAL or visit us at //www.permaseal.net

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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 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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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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Christmas Donations 2008

Christmas Donations 2008

Downers Grove, IL
December 2008

During these tough economic times, it’s clear that the need for help in our community is greater than ever.

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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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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Assisting Residents

Downers Grove, IL
February 4, 2008

What happens when you send a talented group of volunteers from Perma-Seal to make a difference? More than you could ever imagine! Perma-Seal Basement Systems joined forces with Global Hope, Inc. in their efforts to make a difference in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Back in April of 2007, several Global Hope board members visited New Orleans for Jazz Fest. While they were there, the seized the opportunity to volunteer with Common Ground Relief and quickly realized the ongoing need for help in the area. Upon their return, they immediately began planning a pilot service trip and sought business involvement.

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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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