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How Crawl Space Encapsulation can Protect Your Entire Home

A village in Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois, Hinsdale is listed as in the top 1% of the wealthiest towns in the state. Known for its beautiful residences, Hinsdale is a pleasant place to live in. However, like most places in the Chicago area, it is prone to extreme weather conditions, making homes susceptible to moisture issues.  

Moisture issues in crawl spaces are pretty common, especially if your home isn't protected from the elements. If a crawl space suffers from moisture issues, your home will be susceptible to mold, fungi and mildew. Moisture can also cause wooden posts to rot and it can lead to premature degradation of the foundation.  

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Seal Your Crawl Space in Oak Park, IL

Oak Park is a village on the western side of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois and has a population of 51,878. It's located on top of the ancient shore of Lake Chicago though today its geography consists of exactly zero water. Despite this absence of water, many Oak Park residents still experience moisture troubles in their crawl spaces, which can cause a host of problems. 

Crawl space moisture can cause the growth of mold and mildew, rot in wooden posts, deterioration of the foundation, and other structural and health issues. If left unattended, it can be harmful to your house and to you and your family's health.  

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What's the Best Way to Control Water Seepage in a Dyer, IN Home's Crawl Space?

A bedroom community located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana that placed 97th on the '100 Best Places to Live in the US' list compiled by CNN Money Magazine. However, just like any other community, many Dyer home's crawl spaces can experience water seepage.  

Water seepage is when water or moisture finds its way into your crawl space and causes a slew of problems from a musty smell emanating from the space to deterioration of the foundation. Thus, water seepage is something that must be controlled.   So what's the best way to control water seepage and keep your Dyer home's crawl space dry? 

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Does Your Crystal Lake, IL Home Have A Crawl Space? Then You're Breathing Air From It

Does Your Crystal Lake, IL Home Have A Crawl Space? Then You're Breathing Air From It

 

 
 
Located in southeastern McHenry County, Illinois, Crystal Lake is about 45 miles northwest of Chicago and has a population of about 38,000. With a climate similar to Chicago's, Crystal Lake usually has its wettest months during August and July, and has hot summers and cold winters. These seasonal extremes can wreak havoc on the air you breathe in your home. But, why is that?
 
Well, most homes in the U.S. have their own crawl space, if not a basement, and these crawl spaces can be a breeding ground for mold. While mold can be detrimental to your home's foundation, not many know it can also affect your health, as well as the air you breathe.
 
Solutions for Cleaner Crawl Space Air
 
It must be stressed that crawl space encapsulationis a one-time deal. If it's properly done the first time, you shouldn't have to worry about moisture, mold, or humidity anymore. To make sure encapsulation is properly done, your best bet is to call a Perma-Seal professional.
 
With a Perma-Seal professional, your home’s crawl space will be made much more healthier by ensuring that its ventilation is adequate, that your home's HVAC system (if present) is perfectly sealed, and that your crawl space has a proper vapor barrier, dehumidifier and sump pump. 
 
Depending on what your crawl space needs, a Perma-Seal professional can determine what tools and repairs should be done to make sure your health is secure.
 
Benefits to Crystal Lake Homeowners
 
Crawl space encapsulation that is properly done is a one-time deal only, and that means you don't have to worry about it anymore. Of course, routine maintenance is needed, but this can be done once or twice a year to ensure that your sump pump and other systems are working properly.
 
But perhaps the biggest benefit of having your crawl space sealed is to you and your family's health.This alone is worth the effort.
 
To make sure the air you breathe is free from mold and other nasty airborne particles, call Perma-Seal today.
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How Can I Use My Crawl Space for Storage and Not Ruin Any of My Family’s Items in Bolingbrook, IL?

The 17th largest incorporated place in Illinois, Bolingbrook is a large village located in Will and DuPage Counties and is a relatively new suburb of Chicago, being incorporated in 1965. With the motto "A Place to Grow," Bolingbrook residents find their stuff growing in numbers, as well. So the question many ask is "How can I use my crawl space for storage and not ruin any of my family items?"
 
The problem with crawl spaces is it sometimes attracts unwanted creatures such as rats, and can be very musty and moist. These conditions, obviously, are not suitable for any kind of storage. However, with a little knowledge, and some help from a professional, you can turn your crawl space into the perfect storage area.
 
Solutions to Using Crawl Space as a Storage Area
 
The first thing you need is to create access to the crawl space. You can build a trapdoor in the middle of the floor, but it can be unsightly so a hidden door inside a closet is a good alternative.
 
If your crawl space has cement flooring, consider yourself lucky, but if it's not, you would need to have these finished for sealed protection against water and rats. Now is a good time to call a Perma-Seal professional.
 
Aside from the flooring, a Perma-Seal professional can check the foundation walls and ensure that the crawl space will be moisture proof, or at least, moisture ready. From installing a sump pump, to putting up dehumidifiers, the professional can make your crawl space storage-ready in no time.
 
But despite the best efforts of your Perma-Seal professional, it's best to store your items inside a storage box for added protection against the elements and unwanted critters.
 
Benefits to Bolingbrook, IL Homeowners
 
The benefits of converting your crawl space into a storage area are tremendous. If you feel your home getting too cramped with too much stuff you don't need, but are too attached to throw it all away, crawl spaces are the best solution. It's also cheaper in the long run than having to rent storage lockers.
 
Call a Perma-Seal professional today, and find out how to effectively convert your crawl space into a better storage area.

 

 

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Want to Add a Concrete Floor to Your Berwyn, IL Home's Crawl Space? Think again!

With a city population of 56,657, Berwyn, IL won't be mistaken as the nearby super city of Chicago. Located in Cook County, Berwyn is co-existent with Berwyn Township and is noted as having the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the country. All those bungalows mean a lot of crawl spaces. If you are thinking about adding a concrete floor to your crawl space, you’d better think again.
 
Don't get us wrong, a concrete floor in your crawl space can be a good idea, especially if rats are a problem, but there are disadvantages as well. Before you jump into adding concrete, think everything through and weigh the pros and cons. If you can live with the cons, then go ahead and put a concrete slab in your crawl space. But remember to ask for advice from a Perma-Seal professional first.
 
Concrete Floor in Crawl Space Solutions
 
A concrete floor may prevent rats from entering your home through the crawl space. In fact, it is called a 'rat slab' in contractor parlance. However, when rats are no longer a problem, you might trigger another problem in the form of issues with water pressure and moisture.
 
Concrete can crack, and water pressure can do that to your concrete slab. Once water gets through the cracks, it won't easily be absorbed by the ground (since it's now covered in concrete) and this will make your crawl space a breeding ground for mold and fungus. Mold and fungus spread easily, and can cause your foundations to decay and crumble - not to mention the health risks of having a higher than normal mold levels.
 
However, with the help of a professional, you can waterproof your crawl space to prevent moisture related problems from happening. This includes adding a sump pump, a backup sump pump, vapor barriers, floor liners, new drainage pipes, and what-not.
 
Benefits to Berwyn Homeowners
 
The benefits vary, of course. Leaving your crawl space as is has its own pros and cons, while adding a concrete floor has its own benefits and disadvantages. It all boils down to what you want to deal with in the future.
 
If you need help deciding, feel free to consult with a Perma-Seal professional today.
 
 
 

 

 

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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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Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

While you may not want to think about it, you should be aware that what happens in your crawl space directly affects your family’s health and the value of your home.

The natural airflow of your house draws moisture, gasses and odors from the earth into your upstairs living environment. When it’s cold outside and your house is closed up, the odds are you’re breathing very unhealthy air. Did you know, studies have shown an open, untreated crawl space can also rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase energy costs? You can transform your dirt or gravel crawl space into a healthy, useable, dry area of your home with our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. We can also add insulation…to help you save on those monthly energy bills.

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Featured Product: Crawl Space Encapsulation

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Studies have shown that an open, untreated crawl space can rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase your energy costs.

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The Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation with Lou Manfredini

The Benefits of Crawl Space Encapsulation with Lou Manfredini

If you live over a dirt crawl space, odors, gases and every critter that crawls the earth have a free pass into your home. So what should you do to improve your dirty, damp and musty crawl space?  In the videos Lou mentions the many benefits of encapsulating your crawl space.

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Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

But yours doesn’t have to be.

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you’ll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off Crawl Space Encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit www.permaseal.net.

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Crawl Space Repair Chicago

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you'll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off crawl space encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit //www.permaseal.net.
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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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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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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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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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Should I Seal My Crawl Space?

Should I Seal My Crawl Space?

If you have not considered sealing your crawl space, you should consider it! There are many reasons why a clean, sealed crawl space will be better for your home and family.

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Crawl Space Contractor Chicago | Crawl Space Sealing | Perma-Seal Basement Systems

Unsealed crawl spaces can cause allergic reaction, due to a damp environment suitable for mold and mildew growth, as well in the habitation of insects and other critters. A moldy crawl space is not only hazards to your health but can also cause damage to your foundation if left untreated. Perma-Seal Basement Systems can solve all your crawl space repairs.

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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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