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Oak Lawn Crawl Space Encapsulation

A suburb of Chicago, Oak Lawn is a village that prides itself with its 'home town' atmosphere. Home to such notable people as NBA star Dwyane Wade and rapper Kanye West, Oak Lawn has its own contributions to the Hollywood culture. However, with all the home town feel Oak Lawn possesses, come the same home town problems everyone else has to deal with, and that's moisture or flooding in their home's crawl space.

Crawl space moisture can cause many issues. From musty smells to mold and mildew growth, rotting wooden posts to cracking concrete foundations, the issues can range from the irritating to the very serious.

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

A town in Hanover and Center Townships, Lake County, Indiana, Cedar Lake boasts a population of just 11,560 with an abundance of hills around the largest natural lake in northwest Indiana - an area with 14.46% water in its geography, Cedar Lake is far from what you would call 'a dry place.'
Because of its geography, Cedar Lake residents are often troubled by water seepage in their crawl spaces. This moisture builds up and causes damage to foundations, and can also trigger mold and fungal growth. So, how does one control water seepage then?
Solutions to Water Seepage in Crawl Spaces
Some crawl spaces have concrete flooring which helps protect against unwanted water, but there are some homes with unfinished crawl spaces that can cause more moisture than its concrete counterparts. The first thing to do is to figure out the source of the problem. This can range from cracks and holes in the wall and/or floor, or it can be the result of poor drainage from the roof and downspouts.
Once you detect the source, you should then have the wood surfaces of your crawl space inspected for mold or mildew. Depending on the damage, you can have it cleaned off or replaced. This can be difficult to DIY your way through, so it’s best to call a Perma-Sealprofessional to help.
A professional can pinpoint the source more accurately, and can repair or replace all that needs fixing without causing more damage.
Benefits for Cedar Lake Homeowners
The benefits of having a crawl space that’s free of seepage far outweighs whatever costs you might incur from having it fixed. You won't have to worry about mildew, mold or fungal growth, your foundations are safe from rapid deterioration, wood surfaces are clean and won't degrade easily, and perhaps most importantly, you and your family's health is secure.
The peace of mind that comes with a worry-free crawl space should not be ignored! If you have water seepage in your crawl space and need immediate help, call a Perma-Seal professional 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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