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Sump Pump Talk

The heart and soul of every waterproofing system is the sump pump. Basically, a sump pump is an appliance that pumps water out away from your home, thereby preventing water build-up and floods.

While a home’s sump pump should ideally be checked everyday, we all know that’s not possible. Instead, try to check if it’s working as it should before any major storm. At the minimum, your sump pump should be check thoroughly at least once a year.

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Secrets to Crawl Space Waterproofing for Hinsdale Homeowners

Hinsdale is a quaint village in Illinois that is in the top 1% of the wealthiest towns in the state. Known for its beautiful homes, the village is a teardown culture with over 30% of homes being new rebuilds. But no matter how beautiful your home is, it's prone to some nasty crawl space moisture issues unless protected.  

Given the cold winters, hot summers, and common thunderstorms in the area, Hinsdale can experience a deal of precipitation each year. Combined with unfortunate accidents with piping, or maybe with the water table, many crawl spaces can develop moisture issues.  

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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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All Sump Pumps Will Fail Eventually, So How Can You Protect Your Carpentersville, IL Home?

Carpentersville, a village in Kane County, Illinois with a population of about 38,000, is not a high profile city with high profile problems. However, that doesn't mean its homes are problem-free.
 
An average summer here receives over a foot of rain, and if left unchecked, Carpentersville homes' basements can be inundated with water. Despite being out of sight and out of mind, the sump pump is probably the hardest working piece of appliance you have.
 
Working non-stop during the wet days will wear down these mechanical marvels, and thus, it may cause them to eventually fail. So, how can you protect your home?
 
Solutions to Preventing Sump Pump Failure
 
Sump pumps should be checked at least a couple of times each year to ensure proper operation. This can be done by simply pouring some water in the sump pit until the pump begins to cycle. It only takes a couple of minutes and is a very easy process. Don't wait for the waters to come in to find out if your pump works, so take the extra effort to check it every once in awhile.
 
The average life of a sump pump is 10 years, so if yours has exceeded this lifespan, it is best to have it replaced immediately. Also, it is a good idea to have a battery operated back up sump pump installed to make sure you have a second defense measure in case your primary pump fails.
 
To help you replace and install your sump pump (whether primary or back up), call Perma-Seal today!
 
Benefits to Carpentersville Homeowners
 
If a sump pump fails in the midst of a rainstorm, your basement can be flooded with hundreds of gallons of water. It only takes a little bit of water to cause thousands of dollars in damage - especially since your furnace, water heater, and other mechanical and electrical devices can be affected.
 
By making sure your pump works, or having it replaced with a back up installed, you effectively protect not just your basement, but all the other appliances you have in your basement.
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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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Why Does My Crystal Lake, IL Crawl Space Smell Musty?

Crystal Lake, IL is located in southeastern McHenry County and it’s named after a beautiful lake about 1.6 miles west of its town center. This quaint town is home to TECO pottery. The American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company was founded here in 1881 and it was eventually responsible for the creation of TECO pottery, a popular pottery style which is seen in many museums around the country.

As a Crystal Lake area homeowner, you care a lot about your home’s interior and exterior, and if you have a leaky, musty crawl space under your home, you need to get it taken care of fast by a professional waterproofing company, such as Perma-Seal.
 Ever wondered where the musty smell from crawl spaces comes from? The kind where no matter how much air freshener you use, or dehumidifiers you place around the house, the smell continues to emanate and wreak havoc on your personal space?   Musty smells usually peak during the summer and winter months when warm air naturally rises in a house either from the weather or from artificial heating. This pushes the air in crawl spaces to get sucked into the main area of your home, thus causing the musty smell.   

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What Can I Do To Fix My Leaky Crawl Space in Cicero, IL?

Cicero, IL, named after Cicero, NY, is home to the Hawthorne Race Course, Chodl Auditorium, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Being very historic, many residents in Cicero are proud of their town and of their homes. If fact, we get a lot of phone calls from concerned homeowners in this area who wish to know what they can do to fix their wet, damp crawl space that sits unused under their home.

Well it’s just a crawl space, it’s not important right?

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