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.

Perma-Seal Donation Provides Storage Solution for DuPagePads

Perma-Seal Donation Provides Storage Solution for DuPagePads

Last June, Perma-Seal began a basement waterproofing project at DuPagePads' Employment and Education building at 705 West Liberty in Wheaton, IL. The project was completed by September 2014. It was a big job which involved sealing off the basement area so that it wouldn't allow seepage inside. The basement of the building is used to store diapers, hygiene products, pads for sleeping, clothing, and more - all items which must be kept dry so that participants in their program can live healthy, safe lives.

DuPagePads' mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County. They provide interim (overnight) housing and permanent supportive housing plans.

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How Do I Stop my Chicago Heights Basement From Flooding?

How Do I Stop my Chicago Heights Basement From Flooding?

Nicknamed "Crossroads of the Nation," Chicago Heights is a city located in Cook County, Illinois that has served as a haven for German, Italian, Polish, Irish, African American, and Hispanic immigrants since 1900. Despite the city's geography being composed of just 0.10% water, many Chicago Heights residents are still plagued with flooded basements.

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Flooded Basement in Chicago, IL

Have you ever dealt with the heartache, clean up and damage caused by a a flooded basement? Too often Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana homeowners have to part with ruined family heirlooms, photographs or childhood memories because they were stored downstairs in an unprotected area. Or every rainstorm there are homeowners who invested into finishing their basement, but didn't waterproof the area first, that have to rip out all that dry wall, carpet and furniture because it was destroyed by water that made its way into the home.

Or maybe you're one of the many homeowners who just deals with the water seepage or flooding every time it rains or snow starts to melt on a mild winter day. We've heard many clients who live with water issues say, "it not a big deal, it's just the basement or crawl space and I never even go do there!" Even if you don't have nicely finished basement or may not keep anything valuable downstairs, most people don't realize that basement moisture, regardless of how much or little there is, will cause damage eventually.

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Deadline for FEMA Assistance Ends Next Tuesday!

Deadline for FEMA Assistance Ends Next Tuesday!

DON’T MISS OUT! Next Tuesday, July 9, is the deadline to register for FEMA assistance. Illinoisans who were affected by the April 16 to May 5 severe weather and who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only one week left to call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) to find out if they are eligible for disaster assistance. Visit //www.fema.gov/disaster/4116 for the latest news and to find out where you can go this weekend for valuable information and assistance.  

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FEMA Helping Chicagoland Homeowners Affected By Recent Storms

FEMA Helping Chicagoland Homeowners Affected By Recent Storms

In case you haven’t heard, Disaster Recovery Centers opened today in DuPage and Grundy Counties to serve people who were affected by the recent severe storms, and flooding. DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

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Being Prepared: Flood Awareness Week

Being Prepared: Flood Awareness Week

Floods are one of the most powerful, deadly, and destructive natural disasters.

Like Perma-Seal, the focus of the flood safety awareness message is to educate homeowners and encourage them to be proactive, and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property from water damage.

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Promoting Green Solutions

The nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a Chicago-based think-and-do tank that researches, pilots, and advocates solutions for property owners in towns and cities across the Chicago region that are paying millions of dollars to tackle basement and backyard flooding problems. CNT’s Wetrofit service offers fast track solutions for budget-strapped communities aimed at alleviating this flooding, revitalizing neighborhoods and generating jobs. 

CNT has established one of the largest family residential green retrofit programs in the nation and has already been piloted in several communities in the Chicagoland area. However, CNT is now making the case to national leaders for the financing of green infrastructure retrofits, knowing that wetrofitting can offer effective and accountable local services to many other areas throughout the country.

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Much Needed Rain Storm Causes Major Flooding

Much Needed Rain Storm Causes Major Flooding

Throughout the entire day yesterday, a slow moving storm rolled through Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and brought some much needed rain to the area. As much as four inches of rain fell in a mater of hours, with the city of Chicago and the Western Suburbs getting hit the hardest. The prolonged downpours led to flooding and closures of some major roadways, including Lake Shore Drive. By Sunday evening, many cars were found stalled or even completely submerged in water due to the flash floods.

But these storms didn’t just affect traffic.  Unfortunately, many homeowners spent their Sunday nights dealing with the water that was flooding into their basements. If you have experienced any seepage or water leaking into your home, it’s important to have it dealt with right away. Ignoring the problem could lead to further damage of your home and family’s personal belongings.  And most importantly, it will affect the health of your family.  Active water leaks or excessive dampness will help support the growth of dangerous molds in your lower living area.  Although you may think it will stay downstairs, it won’t. The mold will make its way upstairs into the living environment of the home, and it could be responsible for causing headaches, allergies, breathing problems, and a number of other health-related issues that your family should not have to contend with!

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April Showers bring flooded basements; how ready are you?

April Showers bring flooded basements; how ready are you?

How ready is your basement for the next big spring rain?

Do you know how many sump pumps fail?…All of them. And that means water damage in your basement, which leads to headache and heartache for you and your family.  However, thousands of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana residents continue to live without a backup for their sump pump system.

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Chicago & Northwest Indiana hit with record rainfall last night!

Chicago & Northwest Indiana hit with record rainfall last night!

Chicago Flooding

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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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