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The Better Business Bureau Interviews Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal

The Better Business Bureau Interviews Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal

This Q&A is one in a series of articles about the business executives who help guide your BBB. This is an edited transcript of an interview with Roy Spencer, president of Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Immediate Past Chair of the BBB, and a member of the Executive Committee of the BBB Board of Directors.

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Fixing Foundation Cracks in Downers Grove, IL - What You Need to Know

A village in DuPage County, Illinois, Downers Grove was named number 8 in Forbes America's Friendliest Towns and number 5 in CNN's Best Places for a Healthy Retirement. It also has one of the nation's most educated citizenry and has expansive parks, and a significant number of doctors and hospitals.  

Downers Grove also has one of the highest teardown rates in the area with older residences being torn down for larger, newer homes. But sometimes, even if the homes are new, not much care is given to the foundation or backfill, which is often carried over from the old home.  

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Elk Grove Village Basement Crack Repair

Elk Grove Village is known for its elk. Though not native to the area, it has become an important part of the municipality's identity. Located in northeastern Illinois, it is also home to the largest industrial park in the US with over 3,600 businesses located in its 5.4 square-mile area.  With the elk and industrial park, residents have their hands full, which makes it understandable if they don't notice the wall cracks that appear in their homes' basements.  

Cracks in the basement can cause moisture issues which, in turn, can cause flooding, damage to your belongings stored here, foster mold and mildew growth, and they can even weaken a home's foundation - this is why if you notice cracks starting to appear, it's best to have them fixed immediately.  

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Backfill a Damaged Foundation in Downers Grove, IL

Forbes named it number 8 in America's Friendliest Towns, and a day in Downer's Grove would easily tell you why with its hospitable village folk and smiling faces all around. Located in DuPage County, Illinois, the village also has one of the nation's best ranked places for education as announced by the American Community Survey. However, despite the high quality of education, many residents still aren't aware of how backfills can damage foundations. A home's foundation is filled with backfill once it is ready to stand on its own.

But there are cases when the backfill process isn't done properly and it can cause the foundation to give way. It can be aggravated by water or any number of other problems, but the main reason for backfill damaged foundations is the lack of experience of the ones filling it.

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Backfill Damaged Foundation in Chicago, IL - Fast Foundation Repair

Chicago is the third most populated city in the US. The seat of Cook County in Illinois, its metropolitan area is sometimes referred to as Chicagoland and is a cultural hub that has been a significant contributor to music, visual arts, film, theater and more.  

Being a large city, with thousands of homes, it can't be avoided that there are a number of homes with foundation problems - especially backfill damaged foundations.  

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What Would You Do if You Saw Cracking in Your Buffalo Grove, IL Home's Walls?

Named after the bison bones found in the area and the grove where the buffalo grazed and rested, Buffalo Grove is a village found in the northern suburbs of Chicago. An idyllic village home to two annual festivals, the Buffalo Grove Days and Arts Festival, residents don't have much to complain about - except when their homes' walls start cracking.
 
For Buffalo Grove residents, what would you do if you saw cracking in your home's walls? Well, first and foremost, you must assess how serious the cracks are. As a rule of thumb, any crack that is wider than 1/16 of an inch should be a cause for concern, especially if water seeps in through them. These are indications of foundation movement, which is not good.
 
If the cracks are wider than 1/64 inches, termites can slip through and wreak havoc, as well.
 
Solutions for Wall Cracks
 
Wall cracks are ugly and aren't easy to fix. There may be DIY stopgap solutions, but if you want long-term results, a professional is needed.
 
Calling a Perma-Seal professional will ensure that the cracks' cause is determined while evaluating the foundation of your home inside and out. A professional will know what repairs are needed and can seal existing cracks for good, while making sure that future cracks are prevented.
 
Repairs to the foundation can be expensive, so be sure to call a trusted professional from Perma-Seal. Others may diagnose non-existent problems, or worse, do the wrong repairs which can cause more problems in the long run.
 
Benefits for Buffalo Grove Homeowners
 
The benefits of having a crack-free home range from the aesthetic – that is, no more ugly cracks ruining your walls – to your overall mental state. You won't have to worry about cracks anymore and wonder if or when your house might crumble, and you won't have to stress about termites coming in or water seeping through. Peace of mind is the most important benefit of having your home's cracks evaluated and repaired, that can't be measured in value.
 
Stop worrying about those cracks in your walls now, call a Perma-Seal professional to make things right.
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Is it Normal for an Arlington Heights, IL Home to Settle or Sink?

Arlington Heights is part of Cook County with a population of more than 75,000. Known for Arlington Race Track and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, this super village has a lot to offer its residents and visitors. However, with the recent development boom in Arlington Heights, many residents ask, "is it normal for a home to settle or sink?"
 
You might feel a tinge of panic if your home starts to sink, and joints and floorboards begin to creak along with other mysterious sounds, but give it enough time, all houses will settle. While perfectly normal, unless the home is built to account for settling, this can cause serious problems.
 
Be sure to check your home for major cracks in the foundation and walls. Even if the foundation of a home seems okay at first glance, sometimes settling can be caused by the deterioration of the building materials. If you do see cracks, this does not necessarily mean your house is settling, but can be a result of seasonal pressures or changes. For homes built with timber, try to notice if the walls start to bow from pressure.
 
If you suspect your home starting to settle, it's best to contact a professional from Perma-Seal.
 
Solutions to a Settling Home
 
Unfortunately, a settling house can't be fixed by yourself. By contacting a professional from Perma-Seal, solutions will differ depending whether the settling is caused by the foundation, or from the materials used in building the home.
 
If the foundation is at fault, foundation repair needs to be done immediately. Excavations will be made around the footing of the house and heavy-duty screws will be used to raise the house. These will act as extra support. Additionally, foundation walls can be anchored and gently pulled.
 
If materials are deteriorating, these will have to be replaced. If repairs are not possible, a settling home might have to undergo extensive renovation.
 
Benefits to the Arlington Heights Homeowner
 
A sinking home is never a good thing. By having a Perma-Seal professional look at it, you ensure the continued structural integrity of your home. Nobody likes a crumbling, sinking home with a weak foundations.
 
If you address your home's settling, you prolong its life for years to come!
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Sewer Backup Protection Chicago

Oak Brook is home to some of the wealthiest citizens in Illinois and the United States. A village in DuPage County, Illinois, its population is at a modest 7,883 and is home to the headquarters of McDonald's, Ace Hardware, Blistex, and Lion's Club International. With all the homes that have taken root in Oak Brook, it's important to make sure that the root (or foundation) of your home is structurally sound, lest everything falls down.  For Oak Brook, IL residents, how do you know if you have a structural issue? First, you should know that structural issues can be caused by; subsidence – caused by the downward shift of your home's foundations; damp; fungal decay; and woodworm.  

Though cracks in walls are a sign of subsidence, it can also just be the effects of settlement or natural changes in temperature and humidity. However, if the cracks are around 1mm or more in width, and usually wider at the bottom, this can be a sign of something more and professional help is needed.  Damp, on the other hand, is cause by lack of ventilation, water penetration through walls (caused by gutter or roof problems), or from the ground rising up through the walls which in turn carries salt.  

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How the Summer Drought Causes Structural Foundation Damage

The extremely dry weather we are experiencing causes the ground to crack, move or even sink, which could damage your home's foundation! If you have cracks in your foundation or you're seeing gaps under your cabinets or baseboards, schedule an estimate today!

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Dry Weather Can Lead to Structural Problems with Your Foundation

This year's drought did more than damage crops. Many Chicagoland homes have been left with structural foundation damage.

You should be on the lookout for cracks in your brickwork, walls and ceilings, and you may even notice that your floors are uneven. These are symptoms that can indicate structural issues. But you should also be aware that if your doors and windows aren't functioning properly, it's very important to determine the root of the problem before having them replaced. If you have structural problems, new window and doors will end up behaving just like the old ones.

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The Drought Could be Causing Damage to Your Foundation!

The Drought Could be Causing Damage to Your Foundation!

droughts can damage structural foundations

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How to Spot Foundation Damage Caused by Drought

How to Spot Foundation Damage Caused by Drought

You don’t have to be a weather geek to be well aware of the severe heat waves and drought that have affected much of the country in recent years. The impact on gardens, once-green lawns and other landscaping is unmistakable. But what you may not know is that this kind of heat and extended dryness can mean big problems for your home. It can cause the ground beneath your house to harden and crack, and even start moving and sinking. And of course, when the ground starts to shift it can cause damage to your home’s foundation. Luckily, if you know where to look, these kinds of issues can be spotted and repaired.

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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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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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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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Foundation Repair | Bowed Walls | Wall Crack Repair

Structural foundation failure can leave you with bowing walls, uneven floors, foundation cracking, wall cracking, doors and windows not functioning properly, and other problems. You know who to call in the Chicagoland area—Perma-Seal Basement Systems. We can fix your foundation permanently.
800-421-SEAL //www.permaseal.net

We serve the Chicago Metro area, including:

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