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Secrets to Leaky Crawl Space Waterproofing in Highland Park, IL

Highland Park, a suburban municipality of Lake County in Illinois, is located on the North Shore of the Chicago metropolitan area. Home to a vibrant shopping district, Highland Park also has its share of landmark structures, with several homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other prominent architects.  

However, whether your home is designed by a famous architect or not, given the weather patterns in the area and other naturally occurring issues, many homeowners experience leaky crawl spaces that can cause a lot of headaches. 

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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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