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.

Chicago Foundation Repair Contractor | Basement Waterproofing | Sump Pump Systems

During periods of heavy rainfall many homes in Chicago will experience a variety of seepage problems.  When water gets into a finished basement it can cause thousands of dollars of damage including ruined carpet, drywall rot and loss of personal property.  The resulting flood should be cleaned up as soon as possible and it's wise to be sure you have someone with high capacity dehumidifiers get all the moisture out of your basement promptly.  Once the short term problem of cleanup is taken care you may begin the search of finding a qualified professional Chicago area waterproofing company who can come in and access the situation in order to prevent this event from reoccurring.

Be sure to take the time to research the reputation of the waterproofing companies you have provide you consultation. Knowing how long they have been in business, their business practices and getting plenty of references from customers in your neighborhood who have had them perform work are the best ways to really feel secure knowing you can trust their opinion.  By having the names and contact information of customers that have worked with the contractor you can get a real first hand opinion of the quality of work, service after the sale and how well they backup any warranty.  Whether you live in Chicago proper, the north, south or western suburbs ask for references in your local area.

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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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Perma-Seal Overcomes Office Flood and Helps Homeowners

Perma-Seal Overcomes Office Flood and Helps Homeowners

Downers Grove, IL – On the morning of Thursday, April 18, 2013, thousands of Chicagoland homeowners awoke to flooded basements and streets. At Perma-Seal, what should have been an extremely busy day of answering phones and internet requests for estimates, instead was a day of trying to salvage equipment and setting up a temporary office to try to help those in need. When the Downers Grove office they’ve occupied for over 20 years was overcome with floodwaters from a nearby river, Perma-Seal lost their power, phones and many service vehicles. Yet, in spite of this major catastrophe, they rallied their troops and have been working tirelessly to respond to every inquiry as quickly as possible.

Roy Spencer, owner and president of Perma-Seal, has seen a lot of water damage in his 35 years in the business. Although he and his entire staff have always understood how disastrous water damage can be for homeowners, dealing with the flooding of his office has given him even more empathy for those who are underwater. The good news is that Perma-Seal is back up and running and ready to provide service to those in need. Mr. Spencer sincerely apologizes to anyone that was caused an inconvenience by their situation and appreciates the messages they’ve received from thankful customers whose homes stayed dry during the storm. While they don’t have the power to stop overflowing rivers from engulfing entire neighborhoods, Perma-Seal is determined to help homeowners who are repeatedly dealing with sewer backup due to overwhelmed city sewers. They also have simple solutions for anyone living with an inefficient sump pump or without a battery backup. There are ways to keep basements dry and healthy, and Perma-Seal is ready to help. For a free estimate or more information about Perma-Seal, call 800-421-SEAL or fill out the online form. And, if you are interested in working for a GREAT company, submit your resume in Microsoft Word Doc or Adobe PDF format to [email protected].

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Perma-Seal Receives Top Awards at International Convention

If the weathermen are right, it's going to be a wet week! Is your basement going to stay dry? Sounds like a great reason to call Perma-Seal TODAY and get your sump pump checked! //www.permaseal.net/contact-us.html

We are on a mission to get you to think about your sump pump. That's probably not something you think about every day, but we want to save you from a wet mess in your basement! And when you schedule your FREE estimate before April 30th, you will save 10% on all primary and backup pump systems, as well as ejector pumps.

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Dry, healthy basement adds useable space and value to your home.

//www.permaseal.net Roy Spencer, owner and president of Perma-Seal, talks about Perma-Seal products and how dry, healthy basements add useable space and value to your home. Perma-Seal is known best for basement waterproofing. That's because we've been working hard at it for over thirty-four years. We've installed more sump pumps than I can count! Did you know we're also structural foundation repair specialists? Or that we can seal your damp, musty crawl space? And don't forget basement plumbing! You can trust our licensed professionals to get the job done right. Call Perma-Seal today at 800-421-SEAL. Our team is ready to wow you with their expertise and dedication to superior customer service. Whether you're in need of a Crack Repair, a Battery Backup Pump, or your water heater needs replacing, we have an affordable solution for you. The fact is, Perma-Seal is the proven solution.

 

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Your Crawl Space Could be Affecting Your Family's Health

Crawl spaces are dirty damp and musty, often causing you & your family to breathe unhealthy air; call Perma-Seal and take advantage of our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. 1-630-207-1177

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13th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards invited Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal to be Keynote Speaker

13th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards invited Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal to be Keynote Speaker

Whether living in a bungalow in Lincoln Square or a split-level home in Des Plaines, many Chicago-area homeowners find that when the weather breaks, they begin to see past the dark, damp clutter of their unfinished basements to recognize the potential value of the extra space. They want to begin using that below-grade area confidently for storage, living and even entertainment purposes.
But they also know that finishing a basement is no small project.

The trick is to do a bit of prep work and avoid jumping right into the remodeling portion of the project. Here are five things you should consider doing before you finish your basement.

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Perma-Seal Teams Up with Schools Count Corp. to Help Chicago Students

Perma-Seal Teams Up with Schools Count Corp. to Help Chicago Students

For over 33 years, Perma-Seal has been focused on continual improvement and doing the right thing for our Clients, Tribe, Partners and Community. When we were contacted by Schools Count Corp. and heard about their mission to help Chicago schools and students in areas of poverty, we were happy to lend a hand.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Schools Count Corp. has been helping people in various parts of the country that have suffered through floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other similar events. Three years ago, they decided to make a “man-made” relief effort in the city of Chicago by delivering school supplies, winter coats, music instruments and even sporting equipment to schools in need.

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Perma-Seal Lends a Helping Hand to a Homeowner in Need

Perma-Seal Lends a Helping Hand to a Homeowner in Need

Perma-Seal was honored to assist with a recent home rehabilitation project run by Habitat For Humanity in Lansing, IL in order to provide a family in need with a decent, affordable home. Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs (HHCSS), in partnership with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, is taking part in a federal program to help alleviate the dilemma of foreclosed homes in the community. The program allows Habitat to purchase foreclosed properties and transform them into warm, safe, energy efficient homes. The homes can then be sold to qualified, low-income families who meet certain guidelines. Taking part in worthy projects such as these is an ongoing part of fulfilling Perma-Seal’s mission to help make the world a better place and to help homeowners improve the quality of their homes.

This particular project was very unique as the home was nearing foreclosure and was in need of repairs. A wet basement was among the multitude of repairs needed to improve the living conditions of the home. The homeowner had previously experienced seepage and flooding, and did not have a sump pump to help control the water around the house. This was going to be quite a task to repair, so Habitat For Humanity turned to the experts at Perma-Seal for help.

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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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Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

Perma-Seal Wins Awards for Billboards

Martini Billboard

Last month, Perma-Seal and our advertising agency, the FORT Group, were invited to attend the 2012 Ad Club Awards Ceremony in New Jersey after being nominated for our recent outdoor billboard campaign. Throughout the evening, a select group of agencies

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A "Perma-Sealed" Basement Adds Value To Your Home

A "Perma-Sealed" Basement Adds Value To Your Home - Reliable Sump Pumps, Crawl Space Solutions, Foundation Crack Repair, New Basement Windows, and Eliminate Sewer Back Up. Call Now - 800-421-SEAL!

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Perma-Seal takes part in a Home Makeover!

Perma-Seal takes part in a Home Makeover!

This past Saturday, May 19, the Perma-Seal Tribe teamed up with a local organization, Global Hope, and helped out at a community service project at the Downers Grove Ray Graham House. We met up for carpentry repair work, yard clean up, added a fresh coat of paint to the living quarters or anything else we could lend a helping hand with.

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Perma-Seal Preventive Maintenance Service | May Promotion

Perma-Seal Preventive Maintenance Service | May Promotion
Smiles went all around at the BBB’s Annual Golf Outing. From left: Paul Spinella, Director of Sales, Matt Kmoch, Sales Manager, Steve Bernas, BBB President, Jim Montalbano, Sales Manager, and Dave Maas, Marketing Creative Coordinator.

Perma-Seal Basement Systems’ Sales and Marketing Tribal Members joined the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois for their yearly golf outing on Thursday, August 11th. The 22nd Annual Integrity Golf Classic, presented by the BBB, was held at the Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois. Perma-Seal’s foursome team was nearly awarded Longest Putt of the Day, but was defeated by mere inches.

Perma-Seal has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has been awarded their coveted 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. For more information about the BBB, visit www.bbb.org/chicago/.

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Featured Product: Primary & Backup Sump Pumps

Do what tens of thousands of other smart homeowners have done and get a backup system for your sump pump. You can't control the weather, prevent a power outage, or predict when a mechanical failure will happen, but a Battery Backup Pump System can get you prepared for all three.

Don't be a victim, take control now. For over 30 years, Perma-Seal has helped thousands of homeowners protect their homes by keeping their basements dry. Our evaluation is free but your peace of mind is priceless. Want some more good news? Call by April 30th, 2012 and you'll receive 10 percent off all primary and backup sump pump systems*.

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Protect Your Family’s Health with a Properly Lined Crawl Space

Protect Your Family’s Health with a Properly Lined Crawl Space

You may not want to think about it, but the odors and gases (and all the critters) in your crawl space have a free pass into your home—particularly in the winter months when houses are sealed tight. During heating season, the natural airflow of a home draws crawl space air directly into your upstairs living space (what’s known as the “stack” effect). In fact, about 50 percent of the air you breathe in your home is said to originate from the basement or crawl space. A properly cared-for crawl space can help maintain your home's structure.

What lies beneath

So, what are the issues you need to ferret out? Moisture, for one. It’s a major contributor to mildew, fungi, and mold, which has been blamed for everything from rashes and runny noses to severe asthma and liver problems. Moisture is also a magnet for spiders, snakes, termites and other nasty pests. Radon is another problem that can originate in dirt or gravel crawl spaces. You can’t see or smell radon—it’s an odorless, colorless gas—but it has major health implications: it’s said to be the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the EPA.

Simple solutions

Fortunately, there are relatively simple ways to identify and mitigate these serious health risks. Moisture and mold are commonly spotted with a quick visual inspection or through a “sniff” test: a damp, musty smell is a good sign that there’s excess moisture lurking about. And while radon itself is invisible, radon test kits can uncover the problem. They are widely available, and easy to use. Once you’ve pinpointed the problems, the best first step is to encapsulate your crawl space with a durable, puncture-resistant wall liner that will act as a barrier to insects, gases and odors. You can also help the problem by including a drainage system (a sump pump and a drain tile system) that will redirect any water or moisture that does make its way in. A good last step is spray foam, which minimizes moisture and acts as a nice energy-saver. These are projects an avid DIYer can take on. But, if the idea overwhelms you, there are many professional companiesthat can provide you with a permanent solution—particularly if your problem is radon ... that’s something best left to the experts.

What not to do

Regardless of who does the work, there are a couple of things you’ll want to make sure NOT to do. Pumping in concrete, for instance, is an all-around bad idea. That’s because the process introduces hundreds of gallons of water that will ultimately soak into your floor joists and add to the already high humidity levels in your crawl space. Also, pumped concrete floors are different than basement floors; they are chalky and dusty and can introduce more chemicals into the air. Another no-no: spraying closed-cell foam in the crawl space. Spray foam is commonly sprayed at the point where the foundation meets the floor joists. Sealing this joint with a closed-cell material will cause wood rot and severe damage to your home’s structure. Be sure that you use an “open-cell” or “open-weave” type of insulation. No one really wants to think about what lurks in the underworld of a house. But taking a few simple steps to identify and mitigate the problems can protect your family and transform your crawl space into a safe, dry and critter-free area of your home.
Content and images courtesy of guest blogger Perma-Seal.
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Basement Waterproofing Solutions Chicago

Wet basements and water seepage, foundation settlement issues or damp and moldy crawl spaces, Perma-Seal has the solution. We are Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's trusted basement waterproofing contractor and foundation repair specialist.

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Perma-seal Teams up with Bernie’s Book Bank to Collect Children’s Books in March

Perma-seal Teams up with Bernie’s Book Bank to Collect Children’s Books in March

DOWNERS GROVE, IL: March 7, 2012 – Perma-Seal is sponsoring a children’s book collection to support local non-profit Bernie’s Book Bank throughout the month of March. The goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books!

Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to at-risk children all over Chicago and its suburbs with the intention of creating book owners and readers for a lifetime. Founded in December 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 600,000 books to Chicago-area children through schools and other organizations that serve large populations of at-risk children.

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Perma-Seal Selected as a 2011 Top Workplace

Perma-Seal Selected as a 2011 Top Workplace

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is delighted to announce that it has been named a 2011 Chicago Tribune Top Workplace in Illinois by its very own team members.

Local companies in Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces were selected from employee surveys measuring qualities including company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits.

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“Perma-Sealed” Basements Say THANK YOU!

For the past 32 years Perma-Seal has created happy, healthy basements all over the Chicagoland area. Those basements (and their valuable contents) are very thankful!

Over 250,000 families have trusted Perma-Seal to protect their treasured items, and so should you. Take advantage of our limited time offer. Take 10% off (up to $300) all services purchased by January 31,2012. Some exclusions apply. See your Perma-Seal consultant for complete details. May not be combined with any other offer, promotion or discount.

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Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand

Earlier in 2011, Perma-Seal and several other contractors and companies took part in a home adaptive renovation project in Oak Lawn, Illinois, (sponsored by Salute, Inc) to honor an injured Marine Yuriy and his wife Aimee.

Yuriy is a young Marine veteran who served two terms in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of many awards, combat action ribbons and medals. Upon returning home and making plans to be married, he had an appendix attack. He was sent to a military hospital for a routine appendectomy where complications during surgery led to him in a coma for two and a half months. He is now suffering with an Anoxic brain injury, which has left him unable to speak, visually impaired, unable to walk and has spasticity in both hands. As soon as Yuriy came out of the coma Aimee decided to marry him and care for him.

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Perma-Seal Receives Award for Community Contribution

Perma-Seal Receives Award for Community Contribution

On last Wednesday, Perma-Seal was honored to receive the Award for Community Contribution. At the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony on February 9th, Perma-Seal was recognized for their philanthropic involvement in the community.

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Perma-Seal Basement Waterproofing | Chicago's #1 Waterproofing Contractor

Heavy rainfall in Chicago means that Perma-Seal is flooded with phone calls. Many Chicago area homeowners are desperate to find a solution to their wet and leaky basement. If you need basement waterproofing work to be done Perma-Seal is Chicago's #1 basement waterproofer.

Many try to find a quick fix to the problem. But there is a great disparity in the quality of repair methods, warranties and pricing. Perma-Seal has worked very hard over the past 30 years to provide the best value. They have done the most permanent repairs and simple, transferable warranties at a fair price.

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Ugly Sump Pump Winner Announced

Ugly Sump Pump Winner Announced

A while back, we held an Ugly Sump Pump Contest. We announced our winner last week! Terry Bell from Ottawa, IL  is excited about his new sump pump. We will be scheduling an installation with him in the following weeks.

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Perma-Seal Products to be featured on the Today Show

Perma-Seal Products to be featured on the Today Show

Lots of things around your home require a back-up. For those with a basement, a sump pump is a must and a back-up for that unit is a necessity. Think about all you have down there and then about how most insurance companies either cap the amount they will cover or no longer offer flood insurance. The mistake that most people make is not matching up the backup pumps capacity to the main pump. If your primary pump moves 3,000 gallons of water and hour your backup unit needs to do the same. Another consideration is inspecting these systems on a yearly basis. Standard batteries need to be filled with water yearly, sealed batteries cost more but need no maintenance for 5 years. A good back-up system installed will cost around $2,500.00 but it is worth it. Call Perma-Seal at 800-421-7325 to schedule a FREE evaluation of your sump pump system.

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Perma-Seal Reaches for the Stars

Downers Grove, IL
September 19, 2008

You may not think about basement waterproofing until you need it. Thankfully the experts at Perma-Seal Basement Systems think about it everyday.

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Perma-Seal Becomes An Accredited Business

Hammond, IN
March 13, 2009

Perma-Seal Basement Systems has been accepted as a BBB Accredited Business by the BBB of Northern Indiana. If a business has been accredited by BBB, it means that the Better Business Bureau has determined that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.

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Christmas Donations 2008

Christmas Donations 2008

Downers Grove, IL
December 2008

During these tough economic times, it’s clear that the need for help in our community is greater than ever.

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Opens New Office In East Dundee, IL

Downer’s Grove, IL
February 2008

Perma-Seal Basement Systems is pleased to announce the opening of their newest office in East Dundee, Illinois, in an effort to provide better service to the Northern Suburbs and Chicagoland area. Between 2006 and 2007, an increase of over 35% in service needs was experienced in this area. Therefore, in an effort to reduce commute times and provide more scheduling flexibility, Perma-Seal opened its newest location at 1090 Rock Road in East Dundee, IL. This service facility will immediately house a staff of 12 employees and 4 trucks, with the potential for growth as the customer base continues to expand.

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Perma-Seal Basement Systems Assisting Residents

Downers Grove, IL
February 4, 2008

What happens when you send a talented group of volunteers from Perma-Seal to make a difference? More than you could ever imagine! Perma-Seal Basement Systems joined forces with Global Hope, Inc. in their efforts to make a difference in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Back in April of 2007, several Global Hope board members visited New Orleans for Jazz Fest. While they were there, the seized the opportunity to volunteer with Common Ground Relief and quickly realized the ongoing need for help in the area. Upon their return, they immediately began planning a pilot service trip and sought business involvement.

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