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.

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. 

Continue reading
  1892 Hits
1892 Hits

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.  

Continue reading
  1286 Hits
1286 Hits

Oak Lawn Crawl Space Encapsulation

A suburb of Chicago, Oak Lawn is a village that prides itself with its 'home town' atmosphere. Home to such notable people as NBA star Dwyane Wade and rapper Kanye West, Oak Lawn has its own contributions to the Hollywood culture. However, with all the home town feel Oak Lawn possesses, come the same home town problems everyone else has to deal with, and that's moisture or flooding in their home's crawl space.

Crawl space moisture can cause many issues. From musty smells to mold and mildew growth, rotting wooden posts to cracking concrete foundations, the issues can range from the irritating to the very serious.

Continue reading
  3479 Hits
3479 Hits

Crawl Spaces in Elk Grove Village, IL - Repair, Waterproofing, and Encapsulation

Named for the elk living in the area, Elk Grove Village is a municipality of Illinois located in Cook County and DuPage County. Home to the largest industrial park in the U.S., with over 3,600 businesses, residents have a lot on their minds that sometimes leave the lowest parts of their homes unmanaged.  

Crawl spaces are one of those things in our homes that we tend to forget since we don't see it much. But if left unattended, it can get flooded and get into a serious state of disrepair.   A damaged crawl space can cause many issues, from rotting wood posts, growth of mold and mildew, it can emanate a musty smell, and it could even ruin your foundation.  

Continue reading
  7823 Hits
7823 Hits

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? 

Continue reading
  3929 Hits
3929 Hits

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.
  2701 Hits
2701 Hits

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.
 
 
 

 

 

Continue reading
  2578 Hits
2578 Hits

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?

Continue reading
  7433 Hits
7433 Hits

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

  4842 Hits
4842 Hits

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.
  5432 Hits
5432 Hits

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.

  4904 Hits
4904 Hits

Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

Do you know what’s going on in your crawl space? Not sure you want to know?

While you may not want to think about it, you should be aware that what happens in your crawl space directly affects your family’s health and the value of your home.

The natural airflow of your house draws moisture, gasses and odors from the earth into your upstairs living environment. When it’s cold outside and your house is closed up, the odds are you’re breathing very unhealthy air. Did you know, studies have shown an open, untreated crawl space can also rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase energy costs? You can transform your dirt or gravel crawl space into a healthy, useable, dry area of your home with our Crawl Space Encapsulation System. We can also add insulation…to help you save on those monthly energy bills.

Continue reading
  2269 Hits
2269 Hits

Featured Product: Crawl Space Encapsulation

Visit: //www.permaseal.net/

Studies have shown that an open, untreated crawl space can rot your floor joists, breed mold and increase your energy costs.

Continue reading
  2099 Hits
2099 Hits

Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

Fact: Most crawl spaces are damp and musty.

But yours doesn’t have to be.

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you’ll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off Crawl Space Encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit www.permaseal.net.

Continue reading
  2894 Hits
2894 Hits

Crawl Space Repair Chicago

When you encapsulate your dirt crawl space with the exclusive Perma-Seal system, you'll not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also keep out odors, gasses and little critters too. Perma-Seal is offering 10% off crawl space encapsulation during the month of July. Offer Expires July 31, 2011, some restrictions apply. Contact us today at 800-421-SEAL or visit //www.permaseal.net.
Crawl Space Encapsulation

Continue reading
  2306 Hits
2306 Hits

3 Reasons To Have a Battery Backup Sump Pump

3 Reasons To Have a Battery Backup Sump Pump

You’ve heard that the sump pump is the heart of your basement waterproofing system, and it’s true—without the sump pump, you would have no way to get rid of the water that gathers around the foundation of your home. The sump pump is your ultimate protection against basement water seepage and flooding, and the key to keeping your basement dry. Since so much relies on the sump pump, shouldn’t you be protected if something happens to it?

Continue reading
  2012 Hits
2012 Hits

10% Anniversary Sale Ends on Monday

10% Anniversary Sale Ends on Monday

The last three days of Perma-Seal’s 10% off sale are here, and we expect hundreds of calls over the weekend. Chicago area homeowners want to take advantage of this opportunity to repair their basements, foundations and crawl spaces before the spring thaw, they’ll save 10% when they hire Perma-Seal.

Continue reading
  2593 Hits
2593 Hits

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.

Continue reading
  2302 Hits
2302 Hits
Perma-Seal Logo