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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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Sewer Backup Prevention Chicago

Maybe you've had a serious problem with water coming into your basement or flooding due to storms, let Perma-Seal help you with Sewer Backup Prevention. We are professionals at Sump Pump installation. Don't get drenched! Also, Perma-Seal does Basement WINDOWS too!

 

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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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