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.

Preventing a Wet Basement in both Chicago, IL and Northwest Indiana

Perma-Seal will be glad to help you with preventing a wet basement. Even if you aren’t the handiest homeowner in the world, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help to protect the basement of your home from dangerous leaks. In fact, there are many things that you can easily do on your own to help minimize the chance of coming home or waking up to a flooded basement. Please take a look at the list below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

1. Maintain your window wells – A lot of homeowners might not give much thought to the window wells around their basement. However, if they’re leaking, it’s only a matter of time before this moisture gets inside of your home and causes problems. Make sure that your basement windows have a tight seal against the foundation of your home. If you notice any gaps, you can fill them with a waterproof caulking material. Also, make sure that you have a cover over your window well to prevent unwanted debris or small animals from getting inside and clogging the interior drain.

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Why Should You Repair Your Leaky Basement in Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana?

Why Should You Repair Your Leaky Basement in Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana?

A lot of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana homeowners may not understand why they should have their leaky basement repaired. They may not have a finished basement, and for this reason, they think they can overlook what goes on in this area of their home. The fact is, regardless of how much time you spend in your basement, if it leaks, you need to have the problem taken care of immediately – before it gets worse – and it’s going to get much worse!

We know a lot of homeowners might worry that a wet basement could potentially cost them thousands of dollars to repair. As with most home repairs, the sooner the problem is addressed, the higher the likelihood of being able to utilize the most cost effective solution. In every home and in every situation, Perma-Seal certified consultants and trained technicians will do everything we can to make the entire basement repair and waterproofing process as fast and affordable as possible. We realize that there are other things you’d rather spend your money on, however, protecting the health of your home is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.

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Being Prepared: Flood Awareness Week

Being Prepared: Flood Awareness Week

Floods are one of the most powerful, deadly, and destructive natural disasters.

Like Perma-Seal, the focus of the flood safety awareness message is to educate homeowners and encourage them to be proactive, and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property from water damage.

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Pain in the Drain: Holidays Can Be Rough on Your Plumbing

Pain in the Drain: Holidays Can Be Rough on Your Plumbing

This time of year can certainly be a festive time for many homeowners, but they can also be a tough time for your sewer lines. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and added disposal of paper waste from guests are frequent culprits of pipe-clogging sewer problems. If you don’t catch a blockage in time, your household plumbing items will become inoperable and, even worse, raw sewage can back up through toilets, tubs and sinks into your home. Here are three tip to help avoid trouble in your home this holiday season:

1. Do not pour oil down a drain. Baking, frying and roasting can result in beautiful holiday dinners, but also leaves behind lots of excess cooking oils, grease and fats. Instead of pouring them down a drain, put them into a garbage bag or into a sealed container before disposing in the trash. Be careful, even small amounts of grease in a drain can cause a problem. You could also ask your municipalities if they have any collection services for large amounts of used cooking oils.

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Tips for Your Home this Fall

Tips for Your Home this Fall

The temperatures in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana have been dropping every week, and that can only mean one thing… winter is right around the corner! While no one wants to think about sub-zero readings or snowstorms just yet, it is a good time to think about getting your home ready for the winter. In fact, autumn is the perfect time to prepare your home for cold weather!

There are several steps you can take to keep your house warmer and healthier. First, make sure your furnace or heating system is cleaned and serviced, as that’s something you really can’t afford to be without. Next, check your attic. Adding insulation to your attic could be the most cost-efficient way to cut home heating costs. Any ducts, wires or pipes that penetrate the wall, ceiling or floor also have the potential to let the cold in. And don’t forget to check around your doors and windows for leaks or drafts. 

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