The Toxicity of Groundwater

Help! My Pet/Cat or Dog is drinking the groundwater out of my Sump Pit. - The Toxicity of Groundwater  It's always a good idea to keep your sump pit empty and keep it covered. Pets should not be allowed to drink sump pit water as all kinds of bacteria and chemicals can leach into the groundwater, it might look clean, but it could contain heavy...
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Snakes in your Basement, Crawl Space or Sump Pit

Remember that as repulsive as snakes & spiders are, they control the pests you do not want in your home like rats, mice, ants and other vermin. Most people would like to keep them outside. Basements are one of the most common problem areas for snake infestations. When the ground shifts from frequent thawing and freezing, foundations on builds w...
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Mold Testing in Your Home and the Health Risks

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. Other recent...
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The Basement Defender is Now Available at Abt

The Basement Defender, Alerting Homeowners to Sump Pump Issues BEFORE They Happen!   The Basement Defender™, the only system that tests sump pumps every morning and alerts homeowners of problems before an emergency arises, is now available for purchase at Abt, the largest independently-owned, single-location retailer of electronics, appli...
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SMART CRAWL SPACE DEBATE: Which is better?

Many people don't have basements but have crawl spaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is among the top five health risks for individuals breathing the air that permeates from the crawl space into their living area. Knowing that up to 50% of the air in your home can come from below grade, it is important to e...
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Snow Melt - Spring Thaw

 Most people don't realize the relationship with snow and groundwater. Spring is a time when heavy snow dissipates and leaves large amounts of snowmelt water. Rapid snowmelt can create a dangerous risk for flooded basements. You can also experience thaws during the winter months as well. You are usually not aware of the water that builds up fr...
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The importance of daily testing your sump pump.

 Do you know if your sump pump is working? Better yet, do you know if it's not working? Why should you test your sump pumps daily. Sump pumps are a mechanical device that can fail at any time. You want to know when they fail before a storm hits or the ice melts. Homeowners usually say two things when I ask them the questions above. My pump nev...
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Welcome Abt Electronics

We made a giant step forward by joining forces with Abt Electronics right here in Glenview, Il. Founded in 1983 Abt Electronics is a privately held Chicagoland Icon high end retailer. Abt has since grown to become one of the largest independent single-store appliance and electronics retailers in the country, situated on 68 acres in Glenview, IL, an...
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You Can’t Trust Atoms - Because They Make Up Everything!

You may not be able to trust atoms, but you can trust Basement Defender. Basement Defender is the same as a CPU in your car, or like your water meter- it just reads data, and when it hits set parameters, it will send you an alert. Don't kill the messenger!We get customers who are frustrated that they are getting all these alerts, even though their ...
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Battery Backups, Generators, and Smart Devices - Oh My!

 What's right for my home? Generators: Natural gas self-testing generators are becoming more common these days. They are pricey including installation, but they can be a lifesaver if your home consistently loses power for long periods of time, or you live on a high water table with a basement prone to flooding. However, if a pump dies, a gener...
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Managing Groundwater

 Managing water on your property can be a multi headed monster, water coming from all kinds of issues. Another irritating fact that makes this battle so hard, is you fix one issue, then another pops up, because water will always find a path of least resistance. Most waterproofers will recommend a complete solution, and yes it can be very expen...
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The importance of your Basement Defender being paired to WiFi

3 good reasons that your Basement Defender should be paired to WiFi. Protects your biggest Investment, your home. It stores Important information. Being paired to WiFi is Free. It Protects You - it's important to know what's going on with your system so you can get it fixed quickly to protect your biggest investment, your home. It stores important ...
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Builder Supply Outlet Landmark Basement Defender Display!

In The News Be sure to check out the Basement DefenderTM display at Builder Supply Outlet. Builder Supply Outlet is a family owned business with two generations in the company. For the past decade, the Jahnke's have dedicated themselves to finding the best materials for home improvement projects and renovations. Their goal, when starting the compan...
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Healthy Spaces of Evansville, Indiana

We would like to welcome our new dealer, Healthy Spaces of Evansville, Indiana to the growing Basement DefenderTM network. I recently spoke with the owner of Healthy Spaces Tim Runyon about Basement DefenderTM. https://www.healthyspacessystems.com/ Basement Defender:How did you hear about Basement DefenderTM? Tim"I saw Roy Spencer present Basement ...
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Why Do I Need a Sewage Ejector Pump?

https://www.ny-engineers.com/blog/installing-a-sewage-ejector-pump-all-you-need-to-know One of my neighbors recently had their house flood from sewer backup. When you have city sewer backup, all the waste water from your neighbor's homes backs up into your home. It's a horrifying experience. You have to hire cleanup crews in hazmat suits, dumpsters...
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Electricity!

Why do you need your sump pump on a separate circuit? An AC pump draws a lot of current and amperage when running. You want to be sure that that is the only thing on the circuit because it could trip and you might never know it then get flooded. You don't want to trip a circuit by turning a vacuum on, that trips the circuit breaker. The basement De...
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Basement Defender Dealer Sales Milestone - 3000+ Units!

Mr & Mrs Stone Dig the Presentation of Basement Defender.
Perma-Seal Basement Systems of Chicago has sold over 3000 Basement Defenders to date (since June of 2019). They are selling on average about 200 Basement DefenderTM systems a month this year. A record year in uncertain times, a year unlike anything before! What did it take to do this? Perma-Seal made a commitment to make the Basement DefenderTM int...
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Iron Ochre in My Sump Pit?

Iron Ochre Sump Pit - What Can Be Done?
What is Iron Ochre and can I get rid of it? From the Minnesota Dept of health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/wells/waterquality/ironbacteria.html Iron bacteria are small living organisms that naturally occur in soil, shallow groundwater, and surface waters. These bacteria combine iron (or manganese) and oxygen to form...
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New Technical Support Knowledge Database!

We are constantly working to improve Basement DefenderTM and customer service is our number one priority. To better serve our customers we built a knowledge ticket system database to help customers quickly get the answers they asked. As more questions are answered, the greater the knowledge database grows. It documents issues, dates, unit versions,...
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WiFi Paswordz and Typoglycemia

 Typoglycemia (a portmanteau of "typo" and "hypoglycemia") is a neologism for a purported recent discovery about the cognitive processes involved in reading text. The principle is that readers can comprehend text despite spelling errors and misplaced letters in the words (Wiki) 90% of WiFi Pairing issues are due to typo mistakes that your brai...
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WiFi vs Bluetooth vs Cellular- Why we chose WiFi

People ask us from time to time, why we went with WiFi? It was really a process of what we felt was the most reliable. Bluetooth- has a limited range and often loses connection. Cellular - you can lose a signal in thunderstorms which often cause interference or dropped service. There are a lot of carriers, some have better coverage and reliabi...
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The Basement Defender App: What You Need to Know

It surprises me how many Basement Defender customers do not have the free Basement Defender app. What most people don't realize is to get the most from your Basement Defender you should download the free Basement Defender app from the Google Play & Apple App store. You can download it to your phone or other smart device. Without the app you can...
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Basement Defender and ROI of Waterproofing Your Basement

 What is the return on investment (ROI) of waterproofing your basement ? You can expect a 30% return on investment from waterproofing your basement, which is considered a good return on investment for your home. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/whats-return-investment-basement-waterproofing.htm Selling your home without acknowledging a wate...
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Basement Defender A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau

Basement Defender™ is now an accredited A+ rated business by the Better Business Bureau®. Better Business Bureau accreditation is the "sign of a better business,"an accolade that is not accorded to many that apply. Basement Defender has met all Better Business Bureau standards and is now an Accredited Business. "The Better Business Bureau is the le...
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The Smart Home and What You Really Need: Do You Really Need a Smart Sump Pump System?

Do we really need a smart refrigerator to tell you how many eggs you have left? It's pretty impressive to your show friends. According to recent studies 90% of homes have some form of IoT technology https://iottechnews.com/news/2018/may/15/research-us-consumers-smart-home-device/ This shows the IoT is well-and-truly reached mass adoption in the con...
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How The Basement Defender Was Created

The story of how Basement DefenderTM smart sump pump system came to life- Roy Spencer, owner and founder of Perma-Seal Basement Systems had a problem. For over 35 years Roy and his company have helped keep their clients' basements and crawl spaces dry no matter what the weather. Recognizing that pump equipment failure was easily the most frequent c...
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Why Do You Need a Smart Sump Pump System?

 Much like the computer in your car, the Basement DefenderTM monitors your sump pump system. Your car will alert you if you need an oil change, your tire pressure is low, or check engine light, which means you need to get to the dealer ASAP. You can choose to ignore the warnings, call for emergency service, or you can set a service appointment...
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Really, Really Smart Sump Pump Testing!

Do you believe in destiny? Do you believe in testing your sump pump every day? This is my story, how I ended up here typing my truth, my love of dogs, and how to test your sump pump every day via dog or WiFi! 20+ years ago we bought a house on the bottom of a hill. When we looked at the house the realtor showed us how to check the sump pump. He gra...
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Game Changer

We had the heaviest rainfall EVER in Chicago precipitation to 8.3 inches according to the National Weather Service. That passes the previous May rainfall record of 8.25 inches, set in 2019, the weather service said. The month is not over with more rainfall expected! Once again Basement DefenderTM is proving to be a valuable asset for both the homeo...
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