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City claims outside vendor contacted residents in sewer inspection area

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 4:22 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – The City has received reports that an outside vendor has been canvassing the same neighborhood and outlaying area where RJN will be conducting residential building sewer inspections.

Ever Dry Waterproofing is reportedly telling residents that they need to schedule inspections to have their basements checked, according to a City of Elmhurst news release. Ever Dry is not working with the city. It is a for-profit business, soliciting its weather proofing system to homeowners without proper authorization and licensing from the City, the release said.

"In terms of trying to piggy back of off some other program, we wouldn't do anything like that," said Paul Riddle, owner of Ever Dry Waterproofing.

He also said he wasn't sure that Ever Dry had been in the Elmhurst area within the last two weeks. He did say that his Downers Grove-based company always offers free waterproofing inspections, but they do not solicit business.

Residents, including city staff members, reported people claiming to be Ever Dry employees knocked on their doors, said Deputy City Clerk Erin Van De Walle.

RJN Group will be conducting the residential building sewer inspections for the City. Residents whose homes are in the inspection area received a notice by mail from the City with directions on how to schedule an appointment with RJN.

RJN engineers will be knocking on limited doors in the affected area. Should RJN need to make an appointment at the door, engineers will clearly identify themselves as working with the City on this project.

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