Basement flooding almost always comes as a surprise. Even if a homeowner knows their basement is at risk for water, there’s no telling when the cracks and gaps letting in the occasional trickle will give way to a huge flood. And basement flooding is not something you want to deal with. Floods cause mold and property damage and can weaken your home’s structural integrity.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
If you’re anything like us, you know someone who is too stubborn to ask for help when they need it. Or maybe you’re that person yourself. At Innovative Basement Systems, we understand wanting to be self-sufficient, but we’ve also seen a lot of DIY basement projects gone wrong. Trying to deal with a wet basement is a little different from being determined to carry in all the groceries yourself or pry off a sticky lid with no help.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Many basement problems are obvious right away. After all, it’s hard to overlook a rushing flood or a foundation wall caving in on itself. But what about the smaller -- but still serious -- issues that these more noticeable problems cause? More often than not, they’re overlooked by homeowners so overwhelmed by the bigger picture problem that they miss the details. Here are the three most commonly overlooked basement problems -- and our solutions for them.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
At Innovative Basement Systems, we know how stressful it can be to deal with a problem basement. But that stress and worry over what’s wrong with your home? More often than not it leads to saying and doing things you might regret. Why deal with a tense atmosphere in the home as you waste time and money trying to find the best fix? More often than not, the “best fix” ends up being a slapped together do-it-yourself solution that can’t stand in to the long haul.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Have you ever looked at your basement and felt that something was off? A new crack forming on the wall, the faint trickle of water coming from somewhere in the corner. These issues are all-too-common, but many homeowners don’t see them as a big problem. But they are - or they will be.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
January is designated as Radon Action month by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is a time dedicated to increasing efforts in educating homeowners across the country about the effects of radon and how they can protect themselves from them.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Have you ever heard the expression that most of your body’s heat escapes through the head and the feet? A house works in the same way! More often than not, heat from the home escapes most easily from the uppermost and lowermost parts of your home: the attic and the basement. And with the temperatures across Minnesota and North Dakota plummeting lately, letting heat escape your home is not something you want to do. It costs you more money on home energy bills and it makes your home much less comfortable than it could be.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Every year, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make is to spend more time with their family. And after a festive, family-filled holiday season, it’s easy to believe you can spend more of the next year doing the same. Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being abandoned. Something always seems to get in the way: a busy week at work causes you to postpone that weekend at the cabin, fixing a leaky faucet mean missing an afternoon out back with the kids.
Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Merry Christmas from all of us at Innovative! If you’re anything like us, there’s nothing you like more than a cozy night at home with the people you love. You probably spend more time at home than anywhere else year-round, but there’s something about this time of year that makes time at home even more enjoyable. Maybe it’s the frigid temperatures outside, or maybe it’s the lights and the tree and all the other decorations you’ve put up, but come December there’s no denying how great it feels to spend the day at home, wrapped in a soft blanket with a warm drink in your hand.
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Most of us spend a majority of our time indoors and this is especially true during colder months. With winter comes an increased risk of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. When a home is sealed up for the winter, elevated radon levels can also become a major problem. Along with inspecting our heating system and installing a CO detector, winter is an ideal time to test for radon. During National Radon Action Month in January, Innovative Basement Systems is encouraging North Dakota and Minnesota residents to take action to protect their homes and families.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
What makes a home? Some of us might say it’s four walls and a roof with some windows and doors. Others might add that it’s also rooms - kitchen, living room, bedrooms - and the stuff inside them. Still more people will insist that it’s what happens in the house that makes it a home, like memories that you share with friends and family. At Innovative Basement Systems, we think a home is all of these things - and more.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
If you’re a homeowner, you know that taking care of a home is a complicated task. Beyond everyday chores like yardwork and paying the bills, you also have to keep an eye out for signs of trouble throughout the house. Bad plumbing, poor electrical work, or a leaky roof can all add up to an expensive headache, but there’s one part of your home that may be more costly to fix than most: your foundation.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Most people throughout Minnesota and North Dakota know us as basement waterproofers. We come in, dry out basements, and install drainage systems to collect and drain any water that may enter in the future. Innovative Basement Systems does do those things -- our WaterGuard perimeter drainage system and TripleSafe sump pumps come second to none -- but did you know about our line of basement dehumidifiers?
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
With Thanksgiving tomorrow and December just around the corner, now is the time of year that most of us use to reflect on the good things we have in our lives. Whether your tradition is to have everyone say what they’re most thankful for at the dinner table or to quietly think about the good things in your life on your own, it’s hard not to participate during the time of year that is so much about being thankful.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
A lot of times, when homeowners are looking for a solution to their basement water problem, they’ll feel overwhelmed by the amount of information presented to them by various contractors. They’ll begin asking themselves questions that they don’t know the answer to. Which method is most effective? Which materials are better at preventing water? What about removing water? How much water can this sump pump pump out in an hour? What about that one?
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
One thing we try to do at Innovative Basement Systems is set fears to rest when it comes to confronting major problems in the home. We’ve found that some of the most worrying problems have to do with the foundation, so we thought we’d share exactly what you’ll be dealing with when you call us for foundation repair. Here’s exactly what will happen when you pick up the phone:
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
The big news out of Minot, ND lately is that the heavy floods of the past several years have caught a lot of homeowners unaware. Flood damaged homes are significantly reduced in value, meaning homeowners face huge losses. In fact, many homeowners along the Souris River, unable to recover their homes from extensive flood damage, face foreclosure. According to the Minot Daily News, foreclosures have been on the rise since the flood in 2011, and they only continue to grow.
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Innovative Basement Systems has recently been recognized with the Star Team Award by the Pine City, MN Chamber of Commerce. To win the Star Team Award, nominees needed to prove that their teams were strong in categories like customer service, product knowledge, initiative, team playing, and community service. Given the effort our team puts in on the job and around the community, we’re proud to be recognized by the Chamber in such a way.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Winter is coming quickly to Minnesota and North Dakota, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about next spring. Crawl spaces - especially the vented, dirt floor crawl spaces so common across the two states - can pose significant problems for your home. And those problems only get worse after the winter ends.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
October 16-22 is this year’s Radon Awareness Week - and, as radon mitigation experts with experience across Minnesota and North Dakota, we want to use this time to remind you of everything you need to know about radon to keep your family, yourself, and your home safe. Here’s the who, what, where, when, and why of radon in your home:
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013