Basement waterproofing and crawl space repair in ND Basement waterproofing and crawl space repair in ND http://www.www.innovativebasementsystems.com The 5 Best Things About CleanSpace Vapor Barrier <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">In the spring, many homeowners dealing with basement flooding caused by melting snow set their sights on the basement floor, where the flood waters begin to rise. But often the basement walls are a big part of the problem as well. With water pouring in through the cracks and gaps in the foundation, it&rsquo;s important to make sure your entire basement - not just the floor - is protected.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">That&rsquo;s where CleanSpace comes in. CleanSpace is a basement and <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/crawl-space-repair/vapor-barrier.html">crawl space vapor barrier</a> specifically designed to keep your basement walls - and your entire home - moisture and mold free, even if you live somewhere known for yearly spring flooding. Here are the 5 things you need to know about CleanSpace:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><img style="width: 347px; height: 195px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/crawlspace-encapsulation_1371676162.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="149" /></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><strong>1.&nbsp; CleanSpace is 100% waterproof.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">It wouldn&rsquo;t make sense to install a material in your basement unless it was made for spaces that may have moisture issues. Even if you&rsquo;ve never experienced a flood, basements are always going to be vulnerable to moisture. Foundations age, cracks form, and water finds its way in. Unfortunately, it&rsquo;s all-too-common for homeowners to leave their basement unprotected against moisture, leading to major problems with mold down the line. But when you install CleanSpace, you won&rsquo;t have to worry again!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>2. CleanSpace prevents mold.<br /> </strong>Not only does the CleanSpace vapor barrier system prevent moisture and humidity from entering your basement, it also prevents the spread of mold. The waterproof materials is coated in UltraFresh, an anti-microbial protection that will protect your home from mold. Mold damages your home&rsquo;s structural integrity, causes expensive property damage, and makes your air less safe to breathe. Why <em>not</em> protect your basement using CleanSpace?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>3. CleanSpace stays in place.<br /> </strong>We&rsquo;ve seen all kinds of answers to basement moisture problems, but CleanSpace vapor barrier is the only true solution. Unlike paint, drywall, paneling, or any other basement wall system you can think of, CleanSpace will stay in place over the long haul. It won&rsquo;t chip, flake, or rot away and leave you vulnerable from the dangers of basement moisture. Instead, it will totally cover your wall - even if it&rsquo;s uneven - and direct moisture to your basement&rsquo;s drainage system.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>4. CleanSpace is easily installed.<br /> </strong>Those other basement wall systems we mentioned before - paint and sealants, drywall, and paneling - take far longer than CleanSpace to install. Often, you&rsquo;ll end up spending hours or even days rolling on multiple coats or making precise cuts. But CleanSpace can be installed in a single day. Your install team will be in and out within hours, and your basement will be ready to stand up against moisture.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>5. CleanSpace comes with a 25-year warranty.<br /> </strong>CleanSpace is a durable and effective product. In fact, it&rsquo;s so durable and effective that we offer each homeowner who installs CleanSpace vapor barrier a 25-year warranty for their system!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Are you ready to learn more about CleanSpace vapor barrier? Call us! Innovative Basement Systems waterproofs basements and crawl spaces across Minnesota and North Dakota. If you&rsquo;re ready to finally take care of your wet basement once and for all, give us a call at [phone]&nbsp; to schedule a free estimate with a basement waterproofing expert.</span></p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/10274-the-5-best-things-about-cleanspace-vapor-barrier.html Fri, March 28 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/10274-the-5-best-things-about-cleanspace-vapor-barrier.html Flooded basement leads to black mold in Starbuck, MN <p>After many years of dealing with water coming into their basement this homeowner finally had enough.&nbsp; Besides the damage created to the once finished living area the homeowner stressed about the mold growing in their basement and how it was affecting their health.&nbsp; They wanted their living space back but realized that without addressing the water issue they would just be throwing money away.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1755-flooded-basement-leads-to-black-mold-in-starbuck-mn.html Wed, March 26 2014, 10:29:22 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1755-flooded-basement-leads-to-black-mold-in-starbuck-mn.html Looking For A Way to Protect Your Crawl Space From Water? Try SmartPipe <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/crawlspace4_1395246983.jpg" alt="" width="168" height="108" /> Basements aren&rsquo;t the only part of the home prone to flooding. Crawl spaces can also have moisture problems, which often lead to many of the same issues that basements experience. Problems such as mold, mites, and musty smells can make your crawl space a headache to deal with <em>and</em> make your home a lot less comfortable to live in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But for homeowners desperate to dry up their crawl space once and for all, there is a solution: SmartPipe. SmartPipe is the first drainage system made specifically for crawl spaces. Here is everything you need to know about SmartPipe drainage system:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SmartPipe Is Installed Quickly<br /> </strong>If you&rsquo;re a homeowners who has had a crawl space water problem for years, you may be expecting a solution that takes a long time to be installed and start working. SmartPipe isn&rsquo;t that solution. Usually, it only takes one day for SmartPipe to be installed, and once installed it will start ridding your crawl space of moisture immediately.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SmartPipe Is Effective<br /> </strong>At Innovative Basement Systems, we wouldn&rsquo;t use a product unless it did its job correctly. SmartPipe is installed along the perimeter of the space to collect water from the walls as well as from the soil, which it then directs to the pump. When you use SmartPipe along with our CleanSpace vapor barrier and sump pump, your crawl space will be equipped with a fool-proof system of eliminating water. Because your home will no longer be vulnerable to the mold, mites, and structural damage that come along with a water problem, you&rsquo;ll finally be able to cast your crawl space worries aside.<strong><br /> <br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>SmartPipe Is Clog-Resistant<br /> </strong>It&rsquo;s easy for systems that aren&rsquo;t created specifically for crawl spaces to clog. This is because dirt and other materials from the crawl space get into the drain and cause blockage, making any water back up into the crawl space. SmartPipe, on the other hand, includes special filters that make it impossible for anything but water to enter the pipe. The system was made specifically with crawl spaces in mind, so you&rsquo;re getting exactly what your crawl space needs to ensure that its water problem is taken care of.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong><br /> SmartPipe Is A Lasting Solution</strong></p> <p>Because SmartPipe was made specifically for crawl spaces, you can rest assured that when it is installed in your crawl space, it is a permanent solution. SmartPipe -- along with all of our crawl space products -- is made of durable inorganic materials that won&rsquo;t rot or wear away with time. It truly is the best solution for crawl spaces with water problems.</p> <p>Does your crawl space have issues with moisture or flooding? Innovative Basement Systems works on crawl spaces and basements across Minnesota and North Dakota, and we are confident that SmartPipe is just the thing you need. Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule a free estimate with one of our crawl space experts.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/9086-looking-for-a-way-to-protect-your-crawl-space-from-water-try-smartpipe.html Wed, March 19 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/9086-looking-for-a-way-to-protect-your-crawl-space-from-water-try-smartpipe.html Don’t Let These Be True For You: The 3 Most Common Reasons for Delays in Basement Waterproofing Projects <p>When you have a problem basement -- one that&rsquo;s damp or moldy or prone to flooding -- it&rsquo;s easy to take one look at it and get discouraged. This is especially true when the problem is particularly bad. But the thing is, even if it&rsquo;s already too late to catch the issue before it begins, it&rsquo;s never too late to finally get it under control.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Innovative Basement Systems, we&rsquo;ve noticed that most homeowners who put off dealing with their wet basement typically do so for one of three reasons. Here are the three most common reasons for delays in basement waterproofing projects:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. You&rsquo;re Feeling Overwhelmed</strong></p> <p>A lot of people become overwhelmed by their wet or flooded basement -- so overwhelmed that they find themselves unable to do anything about it. Unfortunately, this attitude is all too common for many homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota who live in areas prone to flooding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The thing is, getting started is the hardest part. Coming up with a plan that makes sense for your home and your budget takes time, but it&rsquo;s easier when you work with an experienced waterproofing contractor like Innovative Basement Systems. We can help you create a plan <em>and </em>move on to the next step: implementing the plan using materials that will stand up to water for years to come. All it takes is a phone call to stop the basement-related stress and continue enjoying your home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. You Don&rsquo;t Have Enough Knowledge</strong></p> <p>Maybe you think nothing can save your basement, or maybe you think you just can&rsquo;t afford to. Neither of these reasons is true, and they&rsquo;re evidence of a homeowner who doesn&rsquo;t have enough knowledge of basement waterproofing. But we don&rsquo;t blame you. A wet basement can be a complex problem that many homeowners haven&rsquo;t dealt with before. That&rsquo;s where we come in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The truth about basement waterproofing is that there are more long-lasting and effective waterproofing products put on the market all the time, and you probably <em>can</em> afford them. When you work with Innovative Basement Systems on waterproofing your basement, you get those products as well as a consultation by a basement waterproofing specialist with years of experience and training informing the free estimate and waterproofing plan that are offered to you. The only way to find out for sure? Call us!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. You Don&rsquo;t Think It&rsquo;s Worth It</strong></p> <p>Are you a homeowner who lives in an area that experiences flooding year after year? If you are, a basement waterproofing project may not seem worth the effort. You may be thinking that no matter what you do, sooner or later the water is going to rise too high for any system you install to be effective.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;But what if we told you that we have the answer? Innovative Basement Systems has products, such as our TripleSafe sump pumps, that quickly pump out water <em>and</em> have a back-up battery <em>and</em> will warn you if the water gets too high. Couple that with a perimeter drainage system -- not to mention our <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-waterproofing.html">other waterproofing products</a> -- and your basement will be covered.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/shot-crete-470_1355261406.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p>Can you relate to any of these reasons why people delay their basement waterproofing projects? Call us! At Innovative Basement Systems, we&rsquo;re confident that these attitudes are easy to overcome when you work with an experienced basement waterproofing contractor that truly cares about helping homeowners solve their basement problems. Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule a free estimate!</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8452-dont-let-these-be-true-for-you-the-3-most-common-reasons-for-delays-in-basement-waterproofing-projects.html Wed, March 12 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8452-dont-let-these-be-true-for-you-the-3-most-common-reasons-for-delays-in-basement-waterproofing-projects.html The 4 Best Things About WaterGuard Perimeter Drainage System <p>Basement flooding almost always comes as a surprise. Even if a homeowner knows their basement is at risk for water, there&rsquo;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&rsquo;s structural integrity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, there is help for homeowners with basements vulnerable to flooding. One of the best waterproofing products out there is WaterGuard, a perimeter drainage system designed to route any water that enters back out of the basement. Here are the 5 best things about WaterGuard perimeter drainage system:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. It doesn&rsquo;t take up space.</strong></p> <p>There are some waterproofing products out there that take up significantly more space than WaterGuard. As a perimeter drainage system, WaterGuard is installed below the basement floor. The only part of it you&rsquo;ll be able to see is the lip that sticks up less than an inch above the floor and runs along your basement wall. This lip collects any water that runs down the walls and directs it to the underlying tube, which leads to the sump pump. WaterGuard doesn&rsquo;t take any floor space, making it the perfect way to waterproof your basement while still keeping its storage function.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. It&rsquo;s easy to install.<br /> </strong>Because WaterGuard is installed under the floor along the perimeter of your basement, it is a simple solution to your water problem. Our crew will dig below the basement floor, lay the WaterGuard system, and recover the floor with concrete -- all within a short time frame to ensure that your basement is safe from water as soon as possible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. It&rsquo;s affordable.</strong></p> <p>As with all of the basement products we offer at Innovative, WaterGuard is a highly effective solution available at a great price. When you meet with your basement specialist, you&rsquo;ll receive a free estimate of all the costs involved with your project. Not only is WaterGuard affordable in and of itself, but it will also save you money over time. When you install a quality basement waterproofing system, you won&rsquo;t have to worry about basement floods -- or the costly repairs that come with them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. It will last.</strong></p> <p>WaterGuard, like all of our waterproofing products, is made of inorganic materials. It won&rsquo;t rot away, rust, or grow mold like some inferior waterproofing products. You&rsquo;ll never have to worry about the investment you made waterproofing your basement getting dumped down the drain after one too many floods. WaterGuard will protect your basement for years to come -- and comes with the warranty to prove it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you ready to <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-waterproofing.html">waterproof your basement</a> the right way? Innovative Basement Systems has been waterproofing basements throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for over a decade. We&rsquo;re a trusted name in the waterproofing business, and we&rsquo;re ready to help you get through this spring flood season with a dry basement. Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule a free estimate with a professional basement waterproofing specialist.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8415-the-4-best-things-about-waterguard-perimeter-drainage-system.html Wed, March 5 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8415-the-4-best-things-about-waterguard-perimeter-drainage-system.html Our Solution for the 3 Biggest Basement Problems You Didn’t Know You Had <p>Many basement problems are obvious right away. After all, it&rsquo;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&rsquo;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 -- <em>and</em> our solutions for them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your Problem: Mold<br /> </strong>Lots of homeowners expect their troubles to be over after flood water is pumped out of their basement. Unfortunately, the water is only the tip of the iceberg for a lot of homeowners.In your happiness to be rid of basement water, you may find that all that moisture -- especially in a cool, dark environment like the basement -- has led to a nasty mold problem. If the thought of dealing with a flood makes you panic, you definitely don&rsquo;t want to get stuck with mold. It can spread over your basement storage -- not to mention floor joists above -- and cause thousands of dollars in damage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Our Solution<br /> </strong>Our #1 piece of advice for anyone hoping to prevent mold from ever forming in their basement? Don&rsquo;t let water enter in the first place! When you waterproof using durable materials proven to stand up to the big basement floods common across Minnesota and North Dakota -- materials like the ones we use at Innovative Basement Systems -- you&rsquo;ll be protecting yourself from extensive damage to the structural integrity of your home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But what if you already have a mold problem? We&rsquo;ve got you covered. By controlling your basement&rsquo;s humidity, you&rsquo;ll be able to keep mold spores from reproducing. The best way to control your basement&rsquo;s humidity is with a high-capacity dehumidifier.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your Problem: Air Pollutants<br /> </strong>Many indoor air pollutants rise into your living space through the lower portions of the home, usually the basement or crawl space. You&rsquo;ve probably heard of dust mites and mold spores, but these are only a couple of the pollutants that may be present in your home. Another common indoor air pollutant is radon, an invisible gas that has been found in mild to high levels in every county across Minnesota and North Dakota. All of these pollutants can cause breathing problems, and radon has been found to be a leading cause of lung cancer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Our Solution</strong></p> <p>The first thing you need to do when you&rsquo;re ready to deal with your possible indoor air pollution problem is to test whether there is actually an issue. At Innovative, we can help you test your home for radon -- and then help you get rid of it. A lot of the time, no matter what pollutant you&rsquo;re dealing with, they enter your home through cracks in the foundation. Foundation cracks are often caused by settling or sinking foundations and come with a host of other problems, like threatening your home&rsquo;s structural integrity and allowing water to enter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since foundation cracks are a threat to your home&rsquo;s structural integrity anyway, dealing with it right now will help you tackle three problems in one. You&rsquo;ll have a more stable home, a dry basement, and increased air quality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Your Problem: High Energy Bills</strong></p> <p>Are your energy bills higher than you&rsquo;d like them to be? Chances are, your basement is at least one of the causes. When there are cracks in your foundation -- or around any doors and windows that might be present down there -- there&rsquo;s a good chance it&rsquo;s costing you money. The stack effect causes the conditioned air in the upper levels of your home to be pushed out, forcing air from the outside to enter through the cracks in your basement. This means your furnace or air conditioner has to work harder, leading to wasted energy and money.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Our Solution<br /> </strong>In addition to air sealing, one surefire way to make sure your basement is free of cracks is to deal with any foundation problems present. Settling foundations are extremely common in regions impacted by drought. Because Minnesota and North Dakota have experienced significant drought conditions in the past several years, it&rsquo;s important to make sure your foundation isn&rsquo;t compromised. After your settling foundation is lifted back to its original position or your bowing walls are stabilized, you&rsquo;ll find that less outside air is entering your home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dealing with problem basements is complicated enough before throwing in all of the smaller, overlooked issues that can be the result of bigger problems. When you work with Innovative Basement Systems, our basement specialists will be able to help you deal with any problem that may arise -- big or small. Better yet, we&rsquo;ll help you identify problems you may have overlooked and assist you in coming up with the best solution possible for your basement. Call us today at 877-365-0097 to get started.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8337-our-solution-for-the-3-biggest-basement-problems-you-didnt-know-you-had.html Wed, February 19 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8337-our-solution-for-the-3-biggest-basement-problems-you-didnt-know-you-had.html Why Some People Will Always Have A Wet Basement <p>If you&rsquo;re anything like us, you know someone who is too stubborn to ask for help when they need it. Or maybe you&rsquo;re that person yourself. At Innovative Basement Systems, we understand wanting to be self-sufficient, but we&rsquo;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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, for some people it makes more sense to try every possible solution on their own before getting a second opinion -- no matter what problem they&rsquo;re dealing with. This method of dealing with problems can work, but more often than not it just leads to more problems, wasted time, and wasted money. Here&rsquo;s why a lot of people resort to DIY solutions to deal with their basement problems, and why you should avoid those solutions:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You Don&rsquo;t Think You Need Help</strong></p> <p>This is where a lot of homeowners get tripped up when dealing with their flooded basements. They assume that they can solve the problem on their own using guides printed off from the internet, but the problem with that solution is that it isn&rsquo;t specific to your home. Basements are more complicated than most people realize, and drying out a basement permanently is no small task. Our expert opinion? If you find yourself scratching your head when you look at your wet basement, you should probably call in a professional.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You Don&rsquo;t Know Who Can Help<br /> </strong>It&rsquo;s hard to decide who can best help you solve your problem. But the thing is, no one will be able to help you until you ask. The sooner you begin doing research, the sooner you&rsquo;ll find the best basement contractor for you. Whether it&rsquo;s pulling out a phone book and calling the contractors in your area or asking friends and family for recommendations, if you&rsquo;ve had a wet basement before, you probably will again. Make it easier for yourself and know who to call before the next flood.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You Don&rsquo;t Think You Can Afford It<br /> </strong>Which sounds more expensive: bringing in a professional to permanently dry out and waterproof your basement using a proven system of waterproofing products, or using up your free time to install a solution that <em>might</em> work, that <em>might</em> prevent you from having to deal with a bigger water or mold problem in the future? When it comes to protecting your home, why take chances? Professionally installing an effective waterproofing system will protect your home from future damage <em>and</em> help you save money on future repairs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to be that person who will always have a wet basement, start the process of preventing your basement from future floods today! Innovative Basement Systems has been helping homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota protect their basements for over a decade, and we&rsquo;re ready to help you too! Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule your free estimate.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8335-why-some-people-will-always-have-a-wet-basement.html Wed, February 19 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8335-why-some-people-will-always-have-a-wet-basement.html How to Deal With A Wet Basement Without Ruining Anyone Else’s Life -- Or Your Own <p>At Innovative Basement Systems, we know how stressful it can be to deal with a problem basement. But that stress and worry over what&rsquo;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 &ldquo;best fix&rdquo; ends up being a slapped together do-it-yourself solution that can&rsquo;t stand in to the long haul.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What you <em>really</em> need for your wet basement is a permanent solution, one that protects the biggest investment of your life and restores harmony to your home. In other words, you need a solution, customized to your home, that involves top-quality materials installed by leading industry professionals -- professionals like our team at Innovative Basement Systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So why choose Innovative? Easy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. We Have the Best Materials<br /> </strong>We are constantly on the hunt for the best new waterproofing products. Thats why we&rsquo;re confident in suggesting our own. At Innovative, we only install quality products into the basements we work on -- and for good reason. Why settle for a solution you&rsquo;re going to have to replace a few years down the line if you can get a more reliable, longer-lasting solution right now?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether your basement waterproofing plan includes a WaterGuard drainage system, a TripleSafe sump pump, a CleanSpace vapor barrier, or all of the above, you can rest assured that it&rsquo;ll stand the test of time.<br /> <br /> <strong>2. We Have the Best People<br /> </strong>All of our installation crews undergo training every year to ensure that they know everything there is to know about the job, from figuring out the best plan to your basement to installing our products to answering any questions you have along the way. Just as we are committed to using only the most up-to-date products, we are also committed to making sure our crews have the most up-to-date knowledge about how best to work with those products. Why settle for anything less?<br /> <br /> <strong>3. We Care<br /> </strong>At Innovative, we know that we wouldn&rsquo;t have lasted as long as we have in the basement waterproofing business if we didn&rsquo;t truly care about every homeowner that we encounter. For us, it&rsquo;s not just about making a dollar. It&rsquo;s about helping homeowners who may be at the end of their rope when it comes to finding a solution for their wet basement nightmare. Everyone from our office staff to our basement specialists to our installation crews is committed to answering your questions and making sure you know exactly what&rsquo;s going on in your home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ready to finally restore the harmony in your home and fix that wet basement once and for all? Innovative Basement Systems serves homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota. Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule your free estimate.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8186-how-to-deal-with-a-wet-basement-without-ruining-anyone-elses-life-or-your-own.html Wed, February 5 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8186-how-to-deal-with-a-wet-basement-without-ruining-anyone-elses-life-or-your-own.html 5 of Your Biggest Basement Questions Answered <p>It may seem like the easiest solution is to put off what looks like a minor issue, but homeowners who do this are usually in for a big headache down the road. We find that most homeowners who put off basement repairs do so because they don&rsquo;t know enough about what&rsquo;s going on. They aren&rsquo;t sure what caused the problem, so they don&rsquo;t know how to fix it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Innovative Basement Systems, we understand the urge to avoid unearthing a huge, expensive problem. But by ignoring the warning signs, that is exactly what you are setting yourself up for. Because we know that doing research on your basement is time-consuming and often confusing, we thought we&rsquo;d answer 5 questions homeowners frequently ask us about how to deal with their basements.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: How can I prevent a water problem?<br /> A: </strong>This is probably the best question you can ask if you live in one of the many areas across North Dakota and Minnesota prone to yearly spring flooding. While many homeowners don&rsquo;t want to think about waterproofing until <em>after</em> their basement has experienced flooding, we think it&rsquo;s better to prevent that flood from occurring in the first place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re asking this question, you probably agree. Waterproofing ahead of time ensures that your basement and everything it contains will be safe from damage, that you&rsquo;ll have greater peace of mind even as everyone around you scrambles to call for help, and that your home - if you ever decide to move - retains its value.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So how do you prevent a water problem? Use the <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-waterproofing/products.html">best quality products</a> that you can afford for your basement - installed by someone who understands waterproofing and according to a plan specifically made for your basement. Sounds like a tall order, but it&rsquo;s not as hard as it sounds to find the best contractor for the job.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: So how <em>do</em> I decide on a basement contractor?<br /> A: </strong>The short answer: lots of research. You&rsquo;ll want to hunt down reviews, testimonials, and BBB ratings - not to mention the specifics on products, how they&rsquo;re installed, and who installs them. Checking out a few pictures of the products in action wouldn&rsquo;t hurt either.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In other words, you need someone trustworthy who knows what to use and what to do to get the job done right. Your job? Pick the contractor who makes it <em>their</em> job to help you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: How do I know if I have a foundation problem?<br /> A: </strong>Fortunately, it&rsquo;s easier than you might think to diagnose a foundation problem. The easiest way to know for sure is to look for cracks in the walls, both upstairs and in the basement. Cracks upstairs - along with hard to open windows and doors - often mean your foundation is settling. Cracks downstairs could indicate settling, or they could indicate basement walls that are crumbling or bowing inward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both of these are serious problems. While they&rsquo;re often diagnosed by homeowners, neither problem is something that will be easy to fix on your own. To preserve your home&rsquo;s structural integrity, you&rsquo;ll want to call in an expert with knowledge of structural problems and how to fix them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: But wouldn&rsquo;t it be easier to just fix it myself?<br /> A: </strong>Probably not. We&rsquo;ve seen a lot of DIY solutions to basement issues, but most basement problems are a lot more complex than turning a wrench a few times and hoping for the best. The best way to make sure your basement problem is addressed properly, whether it&rsquo;s a foundation issue or a flood, is to call in an expert.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with an expert offers a lot of advantages that dealing with the problem yourself doesn&rsquo;t have. For one thing, a homeowner who does their research will only work with a contractor with extensive experience dealing with basement problems. Second, there will be no time wasted with trial and error - or cleaning up after a basement flood wipes out what you thought was a solution. You&rsquo;ll be free of guesswork, and you&rsquo;ll finally be able to stop worrying about your basement and relax.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you have more questions about your basement problem? Or are you ready to stop asking questions and dive into a solution? Call us today! Innovative Basement Systems does basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and more throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Call us at 877-365-0097 to get your project started.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8131-5-of-your-biggest-basement-questions-answered.html Wed, January 29 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8131-5-of-your-biggest-basement-questions-answered.html How Does Radon Enter the Home? <p>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.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/istock000005757087small_1363793956.jpg" alt="" width="294" height="195" />&nbsp;</p> <p>At Innovative Basement Systems, we&rsquo;re committed to helping homeowners remove the threat of radon in their homes. In the past, we&rsquo;ve discussed the <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/6352-when-it-comes-to-radon-exposure-everyone-is-at-risk.html">dangers of radon</a> and <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7936-theres-no-better-time-to-test-for-radon.html">removing radon from your home</a>, so we thought it was time to answer a frequently asked question: how does radon enter the home in the first place?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our answer. &nbsp;Simple - sort of.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Radon has been found at varying levels across the country - including states in the Upper Midwest like Minnesota and North Dakota, where the radon levels tend to be moderate to high.&nbsp; Just because it&rsquo;s present almost everywhere doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s easy to spot. Radon is a gas, colorless and odorless, that will go unnoticed unless you use a test specifically designed to detect radon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike other harmful gases that you may be familiar with like carbon monoxide, radon is not a gas that you can prevent from forming in your home. Closing the windows won&rsquo;t help. Neither will updating your appliances or installing an alarm. This is because when your home was built, the radon was probably already there. The gas occurs naturally in the very soil your foundation was built upon, entering the home most often due to a process called the stack effect.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The stack effect occurs due to differences in pressure on the inside and outside of your home, often because of differences in air temperature. The air in the lower levels of your home, like your basement or crawl space, tend to be cooler than the areas you actually live in. In most houses, which haven&rsquo;t been air sealed, a lot of the warm air in your living space will escape the home through tiny cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing, and joints - not to mention the attic and the roof.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When this warm air escapes, it gets replaced by - you guessed it - the air from your basement or crawl space. This doesn&rsquo;t seem like a big problem, but - aside from the money lost on home energy - it allows any radon present in the soil surrounding your home to enter your space without you ever knowing it&rsquo;s there. As the warm air in the upper levels escapes, radon gets pushed up from the basement or crawl space. Your furnace will warm it and it will be pushed outside as well, creating an endless cycle of radon constantly entering and exiting the home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This cycle doesn&rsquo;t have to be endless. At Innovative Basement Systems, we can help you test your home for radon and stop it from continuing to enter in the future. We&rsquo;ve been helping homeowners deal with basement problems for over a decade, and radon mitigation systems is one of our specialties. If you&rsquo;re a Minnesota or North Dakota homeowner ready to test your home for radon and work to remove it with a radon mitigation expert, call Innovative today at 877-365-0097.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8111-how-does-radon-enter-the-home.html Thu, January 23 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8111-how-does-radon-enter-the-home.html Bowing walls in Underwood <p>Dan had a bowing wall that was shearing and was pushing on interior walls, which was causing damage to walls.&nbsp; Water was leaking into the home on parts of wall.&nbsp; A second wall was also starting to crack, but not bowing quite as much.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1578-bowing-walls-in-underwood.html Wed, January 8 2014, 13:01:12 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1578-bowing-walls-in-underwood.html 3 Ways to Keep Heat From Escaping Your Home - Starting With the Basement <p>Have you ever heard the expression that most of your body&rsquo;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 <em>not</em> 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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, Innovative Basement Systems has a number of solutions from homeowners who want to stop heat from escaping:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. Seal Cracks - And Stop New Ones from Forming</strong></p> <p>When your basement wall or floor has crack, it&rsquo;s often a sign of a more serious problem, like a settling foundation or bowing walls. These problems should be addressed immediately, not only because of the threat they pose to your home&rsquo;s structural integrity, but because of the secondary problems they can lead to, like basement flooding and money-wasting energy inefficiency.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Because of the stack effect, heat from inside your home can be lost when it gets pushed through cracks and gaps. Because of this, when you take care of the problem with your cracked basement walls, you&rsquo;re actually taking care of several problems all at once!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. Insulate Your Basement</strong></p> <p>What&rsquo;s the best way to keep heat from escaping through your head and feet? Wearing a hat and socks! By extension, the best way to keep your attic and basement warm are to wrap them up in insulation. At Innovative, we can give your basement a huge comfort upgrade by installing our water-resistant, high r-value insulation along your basement walls. You&rsquo;ll be able to go downstairs without getting a chill, and there will be less risk of cold air from the outside entering the basement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a bonus, when you use our <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-finishing/remodeling-products/insulated-basement-wall-paneling.html">insulated panels,</a><a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-finishing/remodeling-products/insulated-basement-wall-paneling.html"> your basement will be that much closer to being the cozy, comfortable finished space of your dreams.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. Install Better Windows</strong></p> <p>Chances are, you don&rsquo;t think about your basement windows too often. But they could be the thing stopping you from a warmer, more comfortable home. At Innovative, we offer only the best when it comes to basement window upgrades. Unlike the old, outdated windows of the past, our basement windows are made with durable vinyl frames and insulated glass that will keep your basement - and your home - sealed against the cold for years to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you interested in keeping your home warm this winter? Start from the bottom by protecting your basement from the cold. Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners, call us today at 877-365-0097 to get started by scheduling your free estimate.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8056-3-ways-to-keep-heat-from-escaping-your-home-starting-with-the-basement.html Wed, January 8 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8056-3-ways-to-keep-heat-from-escaping-your-home-starting-with-the-basement.html Waterproof Your Way to a New Year’s Resolution Come True <p>Every year, one of the most common New Year&rsquo;s resolutions people make is to spend more time with their family. And after a festive, family-filled holiday season, it&rsquo;s easy to believe you can spend more of the next year doing the same. Unfortunately, New Year&rsquo;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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Innovative Basement Systems, we can&rsquo;t help you get out of work early, but we <em>can</em> help you make sure a home repair doesn&rsquo;t get in the way of your family time. Our New Year&rsquo;s resolution is to continue doing our part in helping homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota enjoy their homes so they can enjoy time with their loved ones. So what&rsquo;s the one home problem that causes the most lost time every year?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Waterproofing.</p> <p>Flooded basements are all too common around here, causing homeowners to lose both time and money dealing with the aftermath. Here are the things that will take up the most of your valuable time during a basement flood:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. Salvaging Your Possessions</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re like most people, you probably use your basement for storage. You know that even if you&rsquo;re not using something right now, you could still want or need it in the future. All of those hand-me-down clothes just waiting to be grown into, pieces of furniture you haven&rsquo;t yet found a place for - not to mention family photos and mementos - are probably worth much more to you than their actual cash value.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But when your basement floods, you may have to say goodbye to all or part of your collection. You&rsquo;ll have to spend a lot of time checking things over to make sure mold and mildew don&rsquo;t spread across the basement - time that could be spent having fun with your family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. Drying Out Your Basement</strong></p> <p>Along with salvaging your possessions, drying out your basement is an important part of dealing with a basement flood. Unfortunately, it can be a long process. You&rsquo;ll have to find a way to pump out the water which, if it&rsquo;s particularly high, could take hours. After that, you&rsquo;ll probably still have some shallow puddles to either manually suck up with a wet/dry vacuum or push toward the pump or drain. This process can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, and even after you&rsquo;re done you&rsquo;ll have to closely monitor your basement for mold.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. Preventing Future Floods</strong></p> <p>With more than 10 years in the business, we&rsquo;ve seen some interesting homemade solutions for basement flooding. The thing is, no matter how many buckets you put out to catch the drips, no matter how many systems you rig up to pump out water, you&rsquo;re just temporarily preventing the inevitable. Until you commit to a <em>real</em> solution, you&rsquo;re always going to be on your toes, trying to stay one step ahead of the flood. Imagine having the responsibility of prevention taken off your shoulders. You&rsquo;ll have better peace of mind, more time to do things you actually <em>want</em> to do, and a home less vulnerable to water.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When you work with an experienced waterproofer, one with up-to-date training and the best waterproofing products at its disposal - one like Innovative Basement Systems - waterproofing is <em>easy</em>. So are you ready to devote less time to salvaging your stuff, drying out your basement, and installing ineffective prevention methods? Call us now at 877-365-0097 to get started.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8021-waterproof-your-way-to-a-new-years-resolution-come-true.html Fri, January 3 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/8021-waterproof-your-way-to-a-new-years-resolution-come-true.html It’s Christmas! Why Not Give Your Home A Gift? <p>Merry Christmas from all of us at Innovative! If you&rsquo;re anything like us, there&rsquo;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&rsquo;s something about this time of year that makes time at home even more enjoyable. Maybe it&rsquo;s the frigid temperatures outside, or maybe it&rsquo;s the lights and the tree and all the other decorations you&rsquo;ve put up, but come December there&rsquo;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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But for how much you love being at home - and how much time you spend there - do you pay it as much attention as it deserves? Unless something is noticeably wrong, most of us don&rsquo;t. But we should! Just like it&rsquo;s not a good idea to postpone trips to the dentist until you&rsquo;ve got a toothache, you probably shouldn&rsquo;t wait until your house is falling down before you repair it. Preventative measures go a long way, and at Innovative that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re all about. Here&rsquo;s how we can help you help your home, so that next year you have an even greater place to spend your Christmas:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We Can Help You Waterproof Before You Flood</strong></p> <p>Because spring flooding is common in Minnesota and North Dakota, we&rsquo;ve seen plenty of basements ruined by water - not to mention all of the storage inside them. Too many families have their furniture, seasonal clothes, holiday decorations, and family keepsakes destroyed every year when the water rises. It can happen as soon as the water starts pouring in or over time as mold grows and spreads.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t let it happen to you. If you don&rsquo;t have a <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-waterproofing/french-drain.html">basement drainage system</a> including a high-volume, high-efficiency <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump.html">sump pump</a>, it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before it does. Prepare now to avoid loss later.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We Can Help You Take Action Against Settling<br /> </strong>The moment you notice the telltale signs of settling - cracks in drywall, hard-to-open doors and windows - you need to do something about it. Lots of homeowners make the mistake of patching over drywall cracks without realizing they&rsquo;re just wasting time and money. If your foundation is settling, the cracks will form again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/foundation-repair/foundation-repair-products/pier-system.html">piering systems</a> support the weight of the home and lift it back to its original position. Taking this action right away will protect your investment and save you time and money on window, door, and drywall repair.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We Can Help You Remove the Threat of Radon<br /> </strong>Every county in Minnesota and North Dakota has moderate to high levels of radon, a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas. But just because it&rsquo;s natural doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s totally safe. Radon has been linked to lung cancer, with the gas being the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Radon commonly enters the home through foundation cracks, spreading into the upper levels of the home due to the stack effect. We can help you <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/radon-gas-mitigation.html">protect your home</a> and your family from radon by testing your home and - if the test comes back positive - installing a system that will route the radon in your home out of the basement and back outside.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We Can Help You Clean Up Your Air</strong></p> <p>Just like radon, dust mites and mold can cause health problems as well. While they&rsquo;re common in basements they pose even more of a problem in crawl spaces. Crawl spaces are often ignored by homeowners who don&rsquo;t relish the idea of crawling around under their home - for good reason. These cramped quarters are often home to rodents, insects, and other critters who - especially when combined with dust and mold - are not exactly pleasant to deal with.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately if you don&rsquo;t deal with them, pest waste, mold, and dust can make their way into your home and cause trouble for people who have asthma and other lung problems - not to mention cause a nasty smell to take over your space. A great way to avoid all of these problems is through <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/crawl-space-repair.html">crawl space encapsulation</a>, which seals your crawl space away from moisture, dust, pests, and other crawl space problem causers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So there you have it! In a nutshell, some of the services we offer to homeowners looking to give their house a little more attention. And who could blame them? Taking care of your home is the #1 way to maintain - and even increase - its value! Reach us at 877-365-0097 to get started. And again, we hope you have a very merry Christmas whether you&rsquo;re spending it at home or somewhere else!</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7978-its-christmas-why-not-give-your-home-a-gift.html Mon, December 23 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7978-its-christmas-why-not-give-your-home-a-gift.html 3 Ways A Bad Basement Or Crawl Space Can Impact the Rest of Your Home <p>What makes a home? Some of us might say it&rsquo;s four walls and a roof with some windows and doors. Others might add that it&rsquo;s also rooms - kitchen, living room, bedrooms - and the stuff inside them. Still more people will insist that it&rsquo;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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We think a home is a system. It&rsquo;s made up of parts that function independently but work together to keep your home comfortable and functional. Each part of the home - from the roof to the electrical work to the HVAC system to the basement - does its job separately, but when any part of the system malfunctions, the whole house is compromised.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, some problems with your home are easier to handle than others. Electrical work, plumbing, or heating/cooling issues are always a headache, but homeowners tend to catch them early because they&rsquo;re parts of the home that get used frequently. Out-of-the-way areas like a basement or crawl space, are more likely to be forgotten simply because you probably don&rsquo;t venture down there as often. But they still impact the home as a system. Just like bad plumbing can spring a leak and damage a basement, the problems of a bad basement or crawl space can impact rest of the home. Here&rsquo;s how:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Bad Basement or Crawl Space Can Destroy Storage<br /> </strong>The most common use of a basement is for extra storage space.&nbsp; But if something major goes wrong in your basement - like a crack in the wall or floor leads to a flood - everything you&rsquo;ve collected over the years will be compromised. And even if it isn&rsquo;t destroyed right away, you won&rsquo;t want to take any chances. You&rsquo;ll have to move years worth of storage, probably to the main floor of your home where it will cause clutter and take up valuable space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Bad Basement or Crawl Space Can Devalue Your Home</strong></p> <p>How would you feel if you were selling your home and someone was ready to make a great offer - until they saw a crack running down the basement wall or a crawl space infested with pests? Your beautiful kitchen with its updated appliances or your neatly-trimmed yard with great curb appeal will immediately be taken down a notch or two when a potential buyer notices a basement or crawl space problem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This disappointing scenario is much more likely to happen if you don&rsquo;t take care of these often overlooked parts of the home. You may be forced to lower your asking price significantly just because you didn&rsquo;t get that settling foundation or unencapsulated crawl space taken care of.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Bad Basement or Crawl Space Can Impact Air Quality</strong></p> <p>There are several ways your basement or crawl space can impact the air quality in the rest of your home. If your basement floor or walls are cracked or bowing, chances are water is going to enter sooner or later. With water comes mold, and with mold comes mold spores. It&rsquo;s easy for tiny mold spores - not to mention dust mites and other harmful particles - to come upstairs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Crawl spaces come with similar problems. If your crawl space is not encapsulated, you&rsquo;ll have the same problems as a bad basement - and more. It&rsquo;s much easier for pests to make their homes beneath your home if your crawl space isn&rsquo;t encapsulated. This can translate to animal waste also making its way into your home through rising air. All of these things pose health risks, but they can all be avoided by diagnosing problems fast.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/crawlspace-beforeafter_1362605247.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="129" /></p> <p>Innovative Basement Systems has been repairing basements and crawl spaces throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for over a decade. We know that you want to protect your biggest investment - whether you think of it as a roof and four walls, a collection of rooms, or the place where you raise your family - and we&rsquo;ll do everything we can to work all the kinks out of every part of the system. <strong>Call us today at 877-365-0097 to schedule your free estimate.</strong></p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7945-3-ways-a-bad-basement-or-crawl-space-can-impact-the-rest-of-your-home.html Wed, December 18 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7945-3-ways-a-bad-basement-or-crawl-space-can-impact-the-rest-of-your-home.html There’s No Better Time to Test for Radon <h3><strong>[state] Residents Urged to Test for Radon During National Radon Action Month</strong></h3> <p><img class="right" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/1384/istock000007317373xsmall_1387805957.jpg" alt="" />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, [company] is encouraging [territory] residents to take action to protect their homes and families.</p> <h3>Elevated radon levels found in 1 out of every 15 homes</h3> <p>Much like carbon monoxide, radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. Elevated levels of radon are found in every state and can be present in every home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 deaths per year. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer cases in the U.S. and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.</p> <p>Radon is a naturally occurring gas that becomes a hazard when at a high concentration. The EPA has found proof that exposure to elevated levels of radon can have serious health implications, including cancer and death. When radon is trapped inside our home or a building, the gas can reach harmful levels. One out of every 15 homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. The only way to find out if radon is a problem in your home is by conducting a test.</p> <h3><strong>The cost of radon mitigation is the same as many home repairs</strong></h3> <p>Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores. The EPA suggests having a radon reduction system installed if the test shows a radon level of over 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), however, levels less than 4 pCi/L may still pose a risk. A qualified radon contractor can thoroughly inspect your radon problem and help choose the right solution to effectively reduce radon levels. A radon mitigation system can reduce levels in your home up to 99 percent. If you already have a radon mitigation system installed, they can also provide a <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/radon-gas-mitigation/radon-mitigation-inspection.html">radon system inspection</a>.</p> <p>[company] urges [state] residents to take action during this year&rsquo;s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. The cost of fixing your radon problem is similar to that of many home repairs like painting or installing a new water heater, but the payoff is priceless. Contact [company] to <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/free-estimate.html">schedule a radon test</a> or for more information on <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/radon-gas-mitigation/radon-mitigation-system.html">radon mitigation</a> in [city 1], [city 2] and surrounding areas.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7936-theres-no-better-time-to-test-for-radon.html Wed, December 18 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7936-theres-no-better-time-to-test-for-radon.html So You Want Your Foundation to Last For Generations? Here’s Our Advice <p>If you&rsquo;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&rsquo;s one part of your home that may be more costly to fix than most: your foundation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Having a solid foundation may seem like it&rsquo;s beyond your control, but there are actually plenty of things you can do to ensure that it stays strong for the long haul:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. Monitor Drought Conditions</strong></p> <p>Did you know that a drought can actually cause your basement to leak? It&rsquo;s true! During very dry periods, soil shifts. Around your foundation, this can cause big problems. As the soil shifts, it causes settling foundations that crack and bow. The cracks then let water in when it finally does rain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. Keep An Eye Out For Cracks</strong></p> <p>When a house&rsquo;s foundation settles, homeowners will often notice cracks forming -- not only in the basement, but in the drywall upstairs as well. Some may decide to patch over these cracks, but we know from experience that this won&rsquo;t help. It&rsquo;s best to treat the problem, not the symptoms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A regular visual check of your foundation is a good way to determine whether your home has some structural issues. Staircase cracks around cinderblocks, bowing walls, and cracks in the floor are all signs that something is amiss. It could be something as simple as having a tree root push into the foundation or something more complicated like a settling foundation. The main thing for you to do is notice there&rsquo;s a problem at all -- we&rsquo;ll take it from there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of these signs should be fairly obvious -- <em>if</em> you&rsquo;re observant. All too often a homeowner loses thousands of dollars on a problem that, if they&rsquo;d caught it sooner, may have cost much less.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. Get Help At the First Sign of Trouble</strong></p> <p>When you see that first crack, when you notice your wall bowing the tiniest bit inward, when your basement springs that first leak -- this is when you should call a foundation repair expert.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Innovative, we take pride in the fact that we&rsquo;ve been foundation repair leaders in Minnesota and North Dakota for over a decade. We offer <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/foundation-repair/foundation-repair-products/pier-system/helical-piers.html">helical pier</a> and <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/foundation-repair/foundation-repair-products/pier-system/push-piers.html">push pier</a> systems for homeowners with settling foundations, and we have <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/foundation-repair/foundation-repair-products/wall-anchors/wall-anchor-system.html">Geo-Lock wall anchors</a> and <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/foundation-repair/foundation-repair-products/wall-repair-system.html">PowerBrace wall repair system</a> for those with bowing basement walls. Our systems are made of strong, long-lasting steel installed by experts with years of training and experience behind them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So are you ready to get started on making sure your foundation stands the test of time? Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners experiencing crumbling and bowing walls or cracks in their drywall or foundation, call us at 877-365-0097 to schedule a free estimate. We&rsquo;ll send an expert to your house to assess the situation and offer a solution customized to your home. Call today!</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7811-so-you-want-your-foundation-to-last-for-generations-heres-our-advice.html Wed, December 11 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/blog/7811-so-you-want-your-foundation-to-last-for-generations-heres-our-advice.html WaterGuard System, with a TripleSafe Sump System <p>Homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems due their home&rsquo;s basement consistently getting wet after rain storms.&nbsp; The homeowner was a bit confused being the house was only two years old, and was supposed to have had drain tile installed when built.&nbsp; Needless to say, they were at their wits end and looking for answers as to why they were having to deal with a wet basement in their NEW home!</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1512-waterguard-system-with-a-triplesafe-sump-system.html Wed, November 20 2013, 13:51:58 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1512-waterguard-system-with-a-triplesafe-sump-system.html Innovative Basement Systems Awarded at 2013 Team Basement Systems Convention <div class="right"><img title="2013 Team Basement Systems Convention" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release//base-sys-13-a234-top50_1378325798.jpg" alt="Innovative Basement Systems earned four awards at 2013 Basement Systems Dealer Convention" width="350" height="233" /></div> <p>Innovative Basement Systems was recently honored at the Annual Team Basement Systems Convention, a gathering of dealers from across the United States, Canada and the UK.<br /> <br /> The annual convention is held each year at Basement Systems headquarters in Seymour, Conn. and the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn.&nbsp;The three day event brings together dealers in the international network for training, seminars, networking, vendor and team building events, and a celebration of achievements.<br /> <br /> This year, Innovative Basement Systems received two awards at the Team Basement Systems International Convention for their work with Basement Systems and CleanSpace.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Out of 221 active dealers, Innovative Basement Systems was awarded:</p> <ul> <li>Top 25 CleanSpace Dealers by Square Footage</li> <li>Top 50 Basement Systems Dealers by Purchases (Ranked 24th)</li> </ul> <p>Innovative was also the recipient of several awards for their foundation repair division, <a href="http://www.innovativefoundationsupportworks.com/about-us/press-release/588-innovative-foundation-supportworks-awarded-at-2013-team-basement-systems-convention.html">Innovative Foundation Supportworks</a>, and their <a href="http://www.innovativebasementfinishing.com/about-us/press-release/589-innovative-basement-systems-earns-two-awards-for-basement-finishing-at-2013-convention.html">Total Basement Finishing</a> division.</p> <p>The high-powered event featured best-selling author and motivational speaker Aron Ralston. His book, <em>Between A Rock And A Hard Place</em>, was turned into the critically-acclaimed movie titled <em>127 Hours</em> starring James Franco. Ralston moved the crowd with his inspirational story of survival and posed for pictures afterwards with attendees.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Google also had a presence at this spectacular event. Two Google representatives delivered a behind-the-scenes peek at how to best utilize the search engines tools for successful business results.</p> <p>Close to eleven hundred people attended the annual Basement Systems Convention this year, which is the highest attendance to date. The flagship event is held each August in Connecticut.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Innovative Basement Systems</span></strong></p> <p>Innovative Basement Systems specializes in basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and foundation repair solutions. Since 2004, they have been helping homeowners solve problems like wet basements, crawl space moisture, leaky foundation walls, bowing and buckling walls, and basement floor cracks. As a member of the Basement Systems, CleanSpace, Foundation Supportworks and Total Basement Finishing networks, they have access to proven solutions and patented products. They provide free estimates to customers throughout the Greater Fargo area of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Basement Systems, Inc.</span></strong></p> <p>Basement Systems, Inc. is the leader in the development of products used to provide a dry, below-grade space. These waterproofing solutions are delivered through a network of trained, experienced dealers. Basement Systems is a network of more than 300 dealers throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Each dealer receives comprehensive, on-going training at company headquarters in Seymour, Connecticut. All Basement Systems dealers have the same goal: to provide a permanent solution for healthier basement environments.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/567-innovative-basement-systems-awarded-at-2013-team-basement-systems-convention.html Wed, September 4 2013, 15:01:27 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/567-innovative-basement-systems-awarded-at-2013-team-basement-systems-convention.html Lifting concrete sidewalk in Plymouth, MN <p>Innovative Basement Systems was called to a home in Plymouth, MN for a sinking slab issue.&nbsp; The homeowner stated that the leaves, rain and ice would collect and the landing of the stairs all year.&nbsp; This created a very difficult and sometimes dangerous entry the their home.&nbsp; After investing lots of money and time into the surrounding landscaping to the home the last thing they wanted to do is have the concrete ripped up and poured again.&nbsp; It was a sure thing that with all the heavy equipment needed to remove the old concrete it would cost even more money to fix the damage to the landscaping once the project was done.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1163-lifting-concrete-sidewalk-in-plymouth-mn.html Wed, July 3 2013, 16:07:05 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/1163-lifting-concrete-sidewalk-in-plymouth-mn.html First big rain storm causes many flooded basements in ND & MN <p>Fargo, ND - May 21, 2013</p> <p>Innovative Basement Systems has over 30 patented products to solve all waterproofing and foundation&nbsp;issues that homeowners are faced to deal with after the storm.&nbsp; We have experienced a very high level of calls over the past couple days from customers all over the state of North Dakota and Minnesota.&nbsp; Unfortunately, for many of these customers their basements are completely flooded and&nbsp;the damage&nbsp;to their property will cost them&nbsp;hundreds to thousands of dollars.</p> <p>We offer no-obligation, free estimates to all customers having to deal with waterproofing and foundation issues.&nbsp; During our estimate we will present the options to the homeowner that will best provide them a solution with the problems they are dealing with.&nbsp; Our company prides themselves in not just presenting a one size fits all solution.&nbsp; Every home is different and we feel that we offer the best products and service available in the industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>###</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/512-first-big-rain-storm-causes-many-flooded-basements-in-nd-mn.html Tue, May 21 2013, 09:19:03 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/512-first-big-rain-storm-causes-many-flooded-basements-in-nd-mn.html Egress Window Replacement...Valley City, ND <p>A couple in Valley City, North Dakota called Innovative when they were finally ready to have an egress window replaced in their basement. Their old window had seen better days: it was framed with old, crumbling wood that did little to increase energy efficiency and even less to protect against mold and rot. Innovative sent an egress window specialist out to Valley City to assess the problem and recommend a solution. <br /><br /></p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/987-egress-window-replacementvalley-city-nd.html Fri, April 19 2013, 13:44:00 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/987-egress-window-replacementvalley-city-nd.html Lowering Flood Premiums Despite Rising Water <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release/1384/smartvent_1365013212.png" alt="SmartVent Crawl Space Vents" width="342" height="184" /></p> <p>With recent reports of homeowners taking gambles on their flood insurance policies, it&rsquo;s clear that homeowners in flood zones are desperate for ways to save money. Innovative Basement Systems has added to its lineup a new product that can help homeowners save money on expensive flood insurance policies.</p> <p>SmartVent is Innovative&rsquo;s answer to homes with problematic crawl spaces. The system equalizes pressure inside and outside of the crawl space or basement, allowing water to enter and exit the space freely. This freedom of movement reduces the strain on foundation walls and decreases the likelihood of structural problems developing. The vent only opens when water pressure lifts it, so no animals or other unwanted objects can enter the space. And the best part is that crawl space vents can lower flood insurance premiums.</p> <p>Innovative Basement Systems constantly adopts new products like SmartVent into its waterproofing line. In the past, Innovative has been a part of flood preparation and rebuilding efforts throughout North Dakota and Minnesota &ndash; and the company wants to continue helping homeowners prepare their homes for the future.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/480-lowering-flood-premiums-despite-rising-water.html Wed, April 3 2013, 14:29:42 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/480-lowering-flood-premiums-despite-rising-water.html Innovative Offers An Answer to Springtime Flooding <p>When the snow that built up over the winter starts to melt, it can cause serious problems for unprepared homeowners. Every year, Innovative Basement Systems performs waterproofing procedures on homes across Minnesota and North Dakota. The problem doesn&rsquo;t end when the water gets pumped out &ndash; it grows. Homeowners need to assess the damage to their property, take measures to prevent mold, and learn how to eliminate flooding in the future.</p> <p>Using a diverse range of products, Innovative Basement Systems helps dozens of homeowners deal with their <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/basement-waterproofing/products/walls/radiant-barrier.html">basement moisture problem</a> every year. The company has been involved in flood preparation and rebuilding efforts in the past, including the Souris River Valley flood in 2011, which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to homes in the Minot, North Dakota area. In a follow-up interview with a Minot customer, the homeowner was pleased, &ldquo;after dealing with seepage from cracked foundation walls for many years,&rdquo; to not have to worry about it anymore.</p> <p>In between helping flood victims rebuild, Innovative Basement Systems constantly adopts new products and develops new, cost-effective ways of installing them. The company&rsquo;s answer to springtime flooding comes delivered in a package customized for each specific home, including repair of water-damaged materials and prevention methods for the future. From foundation repair to close water entry points to specialized drainage systems, Innovative Basement Systems keeps busy getting basements dry &ndash; and keeping them that way.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/471-innovative-offers-an-answer-to-springtime-flooding.html Thu, March 28 2013, 16:11:43 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/471-innovative-offers-an-answer-to-springtime-flooding.html A Mold Problem Solved...Mandan, ND <p>A Mandan, North Dakota homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems due to continued <a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/home-mold.html">moisture and mold issues</a> underneath their basement flooring. Their flooring installers have had to pull up the flooring three separate times in attempts to correct the issue, but every attempt had been unsuccessful. In desperate need of a solution, the homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems. After a thorough inspection, the specialist was unable to locate any source of moisture entry into the home. The specialist then checked the relative humidity in the basement, which was 91%. During winter months a relative humidity of 91% in a basement is abnormally high; the specialist asked the homeowner if their furnace had a built in humidifier, which it did. Upon checking the humidifier, it was discovered that it was set to its maximum setting. The humidifier was turned off, and a follow-up appointment set for the following week.&nbsp;</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/892-a-mold-problem-solvedmandan-nd.html Fri, March 8 2013, 12:18:59 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/892-a-mold-problem-solvedmandan-nd.html Crawl Space Humidity Problem Solved...Bismarck, ND <p>The homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems due to elevated humidity issues in their home. The humidity was causing serious condensation issues in the attic, which in return was causing moisture damage to the home&rsquo;s ceiling. The homeowner assumed the issues were being caused by ventilation problems in the attic. Upon inspection, the specialist found several areas of concern in the crawl space. While attic ventilation is an important aspect of a home, after an inspection of the attic space it was determined by the specialist that both adequate ventilation and insulation were present. The relative humidity in the crawl space was above 80%. Due to the stack effect, the extremely humid air was being drawn into both the home&rsquo;s living space and attic from the crawl space causing the condensation in the attic.&nbsp;</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/873-crawl-space-humidity-problem-solvedbismarck-nd.html Fri, March 1 2013, 11:55:01 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/873-crawl-space-humidity-problem-solvedbismarck-nd.html Waterproofed Basement...Williston, ND <p>This project started when the homeowners noticed water leaking into the south side of their home, damaging two finished basement bedrooms. The water had been leaking in every spring for the past few years. They also had some ridges and flaking in the concrete slab in a few areas of their basement floor. The homeowners tried a few different repairs on their outside of their home, adding soil to build up the grade next to the foundation and installing new gutters, but the water continued to leak in where the wall meets the floor on the south side of their home.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/867-waterproofed-basementwilliston-nd.html Mon, February 25 2013, 11:14:37 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/867-waterproofed-basementwilliston-nd.html A Stable, Dry, Finished Basement...Devils Lake, ND <p>When the owners of this home decided to call Innovative Basement Systems, they had concerns about several problems in their home, all of which Innovative could help with. The basement had a water problem, the foundation walls were bowing inward, and the homeowners dreamed of having a finished basement to enjoy. These problems were a lot for any homeowner to handle, but the Innovative team made sure they knew exactly what would happen in their home before any work got started.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/865-a-stable-dry-finished-basementdevils-lake-nd.html Wed, February 20 2013, 14:38:25 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/865-a-stable-dry-finished-basementdevils-lake-nd.html A Dry, Finished Basement...Alice, ND <p>The owner of this home had some serious concerns about the problems in his basement, as well as some specific requirements for how to solve them. First, because the homeowner wanted his space to be finished after the waterproofing project, he requested that the sump pump not be part of the livable space. And because the basement&rsquo;s water problem had been going on for quite some time, the homeowner wanted the job done as quickly as possible to limit the exposure of the small children who lived in the home to mold. With these concerns in mind, Team Innovative set about providing a solution that met the homeowner&rsquo;s needs.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/864-a-dry-finished-basementalice-nd.html Wed, February 20 2013, 13:50:44 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/864-a-dry-finished-basementalice-nd.html Foundation Repair...Edinburg, ND <p>The homeowners' west wall was cracked and bowing approximately &frac12;&rdquo; inward. Cracks were visible, and some of the blocks were putting pressure on plumbing pipes that were running along the block wall.&nbsp; The homeowners were also concerned about the smells coming from the basement, as well as with making his basement more energy efficient. The basement was being used for storage and overflow space during family events.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/821-foundation-repairedinburg-nd.html Mon, January 14 2013, 11:49:21 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/821-foundation-repairedinburg-nd.html Bowing Walls...New Town, ND <p>Homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems due to all four of her basement walls bowing inward.&nbsp; The homeowner was also interested in an egress window and had plans to finish the basement after the walls were stabilized.&nbsp;</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/788-bowing-wallsnew-town-nd.html Mon, December 17 2012, 14:40:32 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/788-bowing-wallsnew-town-nd.html Crawl Space...Kindred, ND <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> 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When it was wet outside, water seeped in through the foundation walls and wrecked the carpet. Because of the seepage problem, it was not possible for the homeowner to enjoy their basement as much as they could a dry basement. The water threatened to damage their property, so the space could not be safely used for storage, and it made a damp, uncomfortable extra living space.<br /> <br /> After a thorough inspection, the Innovative Basement Systems specialist determined which walls were leaking and came up with a solution.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/782-basement-waterproofingpelican-rapids-mn.html Fri, December 14 2012, 14:14:11 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/782-basement-waterproofingpelican-rapids-mn.html Foundation Repair...Bismarck, ND <p>A Bismarck homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Systems (IBS) to help correct the settlement which had been occurring over some time. The settlement was causing damage to the home&rsquo;s floor coverings, the upstairs and downstairs cupboards, and the exterior brick veneer. There were also cracks in the sheet rock inside the home, and several doors and windows had been sticking.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/758-foundation-repairbismarck-nd.html Mon, December 3 2012, 13:15:49 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/sump-pump/case-studies/758-foundation-repairbismarck-nd.html Innovative Basement Systems Wins Awards at the 2012 Team Basement Systems Convention <p><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release//awardedit_1350313419.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="373" />Innovative Basement Systems was recently honored at a meeting with close to 1,000 guests from all over the United States, Canada and the UK, at this year&rsquo;s Team Basement Systems Convention. <br /><br />The annual convention is held each year between Seymour, CT, (Basement Systems headquarters) and Hartford, CT, and brings together dealerships of the international network for training, seminars, networking, celebration, vendor and team building events. <br /><br />This year Innovative Basement Systems received 7 awards at the Team Basement Systems International Convention.&nbsp; Innovative Basement Systems was awarded for ranking in the Top 20 for Per capita Awards for Basement Systems and for Basement Systems Dealers by Purchases. They were awarded the 5 Year Dealer Award and recognized for the Percentage of Increase Award (Total Dollars) - 253%. Innovative Basement Systems was also placed in the Top 10 Total Basement Finishing Dealers by Purchases, in the Top 5 Foundation Supportworks, Inc. (FSI) Dealers &ndash; PowerBraces, and in the Top 50 FSI Dealers for Total Sales.<br /><br />The high-powered event featured international motivational speaker Andy Andrews!&nbsp; Andrews, world-renowned speaker and author (The Travelers Gift) dazzled the crowd with his presentation highlighting personal choices and attitudes that make the difference between failure and success. <br /><br />Google even had a presence at this spectacular event! Two Google representatives delivered a behind the scenes peek at how to best utilize the search engines tools for successful business results! This year, the annual flagship event was the BEST yet! <br /><br /><a href="http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com">Innovative Basement Systems</a> is a certified Basement Systems dealer specializing in basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and foundation settlement. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Basement Systems is an international network of basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, and basement finishing contractors, led by Company Founder and President, Larry Janesky.&nbsp; The international headquarters, based in Seymour, CT has been helping homeowners increase their usable living space for over 20 years across the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The company has 27-patented basement and crawl space products, designed to help homeowners get more out of their basements and increase their home's value.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/227-innovative-basement-systems-wins-awards-at-the-2012-team-basement-systems-convention.html Mon, October 15 2012, 10:44:28 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/227-innovative-basement-systems-wins-awards-at-the-2012-team-basement-systems-convention.html Minnesota and North Dakota Homeowners Continue to Face Foundation Problems Caused by Drought <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br /> OCTOBER 10, 2012<br /> <br /> PINE CITY, MN &ndash; The dry weather that has plagued most of the country this year shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. The latest drought condition report released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) states that 96% of Minnesota is facing moderate or worse drought conditions. The Department of Agriculture in North Dakota reports similar statistics for that state, with drought conditions ranging from moderate to severe across the entire state. While brown, dry lawns and withering crops are the first noticeable signs of drought, there is much more going on beneath the earth&rsquo;s surface.</p> <p>According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, spring rains saved many of the region&rsquo;s crops, but residents are not free from all adverse effects of the drought. Homeowners across Minnesota and North Dakota now face an onslaught of problems with their homes&rsquo; foundations. The National Public Radio (NPR) recently featured a story on the ongoing drought problem in the Midwest, noting that cracking house foundations are a serious underlying danger caused by the drought. Because of dry soil shrinking away from foundations, many homeowners are left with cracks in their drywall and foundation, uneven floors, and windows and doors that are hard to open. Not only are these problems unsightly, but they can also lead to serious problems that can adversely affect a home&rsquo;s safety, structural integrity, and property value.</p> <p>Innovative Basement Systems continues to receive a large number of calls from homeowners who are experiencing foundation settlement due to drought. Despite the high number of area homeowners with drought-induced foundation problems, Innovative has been able to respond quickly to ensure minimal disruption to the homeowners&rsquo; lives. We use a system that employs piers driven into bedrock or load-bearing strata, resulting in the home being supported by the piers instead of the problem soil. Because of our effective system and efficiency in getting the job done, Innovative Basement Systems is able to keep up with the drought and help homeowners with problematic foundations in the face of a drought that shows no sign of slowing down.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/209-minnesota-and-north-dakota-homeowners-continue-to-face-foundation-problems-caused-by-drought.html Wed, October 10 2012, 15:08:41 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/209-minnesota-and-north-dakota-homeowners-continue-to-face-foundation-problems-caused-by-drought.html Summer Drought Causing Houses to Settle <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p>August 29, 2012</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fargo, ND &ndash; The drought that has settled on North Dakota this summer has left its trail of damage and destruction.&nbsp; Ranging from &ldquo;Severe&rdquo; to &ldquo;Exceptional&rdquo; as rated by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), drought conditions are unavoidable.&nbsp; Most of the effects of the lack of water can be seen with the naked eye, but what&rsquo;s going on under the earth&rsquo;s surface can be just as damaging.&nbsp; At Innovative Basement Systems, we have received an elevated number of calls from homeowners who are experiencing foundation settlement.</p> <p>When soil gets as dry as it has been, it shrinks and pulls away from foundations and creates voids around the house.&nbsp; When these voids exist for an extended amount of time, the home&rsquo;s foundations settle, leaving the house with cracks in the foundation, unleveled floors, windows and doors that are tough to open, drywall cracks and other aesthetic eyesores.&nbsp; These symptoms can plague any home or building regardless of age, size or structure.&nbsp; Homeowners are left concerned with safety, structural integrity and property value of their home.</p> <p>By installing a push pier system, the foundation is stabilized and often rises back to level.&nbsp; Often times this results in closing foundation and drywall cracks, leveling floors, and making doors and windows fully operation again.&nbsp; The piers are driven to bedrock or a load bearing strata resulting in the home being supported by the piers and not the problem soil.</p> http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/49-summer-drought-causing-houses-to-settle.html Wed, August 29 2012, 11:28:22 -500 http://www.innovativebasementsystems.com/about-us/press-release/49-summer-drought-causing-houses-to-settle.html