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Innovative Basement Systems Q&A

Do you install radon mitigation systems?

Yes, Innovative Basement Systems quality is certified through the National Radon Defense. We are your trusted radon mitigation contractor in North Dakota, Minnesota amd Easterm Montana.

How can I stop water from leaking in the basement?

Water can be stopped from leaking into your basement by controlling indoor humidity, using gutter extensions, repairing cracks, installing drain tile, installing a sump pump and waterproofing the walls.

How do you find a water leak under a slab?

Under floor leakage or leaks under slab can be detected by hiring a professional waterproofing contractor who is skilled in inspecting both the interior and exterior of your home for water leaks.

How do you fix a leaking basement wall?

Cracks or breaks in concrete or masonry basement walls can be repaired by hiring a professional waterproofing contractor who can install waterproofing products to permanently correct leaking walls or floors.

How does a sump pump work?

Sump pumps help keep your basement or crawlspace dry by pumping accumulated water out of your home.

How many years does sealing basement walls & floor last?

Waterproofing a basement involves techniques and materials that need to be installed by a professional waterproofing contractor. Warranty information is shared during the inspection and estimate process.

How often should you replace your sump pump?

The best time to replace a sump pump is before the next rain storm, not after it. Innovative Basement Systems installs the best sump pumps on the market!

How thick is the concrete slab for a house on one level?

The standard concrete floor slab in residential construction is four inches.

Is a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit required to repair a boathouse, boat storage structure or boat storage shed adjacent to lakeshore in Minnesota?

Before performing boathouse structural repair in Minnesota please read Water Access: Boat Storage Structures and contact a trusted structural contractor.  Innovative Basement Systems has performed many structural boathouse repairs in Minnesota.


What are the requirements for egress windows in Minnesota?

Minnesota building code requires an emergency escape window in every basement sleeping room and all basement dwelling units.

What can I do about that musty cabin smell?

That musty cabin smell is more than likely coming from your crawlspace. Control odors and humidity levels in your cabin or lake home crawlspace by encapsulatiing your crawlspace.  At Innovative Basement Systems we specialize in crawlspace problems and have the products and experience needed to do the job correctly.

What can you do to have a dry basement?

You can solve wet basement problems by calling Innovative Basement Systems for a complimentary inspection and estimate for basement waterproofing.

What does a settled foundation mean?

Foundation problems and signs of settling include cracks, uneven floors, unstable chimney, and windows/doors that stick or don't open or close properly.

What is a high radon number?

At Innovative Basement Systems, we believe a safe level of radon gas is no radon gas. Acceptable level is below 4pCi/L according to the EPA.

What is an egress window?

An egress window provides a viable entrance or exit in the case of an emergency, such as a fire. Defined as a path out or to emerge, egress windows provide a dependable and maintenance-free safety exit to your home.

What is legal height for an egress window?

An egress window must satisfy all International Residential Code (IRC) criteria: Minimum width of opening: 20 inches. Minimum height of opening: 24 inches. Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 square feet.

What type of insulation to use in crawl space?

The best crawl space insulation is a rigid foam board, such as SilverGlow.

Who does mud jacking in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area?

Innovative Basement Systems are experts when it comes to concrete lifting and leveling. We use a product called PolyLevel which is a polymer liquid that we inject beneath the slab. PolyLevel is environmentally friendly, affordable, and minimally invasive and is a lasting solution.

Who fixes cinder block foundations in Howard Lake MN?

Innovative Basement Systems repairs cinder block foundations in Howard Lake, MN.

Why should you install a vapor barrier in crawl space?

Installing a vapor barrier or having your crawl space encapsulated will reduce moisture which will help protect against rot, mold, fungus and efflorescence.

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Our Locations:

Innovative Basement Systems
1330 41st St. N
Fargo, ND 58102

Innovative Basement Systems
1325 S Frandsen Ave
Rush City, MN 55069

Innovative Basement Systems
760 E Pearl St
Kasota, MN 56050