Water is an essential part of life. But other than coming out of faucets for specific needs, you do not want water in your house. This powerful element and force of nature can wreak havoc on your living environment.
Do you dread rainstorms because you know you’ll have to clean up water that leaked inside your basement? Or do you normally avoid this area of your house because it’s damp and smelly? Do you really know what’s in your basement?
While not every single house was built with a basement, this below-grade area is very common in homes in the West North Central region of the country, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. Basements can be great to use for storing holiday decorations and mementos, hiding laundry and HVAC units, and enjoying as an entertainment area or extra bedroom space.
However you use your basement, it’s important for you to know what kind of condition it’s in. Even the slightest hint of an odor or puddle means trouble for your home and your family. Water can ruin stored items, furniture, and electronics, as well as lead to mold growth and unpleasant odors.
Instead of exposing your loved ones to these harmful conditions, invest in their well-being with reliable wet basement repair solutions.
The expert team at Innovative Basement Authority is here to help you! We are proud to serve homeowners in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Fargo, Bismarck, Saint Cloud, Grand Forks, Eden Prairie, Anoka, Andover, Minot, and surrounding areas.
As an experienced waterproofing company, Innovative Basement Authority helps homeowners solve their basement problems fast. We have more than 10 years of experience in the industry and have been recognized by the BBB for our service and craftsmanship.
We are well-known locally for our unique waterproofing products, custom designed to work well in any home.
Read on to learn more about how we can rid your basement of water problems for good. Here, we’ll cover common concerns we hear from homeowners just like you.
These crumbling foundation walls did nothing to keep out moisture. With the addition of the BasementGutter drainage system and the CrawlSeal vapor barrier, this basement should stay dry for a long time to come.
After numerous water encounters in their basement, homeowners in MN decided to waterproof. The home gained BasementGutter, a CrawlSeal liner and a SafeDri Pro sump pump. Since the system was installed, the home has been dry and comfortable.
Let’s start with typical problem signs indicating basement water intrusion in your home. If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms below, you might have a basement water problem.
None of these signs are pleasant to experience, and there could be several reasons why your basement and the rest of the house has these problems. But something at the heart of many of these issues is the ground on which your home was built.
Here are a few ways soil can affect your home:
Here are a few other common causes of basement problems:
There are so many ways ridding your home of leaking water and other problems has a positive impact on your living environment. Here are just a few perks:
Now that you’ve learned about the problems you could have in your basement, how they got there, and why you should rid your home of them, you’re probably ready to get some repair projects started. But proceed with caution. No matter how handy you and your friends may be, wet basement repair is serious work that is not meant to be a do-it-yourself weekend project.
Sure, you could apply something like a paint or sealant to your basement walls, but odds are that’s not going to cut it. These materials might work in the short-term, but they are not permanent solutions. They can pop and flake, indicating lingering, underlying problems with water and moisture. And, because water follows the path of least resistance, it will still find a way inside even if you’ve “sealed off” a point of intrusion.
Don’t waste your time and money on quick, temporary fixes. Fix the problem the right way the first time with the help of a professional contractor that can provide more reliable products.
You’ve probably heard stories from people who had less than stellar experiences with contractors who didn’t finish the job, left a mess, or installed shoddy products. It’s understandable that you’d be wary of working with a contractor yourself, but don’t let a bad apple here and there completely influence your decision. Especially nowadays, it’s hard to know who to trust. But there are reliable people out there who are ready to help you.
There’s a lot to think about when choosing a basement waterproofing contractor such as the company’s integrity and track record, and how the employees carry themselves. So, it’s up to you to do your homework.
Here are 10 tips for selecting a reputable contractor, courtesy of Popular Mechanics:
We at Innovative Basement Authority are proud to meet and exceed expectations on these points. We encourage you to read on to learn more about us, as well as look at reviews from actual customers to learn about their experiences with us!
We know it can be daunting and intimidating hiring a contractor and working with someone you don’t know. But rest assured that you will be in good hands with our company. Our entire team is dedicated to you, your family, and your home. You are our No. 1 priority. While ensuring your home’s health and safety, we want your experience with us to be like none you’ve ever had with another company. Read on to learn more about what you can expect when working with us.
When you contact us for a free inspection and estimate, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our certified field inspectors. It’s important for the inspector to physically visit your house in order to get a better idea what’s going on so he can recommend the best repair solutions.
During this appointment, the inspector will thoroughly evaluate the inside and outside of your home, checking for things like damage, sources of leaks, and wall cracks. As he discusses his findings with you, the inspector also will ask what your repair goals are. He will then provide you with a proposal with solutions customized to your specific repair needs. The inspector also will take your budget into consideration and discuss payment and financing options.
Let the proposal sink in and don’t be afraid to contact your inspector with follow-up questions. Then, when you’re ready to sign the contract with the inspector and have the project(s) done, we will schedule the work with one of our experienced installation crews. The crew will treat your home as your own, with complete respect and care as they install reliable products to protect your home. Even if something comes up during the process, we will take care of it. Our team works until the job is done right and you are 100% satisfied. We also offer service and maintenance opportunities to ensure the systems we installed continue to operate at a high level to protect your home.
Even after reading about the necessity for repair, you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to involve and how you’re going to be able to afford it. This is by far the most common concern raised by homeowners when it comes to basement waterproofing. And for good reason. Your home is the most significant investment you’ll ever make, and it’s important to make sure you’re protecting it with the best, cost-effective solutions.
Homeowners can typically expect to spend an average of $4,000 on basement waterproofing, with various projects ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. The return on investment from basement waterproofing is estimated to be around 30 percent. That being said, the many benefits of repair, not to mention peace of mind, are priceless.
Every home is unique, and each project calls for different solutions. We will customize solutions specific to your repair needs. Your inspector will take into consideration your repair goals, the severity of damage or problem areas, square footage, and your budget. There is no “one size fits all” fix. What may have worked for your neighbor’s home may not necessarily be what your house needs.
Along with educating yourself, the best step you can take is contacting us for an expert opinion. We will not try to throw bandages on the problems, push you to buy unnecessary products, or offer sub-standard quick fixes.
Because we are committed to you, and your family’s health and safety, we only use the very best products that are tested and proven to protect your home and keep it dry. The solutions we install are manufactured right here in the United States, and they are designed to work together to provide complete basement protection and give you the most bang for your buck. Our basement consultants will work with you to design the best basement waterproofing system to uniquely fit for your home’s repair needs.
Here are the solutions and how they work:
So, what’s holding you back from having a dry, safe and healthy home? Now that you’re armed with knowledge about why your basement is leaking and what can be done to fix it, why not let a trusted contractor protect your most valuable asset – your home? The expert team at Innovative Basement Authority is eager to help you create a safer and healthier living environment!
“I would like a send Innovative Basement Authority a very big thank you for the two projects that were recently completed at our home. We had a garage floor repaired”
“My basement is now FRESH & CLEAN! It is a pleasure to be down there now.”
“Keith, JT & entire work crew who came to my home, everyone was very professional & very nice. I cant thank your company enough. My basement is what I expected”
“Mae and Bill K. from Lino Lakes, MN had a terrible black mold problem in their home's basement, to the point where they could actually see the black mold stains”
“The basement in Tom V.'s home had serious mold problems. Something they realized soon after they moved in. The mold was affecting his wife's health, and over the years they called”
“Innovative was super nice to deal with and I loved the book the information they sent out.”
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