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Got Water? A Leaking Basement Is A Big Problem. 

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. 

 

Get Help from Trusted Experts 

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. 

Before and After

Signs of A Wet Basement 

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. 

  • Wet or damp basement floor 
  • Leaking or damp basement walls 
  • Pooling or standing water 
  • Leaky basement windows 
  • Crystalline deposit on concrete surfaces 
  • Musty odors 
  • Mold or mildew 
  • Condensation 
  • High humidity 
  • Sump pump issues 
  • Poor drainage 

 

Causes of Basement Problems 

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. 

  • Soil
    The soil underneath and around your house, as well as the health of that soil, has a tremendous impact on the structure.There are many kinds of soil throughout the country and the world, but there are three basic ingredients that make up soil and its texture – silt, clay and sand, as well as a combination of any or all them. NASA Earth Observatory maps show how much of these ingredients can be found across the country. Faster-draining sandy soils can be found in southern states. Clay soils that hold onto water and silt soils that tend to have intermediate drainage properties are found across the country.The West North Central region that includes Minnesota, North Dakota and eastern Montana has a good mix of all three. You can find out specifically what soil you are dealing with by searching your address through the Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Here are a few ways soil can affect your home: 

  • The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure
    A very large hole had to be dug in the ground to accommodate your home’s foundation and its construction. Once the foundation floor and walls were built, a gap remained between the walls and the rest of the earth. The soil that was dug out was then replaced or “backfilled” to fill that gap.This backfilled soil is loose, fluffy, and not as dense compared to undisturbed soil on the property. This allows water to collect in the soil immediately surrounding the house and create a “clay bowl,” as well as put pressure on the walls. This constant force exerted on the walls by saturated soil is known as hydrostatic pressure. When this force becomes too much for the walls to handle, they will begin to crack and bow inward. Water can easily find its way in through any cracks and openings, and your home’s structural stability also is at risk.
     
  • Soil Settlement and Poor Grading
    The backfilled soil around your home will settle over time, and it can sink towards your foundation at a sloped angle. Ensure the ground around your home’s foundation has proper grading and slopes away from the home, not toward it. It should be at least one inch per foot for six feet. Draining water in the wrong direction can cause it to accumulate next to your foundation, contribute to hydrostatic pressure, and eventually seep into the basement. This is likely to happen when you don’t compact the fill dirt around the foundation.
     

Here are a few other common causes of basement problems: 

  • Weather
    Mother Nature can be unpredictable at times, and Minnesota, North Dakota, and eastern Montana all see their fair share of wild weather. Heavy rainstorms can dump a lot of water on the ground with nowhere to go, and wintertime snow melt results in runoff water. All this water can then find its way inside through saturated soil and wall cracks.
     
  • Clogged Footing Drains and Improper Exterior Drainage
    A footing drain was installed just outside the foundation walls as your home was constructed to help keep water away. But this drain can easily clog and allow water to collect by the walls. Similarly, if you have clogged or above-ground exterior drainage pipes, water can easily puddle next to your home and find its way inside any crack or gap in porous block foundation walls. Above-ground downspout conductor lines also are tripping and safety hazards, so placing these lines in the ground and directing them far away from your home is the best way to keep water from downspout conductor lines out of the house.
     
  • Inefficient Sump Pump System
    The best basement waterproofing method involves interior drainage, and a reliable sump pump is at the heart of this system. Many sump pump systems are installed with metal basins placed in the floor. They typically have lids that rest on top of the basin as well as openings for discharge pipes. Some may not have lids at all, rendering them ineffective troublemakers. The metal basins can easily rust and corrode, and partial or nonexistent lids allow water to evaporate back into or flood the basement. This leads to unpleasant odors and moisture issues that defeat the purpose of the sump pump in the first place. Debris and other items also can easily fall into the system and damage the pump if the sump pit is not completely covered.
     

How You Will Benefit from Fixing Your Wet Basement 

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:  

  • Better Health and Quality of Life
    Mold loves damp and dark places like wet basements, so you also could be sharing your home with this toxin. More than half the air you breathe inside your home comes from areas like the basement underneath your main living space. Because of the stack effect – an airflow pattern inside a structure from bottom to top – whatever is in your basement also is circulating in the air through the rest of the house and affecting you. So, if there’s mold and dust mites in your basement, these culprits could be making your loved ones sick. Mold growth can lead to and worsen health conditions like asthma and allergies. Keep your family healthy by eliminating possible water intrusion and mold growth. Having a reliable dehumidifier also will help keep moisture and humidity in check and help improve the overall air quality in your home.
     
  • Protected Structural Integrity
    A wet basement also could be a structurally unstable basement. Water could be finding its way inside through wall cracks and gaps, which also means the home’s safety could be at risk. This is particularly true in block foundation walls. Water can easily saturate and seep through the porous material and find its way inside through any crack or gap. If water has nowhere to go, it starts building up inside the walls. Along with hydrostatic pressure, this results in an unsafe mess for your foundation walls and basement floor. Don’t expose your loved ones to an environment that could cave in at any moment. When your basement is properly waterproofed, you are ensuring a longer lifetime for your home.
     
  • Improved Energy Efficiency
    Below-grade areas like basements are naturally damp and cooland those with leaking water tend to experience more of a decrease in temperature. This leads to the floors above the basement feeling cold, and it demands more running time for your furnace. And high humidity levels also cause the air conditioning to struggle and run more in warmer months. All of this can put a strain on your HVAC system, and constant operation can cause your energy bills to be very high. Quit wasting money on heating and cooling bills. Instead, invest in trusted waterproofing solutions that will save your home and your wallet in the long run.
     
  • Increased Real Estate Value
    Many factors can impact the real estate/resale value of your house, but it’s important for you to be aware of the condition of your home regardless. Homes with problems like wet basements can decrease property value by an average of 10%.  By having trusted waterproofing solutions installed, you’re ensuring your home’s health and value for today and tomorrow. This also shows potential buyers that you care about your home and the finer details. A clean, dry home is more attractive to home buyers as opposed to a house with leaks and mold. So, as a homeowner selling your house in North DakotaMinnesota, or Montana, you must fill out a residential disclosure form noting any known issues with leaks, mold, flood damage and waterproofing. This sets clear expectations regarding the quality and condition of the home. Learn How To Improve Your Resale Value

Wet Basement Repair is Not DIY – Seek Professional Assistance 

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. Fithe 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. 

 

Know You’re Hiring the Right Contractor 

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: 

  1. Go with Your Gut. The contractor will be in and around your home, so trust your instinct about his or her character.  
  2. Make Sure the Contractor is Bonded, Insured, and Licensed to Work in Your Area. Carrying the proper licensing and insurance indicates credibility, knowledge, and trustworthiness. 
  3. Pick a Contractor Who Specializes in Your Project Type. Experience through research, training, and hands-on work in the field matters. 
  4. Have a Detailed Contract in Place Before Any Work Begins. Having detailed plans and everything in writing spells out expectations. 
  5. Find Out Who Will Be Performing the Work. Knowing exactly who will be coming to your home will give you peace of mind. 
  6. Give the Contractor Guidelines for Working In/Around Your Home. Let the company know of your preferences including arrival times and any off-limit areas of your property. 
  7. Know What Your Responsibilities Are. If you need to move anything out of the way or need to plan for pet accommodations, it’s best to get that out of the way before the project starts. 
  8. Ask About a Mechanic’s Lien. Check on the contractor’s legal status before signing anything. 
  9. Look at Work Samples. This will allow you to see the quality of the work and maybe even give you some ideas for your own project. 
  10. Think Locally. Support the local companies that have been in business and in the community for a long time. 

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! 

 

How Innovative Basement Authority Can Help You 

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. 

 

The Cost of Wet Basement Repair 

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 saidthe 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. 

 

We’ll Use Custom, Proven Solutions for A Dry Basement 

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: 

  • Interior Drainage – The most effective basement waterproofing method involves interior drainageOur specially designed BasementGutter system is placed throughout the basement’s perimeter in the sub-floor. It collects leaking water from the walls and floor, and then channels this water to a sump pump system. There are other variations of interior drainage systems we offer, and another popular one is the grated-drain system that can be placed in the floor in front of the stairways or entryways. These sections can easily be tied into the rest of the perimeter BasementGutter™ system. 
  • Sump Pumps – Once the leaking water has been intercepted, it needs somewhere else to go. Our interior drainage systems direct this water unseen into a reliable sump pump system. From there, the pumping system removes the water from the basement through discharge lines directed outside. We have a variety of SafeDri™ sump pumps available to best fit your waterproofing needs. 
  • Dehumidifier – Another piece of properly waterproofing your home involves controlling moisture and conditioning the air. We’ll install a powerful, but energy-efficient dehumidifier to control moisture and humidity, clean and filter the air, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth. Unlike conventional dehumidifiers, our unit is self-draining and can be directed to drain into a perimeter drainage or sump pump system. 
  • Frozen Discharge Line Prevention – Exterior discharge lines, like those from sump pumps, can sometimes freeze or become blocked. This means water can flow back into or flood your basement, defeating the purpose of having a waterproofing system. But our special FreezeGuard™ outlet can be attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to allow water to continue flowing out of the line. 
  • Vapor Barrier – Another way to prevent problems with water and mold is to install a vapor and moisture barrier. Our CrawlSeal™ liner typically is used for crawl space encapsulations, but it has other practical uses. This thick and durable liner also can be used on basement walls and floors to help with waterproofing and improving the appearance of the area. 

 

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! 

Recent Testimonials

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“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”

David M. in Owatonna, MN

“My basement is now FRESH & CLEAN!  It is a pleasure to be down there now.”

Debra H. in Saint Paul, MN

“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”

Barbara K. in St. Paul, MN

“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”

Bill and Mae K. in Lino Lakes, MN

“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”

Tom V. in Minneapolis, MN

“Innovative was super nice to deal with and I loved the book the information they sent out.”

Violet H. in Minnetonka, MN

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1330 41st St N
Fargo, ND 58102
320-626-0002


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1325 S Frandsen Ave
Rush City, MN 55069
320-523-0001


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760 East Pearl Street
Kasota, MN 56050
320-591-3111
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