Passionate About Basements

Provide us with your thoughts to enter random drawing.       Steve Andras
(Drawing held March 31, 2012)

  • $1500.00 TNT Vacations Travel Voucher
  • $500.00 Best Buy Gift Card



This is Steve Andras President and Founder of Pioneer Basement. During the months of January, February and March 2012, we would like to hear from everyone about the use of our well-known slogan “We’re passionate about basements and we love helping people”.

Weigh in on our forum and have the chance to win over $3000.00 in prizes. There is no purchase necessary, nor do you need to be an existing customer of Pioneer Basement to win the Random Drawing or Best New Slogan categories.

Some people say the word passionate should be reserved for love and romance and not be used to describe how a person or company could feel about their sole purpose and focus.To encourage as many responses as we can during the next 3 months, we will be giving cash prizes for the following categories:

1. Random Drawing – (Held March 31, 2012)

  • $1500.00 TNT Vacations Travel Voucher
  • $500.00 Best Buy Gift Card

You qualify if you post a comment on this thread. Multiple comments will gain you additional entries up to 5 total. Open to everyone over 18 years old.

2. Best New Slogan – (Announced on March 31, 2012)

  • $500.00 Best Buy Gift Card

If your recommended slogan is chosen by Pioneer Basement you win. (Open to everyone over 18 years old)

3. Best Testimonial – (Announced on March 31, 2012)

  • 1st Place – $500.00 Best Buy Gift Card
  • 2nd Place – $250.00 Best Buy Gift Card
  • 3rd Place – $100.00 Best Buy Gift Card

(Open to only Existing Customers who have hired Pioneer Basement in the last 28 years) Pioneer Basement Employees are encouraged to weigh in on the subject but are not qualified to win any of the prizes.

Pioneer Basement appreciates honest feedback from our customers and also from the general public. We look forward to this discussion and hope that you take part.

Pioneer Basement Gains Angie’s List 2009 Super Service Award

Pioneer Basement has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Angie’s List Super Service Award!

The Super Service Award, now celebrating its 11th year, is reserved for companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie’s List – the nation’s leading provider of consumer ratings on local service companies – throughout the past year. Fewer than 5 percent of the companies on Angie’s List meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the award…

Read the Full Press Rlease on  Pioneer Basement’s Forum: 2009 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Addressing Homeowners and Contractors in Blogs

For over a year now, on my main blog Safe’n’dry Basement Waterproofing, Foundations and Finishing I’ve communicated with homeowners asking questions about thier own homes as well as getting in touch with contractors nation wide.

Pioneer Basement has a local reputation in Mass. as being the best waterproofing company to refer to clients.  Other companies in the Grate Products Authorized Contractor network have also become house hold names in their local communities.

It takes a great deal of passion, the right technology and skilled staff to make it all work. 

Grate Products LLC is redesigning their site to communicate better with many contractors in their network while providing information, data, and support to customers all over North America.

A Grate Products Blog will be officially announced and released once all the nessesary supports are put into place. This will help contractors receive information faster and from the source. The blog will play a key roll in helping contractors who don’t normally do business with websites to navigate and get the full benifit out of all the sections of the new site, including ones that they might have thought they didn’t need.

Grate Products : Basement Health

Find a Grate Products Authorized Contractor

Read more @ Safe’n’Dry – Basement Waterproofing, Finishing and Foundations Blog


Basement Inspection for Friend leads to good advice

A friend of mine recently had me take a look at some images of the basement of a forclosed house he was looking to buy into. I posted my initial reactions: friends basement inspection

Also made an annoucement that if you’re using Twitter that you can follow me there: Follow me on Twitter for Basement Advice

Backfill and the history of Basement Flooding in the Bunker Hill area of Boston, MA

Basement waterproofing in the Bunker Hill area of Boston is on the rise. Much of this is due to the way that the land was moved and created in Bunker Hill during the population growth through the 1800s and 1900s.


The actual Bunker Hill that was spoken about in the revolutionary war was broken down, bit-by-bit, and used to form land in places that were, up till then, marsh or bay.  One Sixth of the land in Boston has been formed this way to accommodate the in flow of new families industry and commerce.


With homes sitting on man made land basement waterproofing in Boston has become a growing concern in the Bunker Hill area. Loose back fill, or loose soil, used to make these large plots of land from the original Bunker Hill, is still in the process of compacting. Settling and shifting have occurred and houses have paid for it as water has found its way into their basements and cellars. Mix this together with stone foundations and you have a recipe for wet basements in Boston.


“Homes in this area of Boston are sitting in more water than normal. Because the soil around the foundations is still loose, water easily sits and gathers in these areas close to the bay.” Steve Andras, President of Pioneer Basement, “We get a lot of calls in this area because of the poor basement drainage.  People don’t have the proper protection for their basements in this area.”

Loose soil invites the water to settle around home foundations. In this back fill, especially in places with high water table such as near the shoreline, have a harder time removing the water away from homes.


“With this added amount of water it takes only a small amount of rain fall to force people to have wet basements. Basement Waterproofing is especially needed in areas like these. Mold and mildew are just the tip of the iceberg when dealing with a constantly wet basement. It is important to realize that there are solutions out there to help you control the water and not let the water control you.


Interested in getting an inspection done of your basement: Call Pioneer Basement at

1-800-649-6140 or visit them online at

Stepping Out Basement Repair Projects.

Basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and other basement projects tend to be “reactionary” rather than preventive projects.

When you get water in your basement, you want to stop it. When you notice a crack, with or without water, you want to patch it up. However, it’s hard to imagine an easy solution when you suddenly are assaulted by a foot of water in your basement. This is not a problem that many people are pre-programmed to handle.

Most basements are subject to some amount of water over the course of their lifetime. When faced with a basement-waterproofing project, some homeowners feel overwhelmed and pressured to get it done all at once. If you’re under tight budgets but still want to do the right thing, there are ways to step out the project to make it easier for you to pay for as well as to get the protection you need or want in your basement.

Firstly there has to be a sump pump installed. This central hub will be able to connect to drains later on if so needed. Having the sump pump installed can help to combat under-floor water pressure, and water coming over the footer. It cannot protect you from wall leaks or water that seeps up onto the floor from the wall/footing cold joint. This is a good first step if you’re tight on money but need to act.

Secondly, a dehumidifier could be installed. Dehumidifiers naturally work best with wall protection, however, once you have a sump pump and basin installed you have a natural drain point for the dehumidifier to work with. Circulation and filtration of the air in the basement can help you dry out faster and help to generate healthy air to breath in the upstairs.

Third step would be to introduce drain and vapor barrier at the same time. You can get the rest of the project done at this point, or again step it out to a “by foot” or gradual installation. Your basement isn’t fully protected without these two elements and until your basement is entirely protected most basement waterproofing companies won’t sign off on suggesting having your basement finished. This third phase can take as many steps as you feel necessary to complete the job.

So here you had a very easy 3-step solution of how to break down your basement waterproofing projects. Your basement waterproofing project manager wants to help you receive the protection you need while still allowing you the flexibility to follow through on the project the way that fits best for your schedule and budget.

*Please take note* that this entry is only here to ease your worries about having a “oh god, i have to do it all at once and spend how much?!” You can take the steps in any amount that you want too.

New Electrical Standards Laws in Mass. (MA)

A new construction code was just announced to go on the books for January 2009. Many contractors are implementing the new code now in order to be ahead for the New Year.

The new code states that all electrical outlets must have a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). The code stated up until recently that these only needed to be installed in areas 8’ from any water source, so you might already have them installed in your kitchen. However, this new code is helping to update old construction and start new construction in the right direction.

GFIs are naturally very sensitive. A reset button is located between the duel outlets. This is easily pushed back in to reset that outlet. The GFI helps to eliminate tripped circuits by catching the surge at the source. This will help you maintain power in a long line with 8 outlets with only 1 outlet being shut down due to the GFI being activated. You can still have power in this example in the other 7.

This is all the more reason to install a battery back up sump pump system and make sure that your sump pumps have alarms,” Says Mike Oliveira from Pioneer Basement Waterproofing. “Having a sensitive GFI means the outlets can trip easier, leaving you unprotected if you are just running an AC power pump. Not having an alarm on your pump and by not having any notice of a GFI trip you can be without power on that outlet for a long time before you notice.”

For instance, if your TV were to black out by your lamp to stay on, you would know visually that it was the outlet that your TV was plugged into that needs to be reset. How about the basement? If your sump pump or storage refrigerator was plugged in and the GFI tripped, how would you know?

All pumps from Pioneer Basement are sold with a DC2 Switch control box which not only has an audible alarm to let you know it’s not receiving power, but it can also be tied into a home security system. The DC2’s security features are also built right into the Battery Monitoring systems for all of Pioneer’s Battery Back up Sump pumps. By having a battery back up system to start with, even when the GFI trips, your system can still run, function and protect your basement from flooding.

“As far as I know we’re the only company in our area providing this advanced protection for our customers,” Oliveira states.

For more information on the new code regarding GFIs in Mass:
The “Electrical Code” in Massachusetts is 527 CMR 12.00.