Wet Basement? Have Questions? Need Help? – Pioneer’s Forums

Pioneer Basement provides a free, monitored forum in which homeowners can post questions reguarding the water in their own basements.


Simply sign up and post away! Getting your questions answered about your situation has never been easier!

It is still suggested to have a professional view the basement before any work is done, however getting an idea of some of the solutions to your basement’s issues can help you stay on track and find answers.

If you’re looking for more detailed advice on your project, Pioneer Basement’s owner Steve Andras, and his staff, work hard to provide inspections of individual basements as well as solutions .

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

Wet Basements in Connecticut Can be fixed: Basement Waterproofing must be licensed first!

The expert basement waterproofing company that I work for has been helping CT overcome their wet basements for over 25 years. Pioneer Basement has also been in Mass and Rhode Island, helping thousands of happy homeowners defend against having to live with a wet basement.


The basement waterproofing industry is loaded with unqualified and uninsured people and businesses. It’s important to also consider when looking for a waterproofing contractor what you’re protected against in the future.


Contractors who work with improper licenses subject you to little or no coverage against fraud and state protection if something goes wrong with the job they install. Make sure that your contractor is fully insured, not just with liability, but is also fully licensed with the state. Contractors who don’t keep up with their registration with the state are ether too lazy, understaffed, have had their license revoked, or have just never applied.


Make sure to contact your state’s department of labor to check that your contractor is suited to work on your home and to help you improve your conditions. Verify their license number that they give you and make sure that they’re up to your state’s standards for coverage. This information is free and open to the public at all times.


For basement waterproofing companies, make sure that they are included in your Better Business Bureau. Each state has their own, but if you’re using a contractor that’s licensed in multiple states check their BBB.org record against their home state. This will give you the most accurate and up to date information on where they generally stand with their customers. This information is also free and open to the public.


Also make sure to do a quick search on www.nawsrc.org (National Association for Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors) to see if they’re registered and meet standards of that organization.


Doing a little research first can save you mountains of headaches later. After that, the work is only as good as the crews and the products that are used.


 For help with your wet basement in ct, contact Pioneer Basement

Crack Repair and Foundation Repair: Slight obsession

So the past few days have been all about crack repair for me. Foundation repair, piering, wall anchoring, epoxy, hydorphobics, hydrophillics..etc.

Needless to say there have been many posts coming into the forums that have some aspect of crack repair. This time of year many people are experiencing problems with random temp changes which switch the ground to “thaw mode”. Wet Basements persist and I’m online trying to help people make important choices on having their basement’s properly inspected.


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 www.pioneerbasement.com

Is living in the basement healthy?

That’s a pretty standard question for people to have when looking at converted basement spaces. The non-biased answer is “it can be healthy.”

The all important counter question is “has the basement been prepared for basement finishing?”

What does this mean?

Having your basement prepared prior to conversion into any apartment is a very simple process that can be done by a company that specializes in basement waterproofing. Pioneer Basement has been helping to prepare spaces in water rich areas like Boston, Fall River and Wakefield Rhode Island for over 25 years.

Basements all have the same possibility to get wet because of the ways that basements are designed and constructed. Moisture control, air circulation and filtration and mold resistant materials used to build the space are all necessary parts to having a healthy basement converted apartment.

Moisture control

is essential for maintaining a standard, livable, and comfortable amount of humidity in the basement. It also is designed for ultimate leak, flooding, and seepage protection for the basement. Without moisture control you’re automatically forcing everything in your basement to come into contact with moisture as vapor and as liquid through leaks, seepage, flooding or other infiltration.

Air circulation and filtration

can be taken care of with a professionally installed Santa Fe Dehumidifier system. It forces warm air into the space to stir and filter air to reinstitute it into the basement space. It’ll leave you with better smelling air, relative humidity control, moisture control, forced air circulation and air stabilization. Not having healthy air to breath is the second major problem that then helps to lower your defenses to other elements facilitated by not having moisture control. With a weaker immune system your body is more susceptible to effects of mold, mildew, and other air born bi-products of hazards that come with standing water and excess moisture.

The last major part

of a successful of a properly converted basement space is the materials that are used to build the walls and the fixtures installed in the space. If they are designed to resist mold and mildew, sagging, and rotting, you defend further against the negative implications of moisture build up.

Once the air circulation and filtration, moisture and water control are both installed you might ask yourself “why should I worry about mold at this point?” You’re right to ask yourself this. Other things can cause leaks, basement water, or excess moisture in your basement. A common occurrence is pipe bursting in the ceiling or on a floor above yours. By having walls, ceilings and floors that are all designed to resist water damage makes not only the clean up easier but it also ensures that the aftermath of such events isn’t followed with rotting joists, moldy dry wall, or water-logged floor boards.

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.