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  • By Bob P.
    Hillsboro, IL

    "Juan,John,and Daniel could work at my house anytime."

    Customer Review

    By Bob P.
    Hillsboro, IL

    Juan,John,and Daniel could work at my house anytime.

  • By Ronald H.
    Fairview Heights, IL

    "Individuals to be recognized for superior performance are foreman/service techs James, Josh and John. Top notch!"

    Customer Review

    By Ronald H.
    Fairview Heights, IL

    Individuals to be recognized for superior performance are foreman/service techs James, Josh and John. Top notch!

  • By Charlyn L.
    St. Peters, MO

    "The team of Jason, John, and Joshua exceeded my expectations in every way possible. They were courteous, able to answer all my..."

    Customer Review

    By Charlyn L.
    St. Peters, MO

    The team of Jason, John, and Joshua exceeded my expectations in every way possible. They were courteous, able to answer all my questions so that I could understand them. The work they did is exceptional. They left my basement neat and tidy and ready for dry wall and then to be used as living space. I like your life-of-the-house guarantee, too.

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "John was great at giving us options that fit our budget." Read Full Testimonial

    Kristen H. of St Louis, MO

    Customer Testimonial

              We got our quote in April but didn't move forward until September. Our specialist, John Salazar, was exceptionally friendly even though there was a few months delay in starting the project. I would recommend him to any of my friends. John answered all my questions through text, calling, or email in a quick manner. It was his dedication that really made the sale. We got several quotes from other companies but they didn't seem as thorough or as eager to go the length to make the sale.
    Kristen H.
    St Louis, MO

John Salazar from Woods Basement Systems, Inc.

Title: System Design Specialist

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

John Salazar from Woods Basement Systems, Inc.

Siblings: Joey & Steven

Pets: Carl (cat)

Interests: Home renovations, fantasy football, kickball, & wine-making

Certified Waterproofing Professional

Certified Foundation Specialist

John has an extensive understanding of waterproofing as well as experience in the foundation repair industry. In addition, he has 3+ years experience in home improvement sales and managing a car rental facility. This experience has given him a unique understanding of the fundamental principles needed to provide customer service that exceeds expectation. It has also provided him with the capability to listen to the wants and needs of homeowners, and provide satisfying solutions that maximize their home value. 

Job site experience and hands on training has given John a unique and genuine understanding of basement environments and how to solve basement and foundation problems. He has consulted with numerous homeowners and has designed effective solutions for every one of them. John understands the importance of doing the job right the first time and takes responsibility for every job with which he is involved. He is a trusted and valued member of the Woods Basement Systems, Inc. team.

John enjoys meeting with homeowners to help them solve their basement problems and enabling them to get more value out of their homes. In his free time, John enjoys family time, fantasy football, exercise, kickball, and wine-making.

Case Studies I've worked on:

Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Musty, Dirty Crawl Space Transforms by CleanSpace in Vandalia, IL
    Before
    Musty, Dirty Crawl Space Transforms by CleanSpace in Vandalia, IL
    After

    Kevin of Vandalia, Illinois wanted to finally clean-up his crawl space after years of putting it off. Once he reached out to Woods Basement Systems he was paired with system design specialist, John S., who designed a custom-fit plan for Kevin's crawl space needs. 

     

    Thanks to the leadership of foreman, James L., the CleanSpace was installed quickly and efficiently. Now Kevin will have a safe, clean, mold-free crawl space for many more years to come!

  • CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation in Nokomis, Illinois
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    CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation in Nokomis, Illinois
    After

    Rodney C., Nokomis, Illinois homeowner, was troubled by the mold over taking his crawlspace. The mold was a health and safety concern for his home. System design specialist John S. designed a solution to keep the crawlspace dry and mold free.

    Foreman Josh B. installed the CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation system. CleanSpace is an inorganic vapor barrier that prevents water from entering the basement. Because it is inorganic, it does not support mold growth. In addition to CleanSpace, the SaniDry dehumidfier was installed.

    Rodney is thrilled to know is home is now safe and healthy. He no longer has concerns of mold overtaking his craswlspace.

  • Geo-Lock Wall Anchors Permanently Stabilize Foundation Walls in Makanda, IL
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    Geo-Lock Wall Anchors Permanently Stabilize Foundation Walls in Makanda, IL
    After

    Bowing, tilting and cracking in foundation walls are signs of damage from pressure of unstable soil on the outside of the walls. If these problems are left unchecked, walls may fail causing even worse problems. Rich M. of Makanda, IL had bowing and cracked walls so he called Woods Basement Systems. Woods recommended installing Geo-Lock Wall Anchors.

    Woods installed the Geo-Lock Wall Anchors along the bowing and cracked walls. Geo-Lock Wall Anchors counteract the external pressure on the walls by connecting steel earth anchors, that have been embedded in more stable soil in the yard, to steel wall plates on the inside of the walls using galvanized steel anchor rods. Geo-Lock Wall Anchors permanently stabilize walls in the position they are in and can even straighten walls in most cases by tightening the anchors during dry periods.

  • CleanSpace Protects Crawlspace in Lebanon, IL
    Before
    CleanSpace Protects Crawlspace in Lebanon, IL
    After

    This Lebanon, IL homeowner was looking to seal out leaks from their crawlspace. System Design Specialist John S. from Woods Basement Systems recommended CleanSpace wall barriers to accomplish the task.

    Foreman Jose L. and his team installed CleanSpace, an inorganic vapor barrier that prevents destructive moisture and microbial growth from getting into basements and crawlspaces. Now the homeowner can rest easy knowing their crawlspace is sealed and dry thanks to CleanSpace.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lebanon, IL
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Lebanon, IL
    After

    Lebanon, Illinois homeowner Lucia had both a crawl space and a garage that were wetter than she wanted. She gave Woods Basement Systems a call and System Design Specialist John developed a plan to get everything dry for her. 

    Foreman Greg and his crew installed the the CleanSpace with Drainage Matting, SilverGlo, and SmartSump in the crawl space featured here. 

    The Drainage Matting is under the CleanSpace. It gives the water vapor that seeps in a surface to collect on and direct to the SmartSump. The CleanSpace keeps all the water vapor out of the crawl space environment while providing a brighter, cleaner surface. 

    The SmartSump will make sure any water collected gets removed from the space and away from the home. 

    Lucia can now use her crawl space for storage and not be afraid when she needs to go into the space. 

  • Garage Now Dry With TripleSafe, WaterGuard, and PolyLevel
    Before
    Garage Now Dry With TripleSafe, WaterGuard, and PolyLevel
    After

    Lebanon, Illinois homeowner Lucia had a wet garagea and crawl space that was giving her worries. She gave Woods Basement Systems a call and System Design Specialist John developed a plan to get both dry for her.

    Foreman Greg and his crew installed TripleSafe Sump Pump, WaterGuard, and did a PolyLevel job to get her garage dry. The WaterGuard went along the back wall and ran any water that got in to the TripleSafe sump pump. 

    The TripleSafe, which needed to be installed in the lowest point of the garage, has three pumps to keep the area totally dry. The battery-operated pump ensures that even in a power outage. 

    By using PolyLevel, we can level the area making it safer and better looking. It also makes sure the area drains correctly and does not lead to further foundation problems. 

    Lucia now has the dry basement and garage she has been desiring. 

  • CleanSpace Installed in Lebanon, IL Crawl Space
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    CleanSpace Installed in Lebanon, IL Crawl Space
    After

    Jason of Lebanon, Illinois wanted to have preventative work done to his crawl space. After discussing options with system design specialist, John S., Jason and John decided to install a new CleanSpace encapsulation system. Here is a before and after of the installation of CleanSpace in Jason's crawl space. 

    Thankfully, now Jason and his family will have a safe and healthy crawl space!

  • CleanSpace Added to Troy, IL Crawl Space
    Before
    CleanSpace Added to Troy, IL Crawl Space
    After

    A homeowner in Troy, Illinois had a dirty, musty crawl space that need to be repaired, so they called Woods Basement Systems. Upon further inspection, systems design specialist, John S. recommended installing a CleanSpace encapsulation system to fix this crawl space.

    Now this homeowner will have a clean, healthy crawl space.

  • CleanSpace Keeps Crawl Space Dry in O'Fallon, IL
    Before
    CleanSpace Keeps Crawl Space Dry in O'Fallon, IL
    After

    Michelle O. of O’Fallon, IL had a moisture and humidity problem in her crawl space. High humidity and repeated water intrusion was rotting her wooden floor joists and rusting the metal pipes that ran through her crawl space. The flimsy plastic liner she had in the space bunched and did nothing to prevent moisture from getting into the crawl space so she called Woods Basement Systems. Woods recommended a crawl space encapsulation system.

    Woods installed CleanSpace over the foundation walls, columns and floors of the crawlspace. CleanSpace is a 20 mil thick, durable plastic moisture barrier. It prevents moisture from entering the crawl space to keep it dry and usable. It’s mold resistant and maximizes available light within the crawlspace due to its bright white color.

  • Waterproofing in Freeburg, Illinois
    Before
    Waterproofing in Freeburg, Illinois
    After

    Chris S. of Freeburg, Illinois had water leaking into his basement, so he decided to call Woods Basement Systems for help. Systems design specialist, John S. found a solution and recommended installing a TripleSafe sump pump and WaterGuard.

    Foreman, Greg H. installed the products. The TripleSafe sump pump uses its three-in-one system to keep your home dry which includes a primary pump, a secondary pump, and a backup battery-powered pump. WaterGuard is installed in the perimeter of the basement and it collects water that seeps through basement walls and guides it to the sump pump to be removed from the home.

    Now Chris S. has a dry basement. 

  • Unstable Wall in Freeburg, IL Restored by Geo-Locks
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    Unstable Wall in Freeburg, IL Restored by Geo-Locks
    After

    This Freeburg, Illinois home had a basement wall that had continued to settle and experience failure. Team Woods investigated the space to find an optimal solution for the homeowner and recommended installing Geo-Lock wall anchors into the troubled wall. The homeowner agreed, allowing Team Woods to repair the wall and protect and maintain the stability of his home for many more years to come!

     

  • TripleSafe Installed in Glen Carbon, Illinois
    Before
    TripleSafe Installed in Glen Carbon, Illinois
    After

    Brian B. of Glen Carbon, Illinois had a leak due to an old sump pump, so he called Woods Basement Systems for help. Systems design specialist, John S. recommended installing a TripleSafe sump pump and WaterGuard. 

    Foreman, Tyler S. installed the products. The TripleSafe sump pump use a primary pump, secondary pump,and a battery-powered backup pump to fully protect your home all year round. WaterGuard is installed in the perimeter of the basement floor to collect water that seeps through basement walls. It then takes the collected water and guides it to the sump pump to be removed from the home. 

    Now Brian B. has a dry basement.

  • Waterproofing Job in Edwardsville, Illinois
    Before
    Waterproofing Job in Edwardsville, Illinois
    After

    William and Angela M. had a leak in their basement, so they called Woods Basement Systems. Systems design specialist, John S. found a solution and recommended installing a TripleSafe sump pump,CleanSpace, and WaterGuard. 

    Foreman, Donald A. installed the products. The TripleSafe sump pump is guaranteed to keep your home dry with its primary pump, secondary pump, and backup battery-powered pump. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier used to collect water that seeps through basement walls. It is made of inorganic materials, so it will not support mold growth. WaterGuard takes the water CleanSpace has collected and guides it to the sump pump where it can be removed from the home. 

    Now William and Angela M. have a dry basement. 

  • TrenchDrain Installed In Moro, Illinois
    Before
    TrenchDrain Installed In Moro, Illinois
    After

    Cyntia Hl of Moro, Illinois discovered water pooled around the hot water heater in her basement. In addition to water coming into her basement where the floor meets the wall, the water around the hot water heater risked damanging her valuables. System Design Speciaist John S. designed a solution to keep the basement dry.

    In addition to installing a waterproofing system, Foreman Jose L. and his team installed a trench drain around the hot water heater to capture water and guide it to the TripleSafe sump pump system. 

  • WaterGuard Protects Moro, Illinois Basement
    Before
    WaterGuard Protects Moro, Illinois Basement
    After

    Moro, Illinois homeowner Cynthia H. was troubled by water leaking into her basement where the floor meets the wall. The water created a musty environment and risked damaging her belongings store in the basement. To waterproof the basement, System Design Specialist John S. designed a solution.

    Foreman Jose L. installed WaterGuard, a perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard collects and guides water to the TripleSafe sump pump system. TripleSafe is equipped with three pumps to ensure the basement stays dry all the time.

  • Wet Crawl Space Resolved in Swansea, IL
    Before
    Wet Crawl Space Resolved in Swansea, IL
    After

    Michael had two crawl spaces that were both experiencing a moisture problem on his home. He gave Woods Basement Systems a call and System Design Specialist John S. developed a plan to get the space dry. 

    Foreman James L. and his crew were able to install Vent Covers, CleanSpace with drainage matting, Rim Joist Spray Foam, and a SmartPump sump pump. At the core of this system, the CleanSpace with drainage matting is an inorganic, anti-microbial vapor barrier. It is designed to redirect water vapor from the dirt and that comes through the porous walls to the sump pump. It also will fight mold by cutting of the food source for the spores. 

    With the whole system, Michael now has two crawl spaces that he can use for storage and that have cleaner air to increase the air quality of his whole home. 

  • Rim Joist Spray Foam in Swansea, IL Crawl Space
    Before
    Rim Joist Spray Foam in Swansea, IL Crawl Space
    After

    Michael had two crawl spaces that were both experiencing a moisture problem on his home. He gave Woods Basement Systems a call and System Design Specialist John S. developed a plan to get the space dry. 

    Foreman James L. and his crew were able to install Vent Covers, CleanSpace with drainage matting, Rim Joist Spray Foam, and a SmartPump sump pump. The Rim Joist Spray Foam is a game changer in air quality. The Rim Joist is a joint at the top of the wall that connects the floors above to the foundation walls. This is usually wood and can be damaged overtime by bugs, water, and mold. Gaps then form allowing for air and moisture transfer. By using spray foam, we can get into the gaps and cracks for a superior coverage and barrier. 

    With the whole system, Michael now has two crawl spaces that he can use for storage and that have cleaner air to increase the air quality of his whole home. 

  • Trench Drain in Cottage Hills, Illinois
    Before
    Trench Drain in Cottage Hills, Illinois
    After

    Robert and Shirley M. of Cottage Hils, Illinois were troubled by water leaking into their garage. Because of the steep grade of their driveway, water easily flowed into their garage.

    Foreman Ryan L. installed a trench drain. The trench drain collects water before it can enter further into the garage. The drain then guides the water away from the home. Robert and Shirley are glad the water will stay away.

  • TripleSafe Installed in Cottage Hills, Illinois Basement
    Before
    TripleSafe Installed in Cottage Hills, Illinois Basement
    After

    Robert and Shirley M. of Cottage Hills, Illinois were troubled with water leaking into their basement where the floor meets the wall. The water seepage caused mold and risked damaging their valuables. System design specialist John S. designed a solution.

    TripleSafe was installed by foreman Ryan L. TripleSafe is equipped with a main pump, backup pump and battery-powered pump to ensure the basement stays dry.

  • WaterGuard Installed in Cottage Hills, Illinois
    Before
    WaterGuard Installed in Cottage Hills, Illinois
    After

    Cottage Hills, Illinois residents Robert and Shirley M. were troubled by water leaking into their basement where the floor meets the wall. The water caused mold and risked damaging their valuables. System design specialist John S. designed a solution.

    WaterGuard was installed by foreman Ryan L. WaterGuard collects and guides water to the TripleSafe sump pump system. With this waterproofing solution, Robert and Shirley's basement will stay dry.

  • CleanSpace Installation in Red Bud, IL Crawl Space
    Before
    CleanSpace Installation in Red Bud, IL Crawl Space
    After

    Lanetta A. was surprised when she discovered water was entering her home's crawl space after big rain storms. She knew standing water could cause problems such as rotting and mold growth, so she called Woods Basement Systems.

    Design specialist John S. assessed the problem and decided the best solution was to install a CleanSpace encapsulation system, a SmartPipe drainage system, a SmartSump sump pump, and a Sanidry Sedona dehumidifier. Foreman James L. then headed to the home to start the job.

    The CleanSpace encapsulation system was placed on the floors and up the walls of the crawl space. This heavy duty and durable liner acts as a vapor barrier and drains any leaks that might occur behind the CleanSpace.

  • Foundation Walls Permanently Stabilized by Geo-Lock Wall Anchors in Granite City, IL
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    Foundation Walls Permanently Stabilized by Geo-Lock Wall Anchors in Granite City, IL
    After

    Richard B. of Granite City, IL had tried patching the cracks in their foundation walls but new ones kept forming. He was worried that might mean there was a larger underlying issue so he called Woods Basement Systems. Woods recommended installing Geo-Lock Wall Anchors.

    The Geo-Lock Wall Anchors that were installed along the crack walls will permanently stabilize the walls in position by counteracting pressure on the outside of the walls that causes cracking and tilting. Over time, the walls can be straightened by tightening them during dry periods.

  • CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation in Granite City, Illinois
    Before
    CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation in Granite City, Illinois
    After

    Ray and Pamela R., Granite City, Illinois homeowners, were troubled by their wet, musty crawl space. Water seepage caused mold. Mold is an allergen to most people and can be harmful to the home's structure. System design specialist John S. designed a solution.

    Foreman Josh B. installed the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is an inorganic vapor barrier. It prevents water from entering the crawl space and does not support mold growth. SaniDry, an energy-efficient dehumidifier, was also installed. Keeping the humidity low prevents mold growth.

    Ray and Pamela are pleased to have a restored crawl space that they know will stay dry.

  • CleanSpace Installation in Bevo Mill, MO
    Before
    CleanSpace Installation in Bevo Mill, MO
    After

    Mark S. of Bevo Mill, Missouri was shocked when he discoved that his home's crawl space was holding water. He knew that standing water could cause problems such as rotting and mold growth, so he called Woods Basement Systems for help.

    Design specialist John S. assessed the situation and decided the best solution was to install a CleanSpace encapsulation system, a SmartSump sump pump, a SmartPipe drainage system, and a Sanidry Sedona. Foreman Brett J. then headed to the home to get the job started. The CleanSpace encapsulation system, pictured above, is a durable liner that is placed on the floor and up the walls of the crawl space. It acts as a vapor barrier and completely seals the crawl space from the ground below.

    Mark S. no longer has to worry about water flooding his crawl space and causing more problems. He now has a dry and waterproof crawl space.

  • Total Basement Finishing in St. Louis, MO
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    Total Basement Finishing in St. Louis, MO
    After

    The drywall in this St. Louis, MO basement was damaged due to moisture. The drywall was removed and replaced with the EverLast Wall from Total Basement Finishing. Woods also installed a SaniDry Dehumidifier to reduce the overall moisture and make the basement more comfortable. 

  • CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System Installed in Kirkwood, Missouri
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    CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System Installed in Kirkwood, Missouri
    After

    The Kirkwood, Missouri YMCA had a musty, moldy crawl space. Mold is an allergen and can be hazardous to the health of many people. John S., system design specialist, designed a solution to waterproof the crawl space. 

    Foreman Jose L. installed the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is an inorganic vapor barrier, so it does not support mold growth. 

  • PowerBrace Supports Kirkwood, Missouri YMCA Foundation Walls
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    PowerBrace Supports Kirkwood, Missouri YMCA Foundation Walls
    After

    The Kirkwood, Missouri YMCA owners discovered cracks in the foundation walls. After further inspection, system design specialist John S. found that the walls were bowing under pressure. Increased water pressure in the soil caused the walls to bow inward. 

    Foreman Jose L. installed PowerBrace. PowerBrace works to restore the walls to their original position. The galvanized steel I-beams provide support for the foundation walls. 

  • TripleSafe Sump Pump Installation in Kirkwood, Missouri
    Before
    TripleSafe Sump Pump Installation in Kirkwood, Missouri
    After

    Water seeped into the Kirkwood, Missouri YMCA's basement where the floor meets the wall. The water created a musty, moldy environment. System design speciliast John S. designed a solution to waterproof the basement.

    Foreman Jose L. installed WaterGuard, a perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard collects and guides water to the TripleSafe sump pump system. TripleSafe is equipped with a main pump, backup pump, and battery-powered pump to ensure the basement stays dry.

  • CleanSpace Installation in Westwood, MO
    Before
    CleanSpace Installation in Westwood, MO
    After

    Judy P. of Westwood, Missouri discovered water was collecting in her home's crawl space every time it stormed. She knew standing water could cause mold growth and rotting, so she called Woods Basement Systems.

    Design specialist John S. assessed the situation and decided the best option was to install a CleanSpace encapsulation system, a SmartPipe drainage system, a SmartSump sump pump, and a Sanidry Sedona dehumidifier. Foreman Brett J. then head to the home to get the job started.

    The CleanSpace encapsulation system, pictured above, is a durable liner that was placed on the floor and up the walls of the crawl space. It acts as a vapor barrier and drains leaks that may occur behind it. 

    Judy P. no longer has to worry about her home's crawl space flooding after big storms. Her home now has a waterproof and dry crawl space.

  • Maryland Heights, MO Basement Protected with TripleSafe Sump Pump
    Before
    Maryland Heights, MO Basement Protected with TripleSafe Sump Pump
    After

    Maryland Heights, MO homeowner Jeremy S. had water coming into his basement around the perimeter where the floor meets the wall. He contacted Woods Basement Systems to get a free estimate on his basement. 

    Design specialist John S. evaluated the basement and suggested a full perimeter waterproofing system as well as a sump pump system.

    Jose L. and his crew installed the WaterGuard around the interior perimeter of the basement as well as the TripleSafe sump pump with a primary, secondary, and battery backup pump. Also installed was the IceGuard to prevent backup of water in the basement in the case of frozen or clogged discharge lines.

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