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Chris has had the pleasure of working with Woods Basement Systems, Inc. since 1998. During this time, he has gained many certifications with the company, including those in OSHA, Foundation Footwork Repairs, Basement Waterproofing, and radon licensing for Illinois.
Chris's duties as a Production Manager include being responsible for quality service checks on equipment and managing commercial job projects. He loves interacting with customers and helping them meet their project goals.
Chris is always on the road, but when he can squeeze it in, he loves to hunt and fish in his free time.
Patricia G. of Kinmundy, Illinois had a large crack in her foundation wall that was letting in water, so she decided to call Woods Basement Systems fo help. Systems design specialist, Luke B. found a solution and recommended installing a TripleSafe sump pump, CleanSpace, and WaterGuard.
Foreman, Christopher B. installed the products. The TripleSafe sump pump uses a primary pump, a secondary pump, and a backup battery-powered pump, so your home is guaranteed to stay dry. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier that is attached to the foundation walls to collect water that seeps through. WaterGuard is located below the Cleanspace around the perimeter of the basement floor in order for it take the water that was collected and guide it to the sump pump.
Now Patricia G. has a dry basement.
Jean W. of Pana, Illinois was concerned with the large horizontal crack growing under her window in the wall of her basement. So, she decided to call Woods Basement Systems. We came up with a solution for her foundation problem to fix her leaning wall.
Foreman Miguel Ortiz installed a Geo-Lock Wall Anchor, shown above, in Jean's basement. The Wall Anchors will provide stability and support to straighten her failed wall. Permanently straightening the walls back to their original position. Jean will no longer have to worry about her walls and foundation caving in.
In the before photo you can see a diagonal crack starting at the corner of the basement window. That is a clear sign of foundation settlement. If this problem were to go untreated, the wall could cave in leaving the home above unsupported. Knowing this was a serious problem these homeowners called Woods Basement Systems for a free estimate to correct the issue. After inspecting the home, our system design specialist was able to create a custom solution to permanently correct the problem. In the after photo you can see one of the Geo-Lock wall anchors that were installed to secure this basement. A total of seven anchors through out the basement was needed to properly stop any further settlement. These Frohna homeowners now have peace-of-mind that the full value of their home has been restored!
NOTE: This egress window installation was completed in the middle of winter, which explains the not-as-vibrant lawn in the after photo.
These Collinsville, Illinois homeowners were planning on finishing their basement and wanted to install a basement egress window to allow more natural light into the new space and meet munipals codes for basement exits.
Woods Basement Systems installed the RockWell Egress Window to add a beautiful, textured window well to compliment the finished space. To comply with city inspector requirements, the crew also installed a metal grate to cover the egress window well on the exterior.
This Collinsville, Illinois basement was once dimly-lit and barely used (besides storage) before Woods Basement Systems installed an egress window and finished the basement.
The crew removed the middle of three basement windows and replaced it with a RockWell window well and egress window. The result is a much brighter room, and the homeowners gained additional living space after the crew remodeled the basement with waterproof Total Basement Finishing materials.
Many of this Waterloo, Illinois home's basement walls were badly cracked and bowing due to many years of heavy pressure from the outside soil. The homeowners were concerned about the possibility of a total wall collapse, and they called Woods Basement Systems for help. In order to reinforce the walls, several GeoLock wall supports were installed. These work by connecting heavy anchors buried in the firm soil far from the home to steel plates affixed to the surface of the damaged walls, effectively pulling them outward over time.
Joan, a Mehlville, Missouri homeowner, was experiencing new problems with a wet basement. She had worked with Woods Basement Systems before to install a sump pump so, she gave Woods a call. System Design Specialist Clint W. determined this time the problem was exterior and developed an ideal plan for Joan.
Foreman Greg H. and his crew installed an exterior sump pump and sill plate drainage. The sill plate is the meeting place of the foundation and the floor joist. This creates a gap and leaves a place for pooled water to enter the structure. Although landscaping normally leads away from the building, overtime the landscaping can build up around the home.
By putting in sill plate drainage and rocks we can redirect the water away from the foundation. Burying the downspouts and leading them away from the home is also a good way to avoid water from pooling near the foundation.
The exterior sump pump was added because we could not lead the discharge line far enough away. The sump pump forces the water away.
Joan can now enjoy her dry basement and have peace of mind the Woods is always there to keep her home comfortable.
In the before photo you can see the window well of this Affton, MO home just after removing the cover, which you can see is sitting off to the side in the bottom left corner. Obviously this well and cover were not up to the task of keeping water and debris out of the well, which means water was able to leak into the basement. These homeowners called Woods Basement Systems to upgrade their window well and get it waterproofed once and for all. In the after photo you can see our SunHouse window well which has a water tight cover that will keep moisture and debris out of the basement permanently!
Dan A. of St. Louis, Missouri had a leaky basement, so he decided to call Woods Basement Systems for a solution. Systems design specialist, David G. recommended installing a TripleSafe sump pump, CleanSpace and WaterGuard.
Foreman, Christopher B. installed the products. The TripleSafe sump pump uses a primary pump, secondary pump, and a battery=powered backup pump to protect your home. CleanSpace is a vapor barrier made of inorganic materials and is used to collect water that seeps through basement walls. The WaterGuard is installed in the perimeter of the basement floor and it takes the collected water and guides it to the sump pump to be removed from the home.
Now Dan A. has a dry, safe basement.
Total Basement Finishing's drop-ceiling tiles are made specifically for basement environments. They are built for long-lasting beauty, and these tiles are warranted to be non-sagging and mold resistant.
Both drop ceiling styles—prestige or linen—are hung from suspended framing, with a stylish crown molding installed along the perimeter. Forget about ugly edges along the basement walls that traditional ceiling tile designs sometimes have! Total Basement Finishing drop ceiling tiles are simply beautiful.
These photos from a basement remodeling project in Kirkwood, Missouri illustrate just how possible it is to add a finished bathroom to your unfinished basement. Replacement windows let more natural light into the basement space, and the waterproof basement finishing materials don't encourage mold growth in the event of a plumbing leak.
Why do laundry in a dark, damp basement with cold floors? These Kirkwood, Missouri homeowners decided to remodel their utility space in the process of finishing their basement.
The installed ThermalDry flooring alone makes a 10 to 15 degree difference for the person standing on the basement floor while doing laundry. The insulated EverLast Wall system is a bright, neutral color that helps natural light from basement window and can lights above to fill the basement space. And the no-sag drop ceiling looks great now and years later.
Who knew a basement laundry room could be this warm and inviting? Not to mention the furnishings.
As the homeowner started to finish their basement and working so closely with the basement walls, face to face so to speak, they noticed several cracks. They wisely decided to seal the cracks so they would not have a leaky basement years later from the cracks. Additionally, they decided to upgrade their sump pump to the TripleSafe with a battery back-up sump pump to help protect their investment in the finished basement. The sump pump photos are included.
This homeowner wanted to even out and fill in cracks in their concrete garage floor. System Design Specialist Brenton K. from Woods Basement Systems gave them a free estimate on an innovative, long-lasting solution.
Team Woods injected PolyLevel into the cracks for a quick, highly effective application to fill the cracks. PolyLevel is an advanced polymer solution designed to provide instant, reliable support without the hassle or invasiveness of conventional jacking.
Terry of O'Fallon, Illinois had sinking concrete around his pool, so he called Woods Basement Systems fro help. Systems design specialist, Barry C. recommended installing PolyLevel for the job.
Foreman, Christopher B. installed the product.PolyLevel is used to permanently lift and stabilize sinking concrete slabs and it is made of a polyurethane formula, or foam. How it works is first, small holes are drilled into the concrete. Then the polymer is injected into the void and within 15 minutes of installation the concrete can be used again.
Now Terry C. can safely swim and walk around his pool.
This Fulton, Missouri home's basement walls were badly cracked and slightly bowing. The homeowner was concerned that allowing these cracks to go unaddressed much longer would have severe consequences, so he called Woods Basement Systems. A Woods team installed several GeoLock wall anchors on the cracking walls to support them and pull them outward over time.
The Shiloh, Illinois township discovered that many of their sidewalks were uneven and dangerous. Specificallty, the manholes in the sidewalks were uneven. Commercial Accounts Specialist Paul B. designed a solution to restore the manholes. He provided a demonstration for the Director of Public Works.
Field Supervisor Chris B. and his crew installed PolyLevel. PolyLevel lifts and aligns the concrete. Because it does not interact with the soil, PolyLeve is eco-friendly and long-lasting. It is lightweight, so it will not settle. PolyLevel is an efficient and economic solution to restore concrete. The sidewalks were ready to use soon after the work was completed.