Customer Reviews
About Me
  • By Lisa J.
    Rantoul, IL

    "Ryan, Larry and Chris installed the Waterguard system in matter of hours. They were professional, helpful and efficient. Great..."

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    By Lisa J.
    Rantoul, IL

    Ryan, Larry and Chris installed the Waterguard system in matter of hours. They were professional, helpful and efficient. Great crew, great job! Andrew came out for the Poly-level. Worked extra to keep on schedule due to a co worker absence. Thank you for working long hours to keep my projects and yours on schedule.

  • By Dan H.
    Kinmundy, IL

    "Installation by Chris and Will was super. Very courteous and experienced at egress window installation. Please thank them again..."

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    By Dan H.
    Kinmundy, IL

    Installation by Chris and Will was super. Very courteous and experienced at egress window installation. Please thank them again for me.

  • By Mike B.
    Roxana, IL

    "Follow up visit from Chris to address installation issues was timely and extremely effective."

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    By Mike B.
    Roxana, IL

    Follow up visit from Chris to address installation issues was timely and extremely effective.

  • By Ted M.
    Smithton, IL

    "Chris Blickenstaff is both a very talented leader and technician. He understands clearly what right should look like and sets the..."

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    By Ted M.
    Smithton, IL

    Chris Blickenstaff is both a very talented leader and technician. He understands clearly what right should look like and sets the example for his teams both on task and in his directions. We had very extensive and varied exterior residence work performed over two phases in both March and September 2015 - precisely timely, professionally and thoughtfully. Thank You from our family!

  • By Donald S.
    Columbia, IL

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    By Donald S.
    Columbia, IL

  • By Robert G.
    St Louis, MO

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    By Robert G.
    St Louis, MO

  • By Debbie S.
    St. Louis, MO

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    By Debbie S.
    St. Louis, MO

  • By Jerre B.
    Florissant, MO

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    By Jerre B.
    Florissant, MO

  • By James H.
    Steelville, MO

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    Steelville, MO

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "You are truly a company that stands behind your work." Read Full Testimonial

    Karen V. of Springfield, IL

    Customer Testimonial

              I am more than amazed and proud of the work that was done had my home today. You are truly a company that stands behind your work. Now that I see that, I am interested in having more work done by your company. I feel that I can't say enough good things about you guys. I want Mason's crew and Chris to know that they went above and beyond to make sure I was happy.
    Karen V.
    Springfield, IL
  • "...your workmen are as polite and thorough as can be!" Read Full Testimonial

    Frankie B. of O'Fallon, MO

    Customer Testimonial

              Thank you for fixing our driveway again:-)And as always, your workmen are as polite and thorough as can be!
    Frankie B.
    O'Fallon, MO

Chris Blickenstaff from Woods Basement Systems, Inc.

Title: Field Supervisor

Hometown: Collinsville, IL

Chris Blickenstaff from Woods Basement Systems, Inc.

NRD Indoor Air Quality SpecialistChris has had the pleasure of working with Woods Basement Systems, Inc. for over 22 years. 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 Field Supervisor 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.

Technical Papers I'd like to share with you:

  • Ask The Expert: Can my bowing basement wall be saved?
    Ask The Expert: Can my bowing basement wall be saved?
    Thursday, Aug 8th, 2013
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Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Waterproofing in Kinmundy, Illinois
    Before
    Waterproofing in Kinmundy, Illinois
    After

    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. 

  • Cracked Foundation Walls Secured in Frohna, MO
    Before
    Cracked Foundation Walls Secured in Frohna, MO
    After

    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! 

  • Basement Egress Windows in Collinsville, IL
    Before
    Basement Egress Windows in Collinsville, IL
    After

    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.

  • Basement Egress Window Brightens Collinsville, IL Basement
    Before
    Basement Egress Window Brightens Collinsville, IL Basement
    After

    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.

  • Exterior Sump Pump and Sill Plate Drainage in Mehlville, MO
    Before
    Exterior Sump Pump and Sill Plate Drainage in Mehlville, MO
    After

    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. 

  • SunHouse Window Well Installed in Affton, MO
    Before
    SunHouse Window Well Installed in Affton, MO
    After

    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! 

  • Waterproofing in St. Louis, Missouri Home
    Before
    Waterproofing in St. Louis, Missouri Home
    After

    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. 

  • No-Sag, Mold-Resistant Basement Ceiling in Kirkwood, MO
    Before
    No-Sag, Mold-Resistant Basement Ceiling in Kirkwood, MO
    After

    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.

  • Basement Bathroom Remodel in Kirkwood, MO
    Before
    Basement Bathroom Remodel in Kirkwood, MO
    After

    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.

  • Bright Basement Utility Room in Kirkwood
    Before
    Bright Basement Utility Room in Kirkwood
    After

    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.

  • TripleSafe™Sump Pump and Crack Repair
    Before
    TripleSafe™Sump Pump and Crack Repair
    After

    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.

  • PolyLevel Repairs Cracked Garage Floor in Ballwin, MO
    Before
    PolyLevel Repairs Cracked Garage Floor in Ballwin, MO
    After

    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.

  • PolyLevel Lifts Pool Deck in O'Fallon, Illinois
    Before
    PolyLevel Lifts Pool Deck in O'Fallon, Illinois
    After

    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. 

  • PolyLevel Restores Shiloh, Illinois Manholes
    Before
    PolyLevel Restores Shiloh, Illinois Manholes
    After

    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.

Company news I'd like to share with you:

  • Thank You from a Ladue, MO Customer
    Thank You from a Ladue, MO Customer
    Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2013
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  • National Radon Defense Recognizes Two Woods Radon Mitigation Specialists
    National Radon Defense Recognizes Two Woods Radon Mitigation Specialists
    Friday, Jul 26th, 2013
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Our Locations:

Woods Basement Systems, Inc.
524 Vandalia Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
1-618-708-4055