Sump Pumps

If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a sump pump?” then you’re lucky, because you probably don’t need one. But for the unlucky owners of wet basements, here’s the scoop: A sump pump sits in the basement, either beneath (in the case of a submersible pump) or above the floor

Why you should Waterproof your basement in the winter

Iowa Homeowners may be surprised to learn that the winter months are a great time to consider having their basement or crawl space waterproofed. Spring brings showers and showers mean moisture. At BAM Basements and Masons of Des Moines, we recommend waterproofing below-grade areas ahead of the upcoming rain and humidity! Unfortunately, if your basement …

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No More Creepy Crawl Space: here are some Reasons to Encapsulate

Cobwebs, spiders, mice, and dirt. Moisture evaporating from the ground. Outdoor air coming in through crawl space vents, old insulation. All of these things allow scary specimens like mold spores, rot, and structural deterioration to make their way into your crawl space, making it look much more creepy than clean. Bam Basements and Masons of …

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Fall Weather and its Effects on Your basement and Crawl Space

  As much as we hate to say it, summer is almost over. Where did the time go? That means fall and winter is on its way, shorter days, and colder weather. Fall brings rainy weather and moisture build-up in basements and crawl spaces. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand what annual fall maintenance …

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What to Do When there’s Water in your Basement?

It’s raining outside and you’re relaxing in the basement, you get up and notice the floors are wet. Panic sets in and what do you do? Water in the basement can lead to mold, musty smells, damaged walls and floors, and ruined furniture and belongings. It’s necessary to get rid of the water, fix underlying …

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A Finished Basement Is The Dream Of Many Homeowners

A finished basement is the dream of many homeowners. Sometimes it’s a necessity, a way to create badly needed living space for a growing family.  Other times it’s a luxury, a den, a family room, a playroom, a “man cave.” No matter what the intended use for finished basement space, the job of turning below …

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Why Is Water Coming Up Through The Basement Floor?

  One of the telltale signs of a basement water problem is stepping into a puddle on the basement floor. Of course, any water that comes into the basement for any reason – hydrostatic or lateral pressure, gutter spillover, or oversaturated soil around the foundation – or from any source – cracks, bad mortar joints …

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Benefits of Having a Dehumidifier installed

  The Hot, humid summer Des Moines air creates perfect conditions for mold and mildew growth indoors. If your home has these issues, they can trigger respiratory issues such as asthma, coughing and wheezing. Mildew and mold can also leave stains on many surfaces such as brick, ceilings, paint, wood, and walls. It is very …

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Basement Waterproofing the right way!

Waterproofing in your basement is essential if you are having water or moisture leaking into your basement. Water and moisture seeping into your basement can cause water damage that will cost you a pretty penny to clean up and fix the damage it caused. The water damage not only causes structural and foundation problems but …

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How is the Air Quality in your home?

How to tell if have poor air quality in your home When most people think of pollution they think of outside smog, ozone, and haze. What they don’t think about or may not even know, is that indoor air pollution can be worse than outdoor air. Allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are linked to …

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