Pete has been with Basement Systems since 1992. Starting as a worker when he was 17, he has been in the basement waterproofing industry for the past 27 years. Before becoming the proud owner of Basement Systems USA, he spent more than 10 years as a foreman fixing countless basements. He enjoys helping employees as well as customers with transforming their damaged basements into usable spaces they can be proud of.
Pete is a graduate of the Maryland Bible College and Seminary and enjoys gardening, playing sports and volunteering at the Church Youth Group. He also loves to spend time with his wife, Debbie and their two children, Caland and Jesse.
Water and mold destroyed this bathroom. After dealing with the source of the mold by installing waterproofing system, we renovated this horrible bathroom into a new, clean, and dry space for the customer to enjoy. In the process, we used inorganic materials so that there would be no chance of the mold coming back.
This basement was getting wet during storms which made the drywall and carpet moldy. Drywall and carpet are made of organic materials so they easily get destroyed by water and mold damage. The smell was noticeable and something had to be done.
Basement Systems USA, Inc. went in and first removed the carpet and the bottom of the moldy drywall and did some mold remediation. The next step was to install the WaterGuard drainage system around the perimeter so that the basement would no longer leak. The WaterGuard was connected to one of our SuperSump Systems which include a battery back-up pump so that the water can be pumped out even during power failures.
Once the basement is mold-free and no longer in danger from water seepage, we could start putting things back together. But we would never use organic materials like drywall or carpet to repair the basement. A special waterproof and inorganic wallboard called Everlast Walls was used to make the basement look beautiful again. Everlast Walls is made of nonorganic material and is guaranteed for 50 years against water and mold damage. We also used a special waterproof wood-look flooring so that there would be no danger of water damage.
The result is easy to see. The basement is not only dry and looks amazing, it has been repaired with the right building materials so that there is no chance of water or mold damage in the future. Another job done right.
These are before and after pictures of a church that had such a bad moisture problem in their crawlspace that rot destroyed the floor. The whole floor had to be removed, but before replacing it, the owners were smart enough to call Basement Systems USA to install a new CleanSpace system, complete with a SuperSump and SaniDry Dehumidifier so the new floor would be protected.
These are pictures of a typical city row home basement entry. The stairwells often flood because the drain is not big enough or not connected properly for an outlet. By installing proper drainage and a large TrenchDrain, the water can now be easily managed.
In this basement, the bottom of the moldy paneling was removed so that we could install WaterGuard and do mold remediation with Moldx2. After the repairs were made, we installed the inorganic TBF Everlast wall system which is guaranteed for 50 years against Mold or water damage.
Cinder block wall often fail due to the weight of the soil, the weight of the water in the soil, and the pressure created by clay expansion when it gets wet. The result is that the walls bow inward and will eventually collapse unless repaired.
The GeoLock Wall Anchor System is the best solution for bowed walls. This dead-man anchoring system is capable of reversing the pressure and stabilizing the wall. The GeoLock System has three main parts: a 9-foot threaded galvanized rod that extends out to the exterior ground anchor - a galvanized steel plus-sign-shaped plate which gets embedded in stable soil, away from the foundation of your house. The other end of the threaded rod goes through two steel channel anchors plates - one plate is attached on the exterior side of the wall, the other, in the exact location on the interior (basement) side of the wall. There is a bolt attached to the end of the rod that enters your basement. When that bolt is tightened, it creates reverse pressure and holds the wall securely in its current position. However, when the soil outside is very dry, the bolt can be tightened more to straighten the wall, and over time, the wall may straighten to its original position. Very cool indeed! This home in Elkton needed 10 anchors to repair the wall.
This homeowner was looking to camouflage a set of stairs in their newly finished basement. We think the outcome is awesome!
This tall crawlspace in Wilmington, DE had lots of problems. First there was a lot of dampness evaporating up from the floor and from the walls. This needed to be resolved by the installation of the CleanSpace vapor barrier. Second, the moisture had caused one of the joist to start rotting and deteriorating. Attempts had been made in the past to fix this, but they were insufficient. We repaired it properly using a galvanized steel I-beam with SmartJacks to properly support the joists. SmartJack come with a 25-year, transferable, nationally back, warranty.
There was also a major problem with the insulation. It had sucked up the moisture from the air and become heavy, which caused it to sag and fall. There was a lot of mold due to the fact that fiberglass insulation contains organic materials. The solution was to take it down and haul it away and replace it with SilverGlo around the perimeter. As you can see, the job turned out great and the customers were very happy.
The basement of this old Philadelphia rowhome smelled and looked like a dungeon. There was a lot of dampness and water seepage that caused mold growth. First, we remediated the mold and waterproofed the basement to make sure it wouldn’t grow back. We then used out semi modular system to finish the basement, making it into a brighter and useful space. We installed tile flooring, drop ceiling, and wall panels. The system not only looks beautiful, but it is specifically designed with inorganic material so that it is safe from water and will not support mold growth.