Pete Westera

Basement Systems USA

Title: Owner

Pete Westera from Basement Systems USA

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.

 

 

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  • By Mark M.
    Bear, DE

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    By Mark M.
    Bear, DE

  • By Andrew L.
    Wilmington, DE

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    By Andrew L.
    Wilmington, DE

  • By Matt R.
    West Chester, PA

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    By Matt R.
    West Chester, PA

Testimonials
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  • "I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service we have been given over the years..." Read Full Testimonial

    Martha -. of Towson, MD

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              I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service we have been given over the years. This past year you have investigated and corrected over ten separate flooding situations in the basements of our community. Your service is prompt and professional. As a property manager, it is a pleasure to call unit owners to follow up on your work. I have yet to receive a complaint.
    Martha -.
    Towson, MD
  • "I cannot recommend Pete highly enough. Thank you for being the kind of company that employs such people." Read Full Testimonial

    Judy B. of White Marsh, MD

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              Dear Sirs, I have written this letter to tell you how much I appreciate your employee Pete Westera, and therefore your company. I first phoned Basement Systems about two years ago. he came to my home, assessed the situation, and made his recommendations. He explained very well - so clearly, with all the details, and no sales pressure. I was not an easy sell, but he was always very courteous and helpful when I phoned for more facts and for the names of local customers. This summer, I phoned to ask him about an Ultrasump. Again he was patient and very imofrmative. After my husband also talked thim, we decided to get this pump. Pete installed it, and did the annual check-up and service at the same time. He told me of ways I could improve my situation with a sincere interest in amking my absement as dry as possible, and a strong belief in your products. I cannot recommend him highly enough. thank you for being the kind of company that employs such people. Yours Truly, Judy B.
    Judy B.
    White Marsh, MD
  • "Mr. Van Luven has demonstrated outstanding knowlege in carrying out his work." Read Full Testimonial

    Mahfuz M. of Joppa, MD

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              To Pete Westera President of Basement Systems USA, I am writing to express my appreciation for the excellent service provided by Mr. Reuben Van Leuven, in fixing our basement problem. Mr. Van Luven has demonstrated outstanding knowlege and skill in carrying out his work assignment. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions in a frendly and professional manner. Please also excend my thanks for Mr. Jan Huizer in identifying the basement problem and recommending a solution. Please accept my thanks in advance for personally commending Mr. Leuvan. Sincerely, Mahfuz
    Mahfuz M.
    Joppa, MD
  • "I can't wait to be able to use my basement as part of my home for once rather than just avoid it or use it..." Read Full Testimonial

    Stacey M. of Bel Air, MD

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              I just wanted to commend Basement Systems USA for a wonderful start! Your guys are here now at my home in Bel Air and they arrived on-time and have been nothing but courteous and professional. They're as clean and quiet as they can possibly be with the drilling and demo and they even helped my boyfriend move a stinky couch from the basement before they got started. I can't wait to be able to use my basement as part of my home for once rather than just avoid it or use it just for storage. Thank you and thanks to Pete (owner) and Tim Schlegel (inspector) for a wonderful start to this major work being done to my home. Sincerely, Stacey M.
    Stacey M.
    Bel Air, MD
  • "Very impressed with the job your crew did on my basement." Read Full Testimonial

    Bob L. of Newark, DE

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              Dear Pete, I am writing this letter to let you know I am very impressed with the job your crew did on my basement. They worked neatly and professionally throughout the entire duration of this job. They took the time to explain every detail to me, as well as answer all of my questions...I probably asked way to many!! I have 100 employees that report to me and I always enjoy when a customer goes out of his or her way to let me know they were impressed with our service. I am sure you feel the same way! Thanks again for the great work. Bob L.
    Bob L.
    Newark, DE
  • "Perfect in every way" Read Full Testimonial

    Matt R. of West Chester, PA

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              Very professional throughout the process – from the initial phone call all the way to the follow up call after I had work done. Pete, the owner came out and spent a long time going through the options and ideas. Based upon this meeting, I can see how he has built a first-class operation. Perfect in every way. I decided to have them install a dehumidification system. Jorge, the installer was great - very professional. Explained what he was doing, cleaned up after himself, took the time to explain how the unit works and let me know how to use it. Really a nice guy. I would recommend them to anyone.Very professional throughout the process – from the initial phone call all the way to the follow up call after I had work done. Pete, the owner came out and spent a long time going through the options and ideas. Based upon this meeting, I can see how he has built a first-class operation. Perfect in every way. I decided to have them install a dehumidification system. Jorge, the installer was great - very professional. Explained what he was doing, cleaned up after himself, took the time to explain how the unit works and let me know how to use it. Really a nice guy. I would recommend them to anyone.
    Matt R.
    West Chester, PA
  • "...I would recommend your company to anyone who is looking into having a waterproofing system installed.." Read Full Testimonial

    Roger of Havertown, PA

    Customer Testimonial

              Your sales representative arrived promptly and his honesty alone set him apart from the rest of the salesmen. The technical installation crew did the work in a very professional manner. After the work was done, our basement was left cleaner by the crew than when they started. VERY professional in all aspects. I would recommend your company to anyone who is looking into having a waterproofing system installed...[your sales representative] gave technical expertise in recommending what way to go about solving the water problem.
    Roger
    Havertown, PA
  • "Peter, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your crew who worked on my basement. They were..." Read Full Testimonial

    Eileen of Philadelphia, PA

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              I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your crew who worked on my basement. They were all conscientious and hard-working throughout the project. I would especially like to comment K.C. He paid attention to detail and really took pride in his work. Mr Harris, the inspector from the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia, also commented on the good work performed by K.C., who was putting the finishing touches on the job when he came through my home. Again, all of your crew did a great job and turned my basement into a room I will enjoy for a long time to come. Thank you, Eileen
    Eileen
    Philadelphia, PA
  • "I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate Pete Westera" Read Full Testimonial

    Judy B. of Hopewell, NJ

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              I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate Pete Westera. He came to my home and made recommendations clearly, with detail and no sales pressure. After we decided to get the ultra sump he came back out installed it as well as did the annual maintenance and service at the same time. Thank you for being the kind of company that employs such people.
    Judy B.
    Hopewell, NJ
Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Baltimore Finished Basement Mold Problem Solved
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    Baltimore Finished Basement Mold Problem Solved
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    Baltimore Finished Basement Mold Problem Solved

    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.  

  • Baltimore Basement Waterproofing
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    Baltimore Basement Waterproofing
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    Baltimore Basement Waterproofing

    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 EverlastWall was used to make the basement look beautiful again.  EverlastWall 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 the is no chance of water or mold damage in the future. Another job done right. 

  • Baltimore City, MD Crawl Space Repair
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    Baltimore City, MD Crawl Space Repair
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    Baltimore City, MD Crawl Space Repair

    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. 

  • Baltimore, MD Basement Window Well Replaced
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    Baltimore, MD Basement Window Well Replaced
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    Baltimore, MD Basement Window Well Replaced

    This old, cold, and leaking window needed to be replaced with a new high efficient vynel window.  We also installed a WellDuct window well drain in the window well outside.  This drian is connected into the interior Waterguard systems to prevent window well flooding.  We also wanted to prevent vapour transmision, so the ThermalWall vapor barrier was installed. Thermal Wall also reflects up to 97% of the heat back into the basement.  

  • Baltimore, MD Rowhome Basement Flooded, Now Dry
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    Baltimore, MD Rowhome Basement Flooded, Now Dry
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    Baltimore, MD Rowhome Basement Flooded, Now Dry

    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.

  • Cockeysville, MD Sump Pump Installation
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    Cockeysville, MD Sump Pump Installation
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    Cockeysville, MD Sump Pump Installation

    We upgrades this old sump with our SuperSump System.  It includes a Zoeller M53 pump that pumps up to 2300 gallons per our, an airtight lid complete with a smart drain that block air but lets water in, and a WaterWatch alarm that will monitor the pump.  

  • Joppa, MD Basement Waterproofing and Mold Remediation
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    Joppa, MD Basement Waterproofing and Mold Remediation
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    Joppa, MD Basement Waterproofing and Mold Remediation

    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.

  • Egress window well in Bel Air, MD
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    Egress window well in Bel Air, MD
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    Egress window well in Bel Air, MD

    This customer wanted to have a code approved Egress Window well installed in their home so the basement could be finished and used. 

    We used an Egress Rockwell system to because it if by far the best Egress window well system available on the market.   We also installed a WellDuct window well drain to guarantee that the water in the window well will never flood into the basement.   

  • Elkton Bowing Foundation Wall Repair
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    Elkton Bowing Foundation Wall Repair
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    Elkton Bowing Foundation Wall Repair

    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. Each anchor is attached to a 9-foot threaded rod that extends into the exterior soil, away from the house. This rod is attached to an exterior anchor plate. With the interior bolts that are placed on threaded rod are tightened, it creates reverse pleasure. This home in Elkton needed 10 anchors to repair the wall. 

  • Renovated Basement Stairs in New Castle, DE
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    Renovated Basement Stairs in New Castle, DE
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    Renovated Basement Stairs in New Castle, DE

    This homeowner was looking to camouflage a set of stairs in their newly finished basement. We think the outcome is awesome!

  • Wilmington, DE Moldy Crawl Space Repaired
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    Wilmington, DE Moldy Crawl Space Repaired
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    Wilmington, DE Moldy Crawl Space Repaired

    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. 

  • Philadelphia Rowhome Basement Transformed
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    Philadelphia Rowhome Basement Transformed
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    Philadelphia Rowhome Basement Transformed

    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. 

     

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Our Locations:

Basement Systems USA
2092 East Old Philadelphia Road
Elkton, MD 21921
1-410-858-4610


Basement Systems USA
3000 Woods End Dr
Joppa, MD 21085
1-410-656-2558