About Better Basements
Better Basements is a better choice for all your foundation, basement waterproofing & basement remodeling needs in Des Moines. Better Basements’ ability to waterproof basements, replace basement foundation walls or repair foundations, along with basement remodeling are benefits to home owners because you only need one telephone number to call, one company to deal with, one install date and all your needs are met. Better Basements is your “one stop shop” for all your basement improvement needs. Learn more…
Our goal: offer a Better Product at a Better Price with a promise of Better Customer Service.
Prevention & Remodeling
- Basement Waterproofing
- Basement Remodeling
- Basement Finishing
- Daylight & Egress Windows
- Crawl Space Encapsulation
- Foundation Construction
- Sump Pumps & Battery Backups
- Our Products…
- Foundation Repair
- Wall Replacement
- Wall Cracks & Bowing
- Sinking Foundation
- Crawl Space Moisture
- Front Stoop Repair
- Other Services…
Don’t take our word for it…
"Friendly, professional, knowledgable. We felt they were almost family."
Elaine & Jim of West Des Moines, IA
Frequently Asked Questions
My basement’s never leaked before, why is it leaking now?
Over the years, dirt, tree roots and other debris may clog the exterior drain and prevent it from working properly. Even in dry times the soil can shift and crack and cause leaks. Leaks can happen in various places with various causes and fixes. It can come through wall cracks, floor cracks, basement window, even where pipes enter your home. It’s important to have a trained waterproofing specialist determine the location and the fix.
Why is my basement musty and damp when I don’t have any water coming in?
Sounds like you may need a dehumidifier? High basement/crawl space humidity can lead to; mold, dust mites and other health risks. 50% of the air in your home comes from the basement. Warm air moves upward and as it does it pulls air up from the basement. Most odors can quickly become a larger problem so controlling moisture levels can also control odors which can be accomplished with a dehumidifier that is designed for basements.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent a leaky basement?
Yes, check your gutters and downspouts to see that they are free of debris and that water moves easily. Your downspouts should dump water at least 6’ – 8’ away from the basement. It’s important that the ground slopes away from your basement. Over the years the dirt surrounding your house can settle and compact next to your basement walls which may cause the water to settle by your house. Landscape so that the soil slopes away from your basement wall. When landscaping around your house, pile the dirt high around the house for settlement but make sure the top of the foundation wall is visible. Any low areas, or pits, around your basement tend to hold water and if not taken care of may find its way into your home.
My basement window leaks and the window well fills up with water. What can you do for that?
Older steel or wood frame windows can rust or corrode over time becoming drafty and prone to leaking. Replacing the window with a vinyl window will not only look better but will be more energy efficient. For the window well, they tend to collect leaves, dirt and other debris over the years. Keep them cleaned out and filled with clean rock instead of dirt. Install a lid then drain them to daylight or your waterproofing system, if you have one. This is a service that we provide at Better Basements.
I have a high water table. My friend told me to put in a sump pump and that will lower it, is that true?
will lower it, is that true? Yes, a sump pump will help, but it can’t do the job alone! Waterproofing is actually water control and for the most part no two basements are the same. A basement specialist, like those at Better Basements, is trained to design the best waterproofing system for each basement. The water needs a path to the sump pump so that the sump pump can move the water outside of your basement. A professionally installed waterproofing system will carry the water from all around your basement taking it to the sump pump. A sump pump alone can only move water in approximately an 8’ radius around it and nothing else.
Why should I do business with Better Basements?
Call us “Old School” but we believe customer service and honesty matters! From our 1st contact with a potential customer to the final walk through after the project is complete, we do our best to be open and available if needed. Better Basements is locally owned by Suze Straw. She and her late husband, Dan, founded the company on the premise of “Giving homeowners back their living and/ or storage space.” Better Basements is now Iowa’s only female owned waterproofing company! We’re small enough to care for you yet large enough to take care of you! Why WOULDN’T you do business with Better Basements?!