Northern States Basement Systems Q&A

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What to insulate crawl space with?

Don't settle for messy, inadequate fiberglass insulation in your crawl space. Let the experts at Basement Systems install the right insulation in the right location. There are different types of insulation, and each type will work well in some applications and poorly in others. Today, we know that fiberglass performs poorly when installed between crawl space joists. In fact, it often ends up as a moisture-soaked mess on the crawl space floor. Home performance experts recommend that crawl spaces be encapsulated (sealed) and insulated to help prevent mold and moisture problems, and to make the home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Three "target areas" for new crawl space insulation 

1) Rim Joist. Insulating and air-sealing this perimeter zone is important because it's a major source of air infiltrations and conductive heat loss.

2) Walls. SilverGlo rigid foam insulation is the perfect choice for insulating crawl space walls. This upgrade moves your home's thermal boundary to the foundation walls, which makes                    your home more comfortable and your HVAC System more efficient.

3) Floor. If you live in an area where the ground freezes during winter, TerraBlock crawl space floor insulation is a smart upgrade to install. It can be installed over dirt or concrete.


See your home's comfort grow and energy bills shrink! 

What's a sump pump?

A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement and crawlspace. Its job is to helo keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from flooding. Sump pumps are usually installed in specially constructed sump pits. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil. The sump pump's job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building so the basement or crawlspace stays dry. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness [source:Basement Systems]. 

Who to call for water in the basement?

Northern States Basement Systems! We are a nationally accredited company that warranties much of our work for 20+ years and are fully transferable to all future homeowners. Co-owners Dwight and Nancy are dedicated to the Basement Systems philosophy and approach to controlling water, moisture, humidity, and other crawlspace and basement problems. Thier mission is to provide high quality custom designed systems and total service to each customer within the communities they serve. 

our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Barronett
  • Birchwood
  • Brule
  • Cable
  • Comstock
  • Couderay
  • Cumberland
  • Cushing
  • Danbury
  • Drummond
  • Exeland
  • Foxboro
  • Frederic
  • Gordon
  • Grand View
  • Grantsburg
  • Hayward
  • Herbster
  • Hertel
  • Iron River
  • Lake Nebagamon
  • Luck
  • Maple
  • Mason
  • Milltown
  • Minong
  • Poplar
  • Port Wing
  • Radisson
  • Rice Lake
  • Sarona
  • Shell Lake
  • Siren
  • Solon Springs
  • South Range
  • Spooner
  • Springbrook
  • Stone Lake
  • Superior
  • Trego
  • Webster
  • Beaver Bay
  • Finland
  • Grand Marais
  • Knife River
  • Lutsen
  • Schroeder
  • Silver Bay
  • Tofte
  • Two Harbors
Our Locations:

Northern States Basement Systems
4746 Rice Lake Rd
Duluth, MN 55803
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