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  • By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

    Customer Review

    By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

  • By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

    Customer Review

    By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

  • By Daniel Buan
    Kenyon, MN

    "The crew were amazing guys. We appreciate their willingness to help us out with whatever we asked. They are such hard workers. I..."

    Customer Review

    By Daniel Buan
    Kenyon, MN

    The crew were amazing guys. We appreciate their willingness to help us out with whatever we asked. They are such hard workers. I can't say enough good things about them. Thank you to the three men. Definitely would recommend their work to others.

  • By Jeannine H.
    Cottage Grove, MN

    Customer Review

    By Jeannine H.
    Cottage Grove, MN

  • By Billie N.
    South Saint Paul, MN

    "Better than BEST! Super guys, super job!"

    Customer Review

    By Billie N.
    South Saint Paul, MN

    Better than BEST! Super guys, super job!

  • By Carol M.
    Saint Paul, MN

    "Folks if your thinking of doing something with crawlspace or any other work in you home don't pass up this company they are..."

    Customer Review

    By Carol M.
    Saint Paul, MN

    Folks if your thinking of doing something with crawlspace or any other work in you home don't pass up this company they are outstanding. I have to say they were great form sales personal to crew that worked tirelessly. Crew was thoughtful and polite as well hard working. I have had other individuals come and checkout my crawl space and all agree money well spent. I have seen on tv other companies doing same work and it doesn't come close to the quality with this company. Expensive yes but money well worth it. Thank you for all those that came to my small home it takes a lot for me to give high ratings.. You earned them.. I wish I had done this years ago. Carol

  • By Janice Shadlow M.
    New Brighton, MN

    "Very satisfied with the work done."

    Customer Review

    By Janice Shadlow M.
    New Brighton, MN

    Very satisfied with the work done.

  • By Brad L.
    Woodbury, MN

    "Justin and his staff were great. They really cared about our home and made the extra step to keep all the rooms from getting..."

    Customer Review

    By Brad L.
    Woodbury, MN

    Justin and his staff were great. They really cared about our home and made the extra step to keep all the rooms from getting dirty etc. I was also impressed how well they all worked together.

  • By Ken T.
    Oakdale, MN

    "Rating on Angie's list is what drew me to the company. Friendliness and professionalism was the reason we moved forward with the..."

    Customer Review

    By Ken T.
    Oakdale, MN

    Rating on Angie's list is what drew me to the company. Friendliness and professionalism was the reason we moved forward with the service. Thanks!

  • By Kevin S.
    St. Paul, MN

    Customer Review

    By Kevin S.
    St. Paul, MN

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "The installation crew was very professional and explained everything about sump pumps and wall coverings in..." Read Full Testimonial

    Jerome R. of Austin, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              We have an unfinished basement that was leaking from the floor and the wall. The installation crew was very professional and explained everything about sump pumps and wall coverings in an excellent manner at the completion of the job.
    Jerome R.
    Austin, MN
  • "I am extremely satisfied with how my basement turned out." Read Full Testimonial

    Malinda J. of Kenyon, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              When Blake and his crew up he explained everything again to me and they got right work, My basement was completed in days like promised, they did wonderful job, could not have asked for better, cleaned up after they we're done, very respectful of my home and belongings. I would recommend this company to all friends and family. Blake went above and beyond even fixing a couple things extra for me. I am extremely satisfied with how my basement turned out.
    Malinda J.
    Kenyon, MN
  • "Professional, knowledgeable, courteous, great group to work with." Read Full Testimonial

    Andrew C. of Farmington, MN

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              Professional, knowledgeable, courteous, great group to work with.
    Andrew C.
    Farmington, MN
  • "Sales rep (Ryan B) was very knowledgeable and flexible!" Read Full Testimonial

    Karen and Jame M. of Maplewood, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Thorough overview and representation of products, services, and staffing. We appreciated the immediate access to videos, pamphlets, and visual aides. Sales rep (Ryan B) was very knowledgeable and flexible!
    Karen and Jame M.
    Maplewood, MN
  • ""Very good sales presentation"" Read Full Testimonial

    Mary H. of St Paul, MN

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              Very good sales presentation. Met the price of the competition!
    Mary H.
    St Paul, MN
  • ""The work was completed in ONE day, efficiently and we saw immediate results"" Read Full Testimonial

    Lawrence & Phyllis H. of New Brighton, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              The main reason we hired Complete Basement Systems was to estimate what needed to be done to a garage wall that was moving inwardly. The work was completed in ONE day, efficiently and we saw immediate results. The steel posts installed did begin to move the wall back to its original place. We need to tighten two parts until moved back completely.
    Lawrence & Phyllis H.
    New Brighton, MN
  • "Very understanding" Read Full Testimonial

    Diann F. of Bloomington, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Very understanding about my financial changes, worked with me to pay for the work
    Diann F.
    Bloomington, MN
  • "Installation crew was courteous, efficient and explained what they had done along with maintenance..." Read Full Testimonial

    David N. of Minneapolis, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Seems to be the only company in Minnesota that offers the variety of services we needed. Installation crew was courteous, efficient and explained what they had done along with maintenance instructions for the sump pump and wall bracing system.
    David N.
    Minneapolis, MN
  • "Trustworthy and honest." Read Full Testimonial

    Ryan & Shannon L. of Eden Prairie, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Ryan was great to work with - trustworthy and honest. He is an asset to your company.
    Ryan & Shannon L.
    Eden Prairie, MN
  • ""Great. They installed barriers so the dust and debris did not get into the house."" Read Full Testimonial

    Kathleen C. of Minneapolis, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              "Great. They installed barriers so the dust and debris did not get into the house. They answered all my questions and did a great job. They worked on a crawlspace under my front porch. They removed the busted up concrete floor and cleared out broken concrete from the walls. They replaced that with insulation and a very tough "plastic" covering. It was hard work."
    Kathleen C.
    Minneapolis, MN

Ryan Brenner from Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

Title: System Design Specialist

Hometown: Chaska, MN

Ryan Brenner from Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

With years of experience within the construction industry, and a Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Ryan combines the know-how with outstanding customer service to ensure that his customers feel comfortable with their projects every step of the way.

Early on in his career with Complete Basement Systems, Ryan saw first-hand the genuine dedication and integrity that the company has towards its customers. Because of this, Ryan has been with the company since 2013, and is excited to continue to grow his career while helping customers.

“I love being able to meet new people and help them solve their complex basement problems. I really feel like I get to live the company’s mission statement everyday by bettering the lives of everyone I come in contact with.”

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Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Basement waterproofing done right! Kenyon, MN
    Before
    Basement waterproofing done right! Kenyon, MN
    After

    Malinda J. of Kenyon was always getting water through floor cracks in the basement when it would rain.  She didn't have a sump pump in the basement either.  After meeting with our system design specialist at her home to inspect the problems she was having, she could see how the interior solution would completely eliminate her ongoing problem with water seepage.  

    The installation team installed a perimeter waterproofing system using WaterGuard along the inside of her basement.  Her walls we also protected with a vapor barrier, CleanSpace Wall System leaving a nice clean look to the basement.  We added a SuperSump pump system that will collect the water that enters the foundation at any entry point.

    Our customer had this to say upon the completion of her project:

    "They cleaned up after they we're done , was very respectful of my home and belongings.   They did a wonderful job, could have not asked for better"

  • Sealing a Nasty Crawl Space in Northfield, MN
    Before
    Sealing a Nasty Crawl Space in Northfield, MN
    After

    Carol H. of Northfield, MN researched for a company online to help with encapsulating her crawl space.  She contacted the RIGHT place!  Complete Basement Systems has been assisting homeowners since 1975 with basement, foundation and crawl space repairs.  

    We scheduled Carol with a FREE estimate to inspect the crawl space at her home and design a solution that would accomplish her goals of protecting her home. 

    The solution designed was to completely encapsulate the crawl space with our CleanSpace Liner to separate the dirt floor earth underneath from the rest of her home.  The CleanSpace System is a 20 mil poly that is kind of like a pool liner and is warrantied for up to 25 years to be free from rips and tears.  

    Carol now has the ability to use her crawl space for storage and also looks a lot more attractive and bright versus nasty and dark. 

  • Leaky Crawl Space Problem Solved For Farmington, MN Homeowner
    Before
    Leaky Crawl Space Problem Solved For Farmington, MN Homeowner
    After

    Dakota County resident received the Five Star Rated book that lists qualified contractors serving area residents and Mark S. of Farmington, MN contacted Complete Basement Systems about his leaky crawl space.  

    A free estimate was scheduled with Mark to meet with our system design specialist to look at the troubled crawl space and determine a solution for him.  

    A CleanSpace liner that protects the vapor transmission and water from the concrete block in the crawl space to prevent mold and standing water was installed along with a drainage matting liner underneath the CleanSpace to channel any water seepage into a smartdrain that was installed to collect the water. 

    Our customer can now utilize his concrete crawl space for added storage space in his home and have peace of mind that his items are protected.  

     

     

  • Waterproofing & Foundation Wall Repair in Mendota Heights, MN
    Before
    Waterproofing & Foundation Wall Repair in Mendota Heights, MN
    After

    This home in Mendota Heights, MN was experiencing some water coming through the floor and walls of their foundation.  Our system design specialist designed a permenant solution installing WaterGuard along the base of the foundation and wall under the floor to collect any ground water seepage. He also designed a wall system using CleanSpace Wall System to prevent any moisture from coming in through the walls.  

    It was also evident during the inspection, the foundation walls had some movement/bowing occuring.  Our specialist designed the PowerBrace Wall System using steel I-beams to support the foundation wall. 

     

  • Basement Waterproofing in West Saint Paul, MN
    Before
    Basement Waterproofing in West Saint Paul, MN
    After

    Homeowners in W St Paul, MN were referred to Complete Basement Systems.  They have been in their home for 5 years and had a finished basement with no sump pump system.  Water was finding its way in a few spots and they noticed a smell from the carpeting that smelled throughout the entire perimeter.  Before getting to a remodeling project to refinish their basement, they knew they needed to fix the water problem after talking with their friend who referred them to us.

  • Crawl Space Apple Valley, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Apple Valley, MN
    After

    Our customer in Apple Valley, MN had been putting off this project for years after trying some solutions themselves and decided to hire a professional.  Our customer was tired of getting rodents into his home that were coming from the crawl space under his home.  We offered a complete encapsulation system including a vapor barrier, drainage matting and insulation to keep the above area warmer!

  • New Basement Windows Installed in St Paul, MN
    Before
    New Basement Windows Installed in St Paul, MN
    After

    Complete Basement Systems converted old rusted and broken basement windows into bright, modern easy gliding EverLast Basement Windows.  Our EverLast Basement windows are also energy efficient.  We replaced 3 basement windows for our customer in St Paul, MN for their project as they get ready to re-finish their basement.

  • New Brighton Wall Repair Fixes Bowing & Cracks
    Before
    New Brighton Wall Repair Fixes Bowing & Cracks
    After

    Homeowners in New Brighton had a major wall issue involving cracked and bowed walls. In order to secure the foundation, they had the PowerBrace wall bracing system installed to correct and protect the wall. Now they can rest assured that the foundation will be safe for the life of the home!

  • Crawlspace encapsulated with CleanSpace system in Lakeville, MN
    Before
    Crawlspace encapsulated with CleanSpace system in Lakeville, MN
    After

    Here's a great photo of a home in Lakeville, MN that had both a crawlspace AND a finished basement. We encapsulated the crawlspace as well as the bottom half of the basement with CleanSpace. We also installed a WaterGuard system in the basement half to ensure protection against flooding.

  • Waterproofing in Burnsville, MN
    Before
    Waterproofing in Burnsville, MN
    After

    Our repeat customer in Burnsville, MN contacted Complete Basement Systems to waterproof the other area of their basement.  Sometimes customers don't always have the problem on all four walls and elect to only do the area that is currently experiencing an issue.  Over time, water seems to find its way into other sections of the basement and needs the system extended and finished for complete protection.

    Complete Basement Systems installed a waterproofing system using WaterGuard and our CleanSpace Wall System was installed partially up the walls for this split-level style home.

  • Full Basement Protection with TripleSafe Sump Pump System in Montgomery, MN
    Before
    Full Basement Protection with TripleSafe Sump Pump System in Montgomery, MN
    After

    Our most reliable sump pump system, the TripleSafe provides our customer in Montgomery with three levels of protection for their basement and will leave them with peace of mind the next heavy rain or power outage that their basement will remain dry!

    The TripleSafe sump pump has a 1/3 hp motor that can discharge 2,200 gallons of water per hour, it also has a 1/2 hp motor that can pump an additional 3,900 gallons of water per hour.  Lastly the UltraSump Battery Backup System also installed can pump more than 11,500 gallons of water on a full charge.  Wow!  Yes that's a lot of water!

  • Richfield Transformation
    Before
    Richfield Transformation
    After

    Homeowners in Richfield, Minnesota wanted the option of adding additional storage space in their basement, but needed an egress window to make that happen. They worked with System Design Specialist Ryan Brenner to design a space that they can transform into a bedroom when they are ready. Crew Leader Ben Heldt and his crew then worked to make this vision become a reality!

  • Finished Basement Waterproofing in Bloomington, MN
    Before
    Finished Basement Waterproofing in Bloomington, MN
    After

    Our customer in Bloomington, MN was referred to Complete Basement Systems for waterproofing an area in their basement when it would rain.  Complete Basement Systems installed a perimeter WaterGuard Systems, CleanSpace Wall System and a new SuperSump pump system.  

    Our customer can rest assured that their basement will remain dry during the next snow melt or spring rain.

  • Minneapolis, MN - Everlast Windows Installation
    Before
    Minneapolis, MN - Everlast Windows Installation
    After

    Here's what our Everlast windows look like after being installed. They allow a lot of light to come through and are sealed perfectly. No more drafty windows!

  • Crawl Space Repair in Minneapolis, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Repair in Minneapolis, MN
    After

    This Minneapolis, MN crawl space had current exposed dirt floor in a rental property and was seeking a cost effective solution.  

    Our system design specialist, Ryan Brenner, quickly came to evaluate the situation.  He concluded that the crawl space would need CleanSpace Liner along with CleanSpace Drainage Matting.  With a plan set, Ben Heldt and his crew began the installation process for this homeowner.

    CleanSpace Drainage Matting was installed on the dirt floor and CleanSpace Liner was installed on top of the matting.  This is now a clean brighter crawl space for this Minneapolis homeowner and can comfortably crawl around and make use of this space storing personal items along with adding value to the home. 

     

  • Old Rusted Crawl Space Window Replaced in Robbinsdale, MN
    Before
    Old Rusted Crawl Space Window Replaced in Robbinsdale, MN
    After

    Ryan K. a new homeowner was concerned about mold problems in the crawl space underneath his home.  Seeking out for companies online, he found Complete Basement Systems specialized in basements and crawl spaces in the area. 

    While we were initially called to address the crawl space, we always look for other areas of concern and ways we can better our customers homes and noticed his crawl space window was drafty and old looking. 

    Showing our customer what we have to improve that window, he liked the all vinyl, maintenance free window by EverLast.  Our installation team also spray foamed along the window eliminating any potential drafts.  

     

  • New Homeowner Concerned with Mold in Robbinsdale, MN Crawl Space
    Before
    New Homeowner Concerned with Mold in Robbinsdale, MN Crawl Space
    After

    Ryan K. recently moved into his home in Robbinsdale, MN and had concerns about potential mold problems in the crawl space. Looking through our website, seeing the encapsulation systems we install is exactly what he was looking for, a more finished look. 

    The scope of work involved installing a vapor barrier called CleanSpace which is a crawl space encapsulation system that is used to isolate the home from the earth completely and permanently.  It is blue on on one side and white on the other.  

    As far as our customers concern with mold, the CleanSpace liner is manufactured with an antimicrobial additive called UltraFresh that is molded right into the material.

     

  • Basement Waterproofing & Basement Wall Repair in Blue Earth, MN
    Before
    Basement Waterproofing & Basement Wall Repair in Blue Earth, MN
    After

    This Blue Earth home had some moisture issues and the homeowners noticed that the foundation walls were buckling.  The homeowners had been doing research on options on how to fix the problem.  We were happy when they stopped by our building to talk about the problem and we provided them with a FREE estimate. 

    Our System Design Specialist Ryan Brenner, quickly came to evaluate the situation.  Together they concluded a perimeter draintile system, new sump pump system and foundation support was needed to permanently protect their home for the long haul.

    WaterGuard was installed along the perimeter of the foundation to keep ground water from seeping through the floor and work with a new SuperSump Pump System to discharge water out of the basement.  PowerBrace zinc coated beams were installed on the block foundation walls to prevent further wall buckling.  

  • Wall Crack Repair in Chaska, MN
    Before
    Wall Crack Repair in Chaska, MN
    After

    Chaska, MN homeowner contacted Complete Basement Systems upon noticing water leaking from a crack on the poured foundation wall.  Wall cracks are very common on poured foundation walls, which are most type of split level homes.  

    Repairing a foundation wall crack with our FlexiSpan crack repair system seals the crack and provides a built-in secondary repair strategy in case the seal fails.  

    First a small drywell is developed into the floor under the crack, then we seal the crack with a urethane-based sealant.  Lastly a special polyurethane foam strip is applied over the first seal.  The foam strip is set up so water from within and behind it can drain into the drywell installed.

    Now your wall crack is sealed, and if any water ever gets past the seal, it drains down into the drywell.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulated in Maple Grove, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Encapsulated in Maple Grove, MN
    After

    This Maple Grove, MN crawl space had our customer, a new home buyer concerned with moist dirt floor underneath the home.  Very interested in purchasing this home, he contacted the professionals at Complete Basement Systems for an inspection of the crawl space to provide a professional opinion of what needed to be done to ensure safety.

    Our System Design Specialist, Ryan Brenner, quickly came to evaluate the situation.  He concluded that the crawl space needed a CleanSpace Liner to create a safer enviornment for the rest of the home.  With a plan set, Ben Heldt and his production team came to the home start the project.

    CleanSpace Liner and CleanSpace Drainage Matting were installed to fully encapsulate the crawl space with a 20 mil thick liner along the walls and floor of the dirt crawl space.  

    Having a dirt crawl space under a home is a very bad idea.  The earth has high humidity in the soil and the water vapor moves easily into the crawl space and upwards into the house enviornment.  Mold thrives in this enviornment.  With the CleanSpace System has an UltraFresh antimicrobial protection built in to prevent mold growth.  The CleanSpace System has a 25 year warranty as well.

     

  • Bowing Wall Solution in Excelsior, MN
    Before
    Bowing Wall Solution in Excelsior, MN
    After

    Excelsior homeowners had walls that were cracked and bowed, which is a major concern for the foundation of any home. They worked with System Design Specialist Ryan Brenner to find a solution that solved this problem, and helped them to accomplish the goals for their home. Crew Leader Rodney Pfarr and his team worked to install the system, and to ensure that these homeowners felt comfortable with how everything works to keep their basement dry, livable, and safe!

  • Dry and Healthy Crawl Space in Excelsior, MN
    Before
    Dry and Healthy Crawl Space in Excelsior, MN
    After

    When customers call us about their crawl space, they often complain about the musty smells, poor indoor air quality and cold floors.  That is exactly the problem our customer in Excelsior, MN was experiencing.  They remembered us when we addressed his foundation walls made only one call to address their crawl space needs.

    This is a common problem that can be repaired with the CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System.  This simple system will enclose your crawl space and create a dry usable space.  The vapor barrier is installed on the dirt floor and on the walls. 

  • Crawl Space Waterproofing in Nowthen, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Waterproofing in Nowthen, MN
    After

    Our customer David & Kathleen in Nowthen, MN contacted Complete Basement Systems because of a leaking crawlspace on one wall. 

    Our system design specialist, Ryan Brenner designed a perimeter waterproofing system to collect the water that was coming in and a vapor barrier system for the walls to prevent from moisture, mold, etc. 

    The installation team installed WaterGuard along the perimeter and CleanSpace Wall System along the crawl space block walls.    

  • Total Protection in Cambridge, MN
    Before
    Total Protection in Cambridge, MN
    After

    The Gariepy home in Cambridge got the works done on their basement. We installed a WaterGuard, TripleSafe Sump Pump, CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation, and more! In the before photo you can clearly see the bottom of the concrete wall is leaky and damp. After, you will see our TripleSafe Sump Pump that was installed as well as where the WaterGuard runs with the new concrete beginning to cure on top.

  • TripleSafe Sump Pump in Maple Plain, MN
    Before
    TripleSafe Sump Pump in Maple Plain, MN
    After

    Here's a home that our crew installed a new TripleSafe Sump Pump in. This is a heavy duty pump that has three pumps to give you complete protection. If your first pump fails, the second one takes over. If your first pump cannot keep up, then it will add a more powerful second pump run at the same time- more than double capacity. If your power goes out, an Ultrasump Battery back-up pump takes over. The best part about it is that it's all automatic!

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation and Insulation in Hutchinson, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Encapsulation and Insulation in Hutchinson, MN
    After

    Our customer in Hutchinson, MN just purchased a home and wanted to seal up the crawl space to reduce radon and smells from the other living space in the home.  

    Our System Design Specialist, Ryan Brenner met with the homeowners to address their concerns.  Ryan designed a solution that involved encapsulating the crawl space with CleanSpace Liner along the floor and thermax insulation along the walls.  

    Our customer is now able to use the crawl space as added storage of things and having piece of mind of that they will be protected. 

  • Waterproofing in St. Cloud, MN
    Before
    Waterproofing in St. Cloud, MN
    After

    Here's a home that had a completely finished basement but ended up with water. These photos show what it looked like after the family ripped up the carpet. We installed the WaterGuard system to prevent this from happening again. Once the concrete finishes drying, they can put the drywall back to the floor and it will be as if their water problem never happened!

Company news I'd like to share with you:

  • Exclusive Insight: Owners Victor & Kathy Barke
    Exclusive Insight: Owners Victor & Kathy Barke
    Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
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  • System Design Specialist Training:  Nationally Recognized, Unique to the...
    System Design Specialist Training: Nationally Recognized, Unique to the...
    Friday, Mar 14th, 2014
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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Adams
  • Altura
  • Brownsville
  • Byron
  • Caledonia
  • Canton
  • Chatfield
  • Dexter
  • Dover
  • Elgin
  • Elkton
  • Eyota
  • Fountain
  • Frontenac
  • Grand Meadow
  • Harmony
  • Hokah
  • Houston
  • Kellogg
  • La Crescent
  • Lake City
  • Lanesboro
  • Le Roy
  • Lewiston
  • Mabel
  • Mazeppa
  • Millville
  • Minnesota City
  • Oronoco
  • Ostrander
  • Peterson
  • Plainview
  • Preston
  • Racine
  • Reads Landing
  • Rochester
  • Rollingstone
  • Rose Creek
  • Rushford
  • Saint Charles
  • Sargeant
  • Spring Grove
  • Spring Valley
  • Stewartville
  • Taopi
  • Utica
  • Wabasha
  • Winona
  • Wykoff
  • Zumbro Falls
Our Locations:

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems
54004 Loren Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
1-507-201-4160