Keep Your Greater Minneapolis Basement Dry

Installing a basement waterproofing system inside of your home is a fantastic idea. With all the innovations that have been made in the last decade on old-fashioned drain tile, French drain, and weeping tile systems in Minnesota, along with the modern and more reliable sump pump systems, a waterproof basement is just a phone call away.

To achieve a dry basement -- including humidity -- something more may be needed and to create a dry basement, something more may be needed. Moisture can easily travel through the concrete and grout used in your foundation walls and floors - and even more easily through sections of exposed dirt.

Looking for a wet basement solution? Call Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems today for a free basement waterproofing inspection and quote! We serve Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester and all areas nearby.

Peeling, Chipping, Basement Wall Coatings in Chaska

Step 1: Install a Moisture Barrier on Your Walls and Floors

Even when the surfaces of your basement walls and floors look dry at a glance, you can be sure that moisture is entering the basement continually through the concrete in the form of water vapor.

There are several ways to tell if moisture is passing through to your basement. One of the most common is a white, flaky powder that accumulates on basement walls.

This is known as efflorescence, and it's left behind as moisture leaves the basement walls and enters the air.

Other signs include mold and musty smells in the basement and rust on your pipes, tools, or other metal in the space.

If you're not sure if your basement floor is adding to your basement humidity, check it out by laying a layer of plastic on a section of your basement floor for several days.

If the space underneath is damp, then you know the moisture that would have passed into the basement air was instead trapped underneath the plastic.

Long-Lasting Basement Wall Coverings

Basement Wall Systems and Vapor Barriers

Basement wall coatings and paint are notorious for peeling and blistering off basement walls, eventually making the problem worse than ever.

The water vapor behind a "waterproof" coating will damage its bond, destroying it in a few years, or even in months!

Instead, Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems recommends installing one of our basement wall systems, like BrightWall®; a plastic wall covering that is mechanically attached to the wall and can be installed as a vapor barrier.

These easy-to-install basement wall coverings will brighten the space and keep out moisture permanently.

Installing a Waterproof Basement Sub Floor in Colerain

ThermalDry® Basement Floor Matting

ThermalDry® Basement Floor Matting turns cold, damp, hard concrete into beautiful, dry and comfortable floors! They come in two tile colors and two carpet colors to match any decor. The bottom of ThermalDry® Flooring has raised pegs to create an airspace to prevent water vapor from condensing into water droplets underneath your finished flooring. The modular design of ThermalDry® Flooring allows for fast installation and is ready to use right away! It also allows for any future damaged or worn tiles, such as in a high traffic area, to be replaced without having to replace the whole floor!

Heart set on wall-to-wall carpeting? Install ThermalDry® Subfloor Matting! Unlike wood subfloors, this inorganic, low-profile subfloor will never be damaged by water and gives you the perfect subfloor for carpeting or other floating floor systems. Have the look you love, with a difference you can feel.

Step 2: Install a Reliable, Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier

Comparison of Two Basement Dehumidifiers in a Saint Cloud homeTypical dehumidifiers are simply not powerful enough to keep a basement dry. Additionally, the cheap dehumidifiers sold at some hardware stores have collection trays that continually fill up, sometimes in as little as 8-12 hours. With 168 hours in a week, this means you'd have to empty your collection tray 14-21 times to keep your machine running. Even then, is it doing the job?

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems has the answer to your dry basement needs: The SaniDry™ XP Basement Air System. This is the only dehumidifier available in Minnesota that has the power and effectiveness you need.

Seven Great Reasons to Choose the SaniDry™


Standard Dehumidifier


3.3 cents

10 cents

Max Pints Removed






Powerful Air-Circulating Fan



Can Be Ducted from Unfinished to Finished Basement



Dual Stage Air Filtration



Odor-Eliminating Filter



Sump Pump Service Diagram for Tiltonsville dry basements

Step 3: Service your Sump Pump Regularly

Your basement waterproofing system plays an important role in your home by protecting you from groundwater seepage.

Scheduling an annual maintenance to check on your home's sump pump, basement drainage, and other components of your system will ensure your system is working right and will help find any potential problems before they find you!

A Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems waterproofer installing a basement drain for a dry space

We're the Experts!

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems is the premiere basement waterproofing contractor in Saint Cloud, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Coon Rapids, Mankato, Hopkins, Bloomington and other parts of Minnesota. If you're in need of wet basement repair, we're ready to help. Waterproofing is our specialty, and with our great reputation in the community, you can be sure we'll be here whenever you need us.

We offer free, no-obligation estimates to homeowners in our area. Each estimate includes an in-home inspection, a written quote, and a free copy of our 88-page color book, Dry Basement Science. Call or contact us by e-mail today for a free basement repair quote.

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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:

Complete Basement Systems of MN
54004 Loren Drive
Mankato, MN 56001