Matt has been in the construction industry his whole life. Growing up, his mother was an architect, his father was a general contractor and he spent his free time working on all phases of residential home construction. Matt has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Connecticut Basement Systems, he worked as a field engineer on large-scale tunnel and water treatment projects.
Matt is a true professional and brings a focused, intelligent approach to each job he is involved with. He has been thoroughly trained and has earned the highly esteemed title of “Certified Waterproofing Professional” through the Basement Systems International Waterproofing Contractor Network. He is a trusted member of Connecticut Basement Systems and upholds the high standards of the company.
Connecticut Basement Systems is the exclusive regional dealer and the headquarters for the International Basement Systems Waterproofing Contractor Network. This group of more than 350 of the best waterproofing, finishing, structural and crawl space repair contractors in the world has exclusive access to patented products, comprehensive training and support through the International Company.
Matt enjoys meeting with homeowners and helping them solve their basement problems, enabling them to get more out of their homes. Matt has been building and remodeling homes as a hobby and believes a home is the centerpiece and essential anchor to a happy and healthy family life.
This Norwalk home had continuous water problems in their basement. The only line of defense the home had was an old sump pump in a hole. The homeowners decided to call the experts at Connecticut Basement Systems and our Certified Basement Water proofer Matt diagnosed and fixed the issue. We came in and installed our Waterguard drain system. The Waterguard is put in the ground but above the footing or “mud zone” to prevent any clogs.
The water flowing through the drain system makes a trip through our premier sump pump system the TripleSafe. The TripleSafe sump pump has a total of three pumps for that added security. The first pump which sits the lowest starts pumping first. The second pump will start running if the first pump is unable to handle the amount of water coming in. The third and final pump will start running if the power goes out or is tripped, because it is backed up by a battery.
As a finishing touch we installed our CleanSpace Vapor Barrier. The vapor barrier is a 100% waterproof plastic material that's perfect for unfinished basement walls. With a 25-year warranty [PDF] for wear and tear, it's durable, washable, and has anti-microbial protection called UltraFresh built right in! The homeowners can sit back and know that their basement won’t have anymore moisture or water issues.
This home in Ridgefield, CT needed a way to stabilize their basement beams. They seemed to be sagging, and they didn't want it to become even worse than it already was. They gave us a call at Connecticut Basement Systems, and we were happy to come out, and see the problem.
Our System Design Specialist, Matt Kraus, came out and quickly realized what this home needed was Smartjack XT's! Victor and Sergio Alves came out, and quickly got to work on installing them. The SmartJack system provides solid support for sagging and undersized beams, restoring stability and straightness to sagging floor joists in a crawl space. Because of their design, the SmartJacks can be adjusted over time to provide additional straightening and leveling action if necessary. They can also hold up to 60,000 pounds!
This system gave this basement the support it needs, and we were happy to help! Call us today for your FREE foundation support estimate!
This Stratford, CT homeowner used to have a basement with unfinished walls and floors, making for a cold and uncomfortable basement environment. As a result, the homeowner rarely used his basement, and wanted to finish it so that it could be used as additional living space. After seeing one of our advertisements online, he reached out to the experts at Total Basement Finishing to find a solution.
Before long, Sales Representative Matt Kraus traveled to the home to assess the basement. After taking a look around, Matt was able to come up with some potential finishing solutions, so he shared his findings with the homeowner, and they decided to moce forward with the project.
On the first day of production, Finishing Foreman Roberto DeMacedo arrived at the home to begin his work. He started by installing ThermalDry floors throughout the basement, which are waterproof and come with a buil-in thermal break that keeps floors up to ten degrees warmer than the cold concrete below. Then, he added EverLast walls, which are more durable than traditional drywall, and come with built in rigid foam insulation to help keep the basement warm and energy efficient. The EverLast also helped to finish the basement stairway, which really gave the basement a full, finished look.
By the time Roberto's work was done, the homeowner could hardly recognize his basement. He was startled by how much warmer and brighter his basement had become, and could not wait to enjoy this added living space for years to come.
This family in Branford, CT were having water issues in their basement. Mold was beginning to climb along the walls, water was seaping in from the outside, and their old sump pump just wasn't performing like it used to. They decided to give us a call at Connecticut Basement Systems, and we were happy to come out, and fix the problems they were having!
Our System Design Specialist, Matt Kraus, to survey the situation, and develop a full-proof plan to make their basement water free! Our expert foreman, Kryz Wilk, and his team, quickly got out to the house, and went right to work!
We first installed our TrenchDrain along the entrance of the basement, to prevent any water coming in from the stairs from causing any damage. We then installed our WaterGuard and SuperSump, two products that work amazingly together. The WaterGuard drainage system is installed along the inside rim of the basement, and captures water before bringing it over to the SuperSump, which is designed for high-volume pumping. Once the basement was completely waterproofed, we went ahead and installed our ThermalDry Floor Tiles in the beautiful shade of Canyon Beige, so their basement could stay dry, while still looking attractive!
This family can finally rest easy in knowing that their basement is not only safe from the dangers of water, and also a comfortable space for others to be in! Give us a call TODAY for your very own FREE estimate!
Before, this North Branford, CT basement was wet, filled with moisture and not being used to its fullest potential. The homeowner wanted a dry, clean basement that could be used for storage. She decided to call the experts at Connecticut Basement Systems to achieve her vision into a reality.
Now, this North Branford, CT basement is a dry and cleaner area for the homeowner to properly utilize. We installed a WaterGuard System, around the perimeter of the basement to collect water internally. The water is then channeled to a sump pump where it is discharged away from the home. CleanSpace liner was installed on the bottom half of the wall to prevent water or air seepage. Lastly, to control humidity in the area, a SaniDry Sedona was installed to keep the air clean and filtered properly. This product will keep humidity below 55%. The homeowner immediately noticed a difference and was pleased with the results!
This crawlspace in East Hampton had an evident water and moisture issue that would directly affect the home's living spaces. The homeowner wanted a solution and decided to make an appointment with Connecticut Basement Systems.
The solution for this crawl space was to install SilverGlo wall panels, rim joist insulation, CleanSpace liner and a SaniDry. All of these products combined make a clean and energy efficient crawlspace. The SilverGlo properly insulates the area to prevent any air or moisture from entering in. The CleanSpace liner will prevent any moisture to come through the floors as well as provide a durable solution to a hard, cold floor. In order to seal everything in, the rim joists were insulated with Spray Foam. And lastly, in order to keep humidity low and create a healthier environment, a SaniDry dehumidifier was installed. Just look at the transformation! The area is now a more energy efficient area!
The B. Family had a crack in their basement that was a real pain. Every time it rained, water would come into the basement, and anytime it snowed, the snow would eventually melt and water would come in. The homeowners called the experts at Connecticut Basement Systems to make sure the issues was taken care of. We came in and diagnosed the problem and recommended our FlexiSpan® crack repair system.
The FlexiSpan® is unlike hydraulic cements and some epoxies: the special polyurethane polymer sealant used for FlexiSpan® will never dry out or re-crack even given the natural movement of the foundation wall over long periods of time. The homeowners can now rest assured that the basement will not take on water from that crack.
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