No one is happy when they discover that their basement is leaking. To make things worse, homeowners have to figure out how to go about getting basement waterproofing and it’s usually for the first time. In this post we will try to make the process easier so you can make an educated decision.
Selecting the best basement waterproofing Contractor
Finding the right company to fix the leak in your basement is important because you want the job done correctly and you want it done at a fair price. Finding a waterproofing contractor online is relatively easy as they are a dime a dozen these days. Today, there are many basement waterproofing contracting companies calling themselves experts. Usually, the large companies are the ones that you’ll find first on the internet as they have marketing machines they spend a lot of money on. Most of the time they will send out a professional, high pressure salesperson out, who knows nothing about the work and probably never even touched a shovel in there life. I suggest you avoid these companies, as they have a one solution approach to your problem and there only concern is signing you up for the work, so they can get they’re commision check.
With these big companies out there, you will also find some true, hands on experts, in the field. Generally, the same person who comes to your home to look at your problem is the same person who will be doing the work. These are the true experts in the field. They have a trained eye and can determine your problem and provide the best solution for your repair. Every home and site is different, and requires a custom tailored solution. Water problems can sometimes be very difficult to determine and it really takes someone who is knowledgeable to determine what is really going on. I’ve seen some of the large companies, who send salesman out to sell work, sell a homeowner an expensive waterproofing system when all they needed was some regrading and downspout work. You owe it to yourself to call a true expert.
Factors that determine how a leaky basement is repaired
There are a number of factors that have to be taken into account in order to decide on the best method to use to fix your wet basement water issues. There is no one solution that works for all problems.
The location of the leak
What exactly is leaking
Foundation type. Concrete block, poured concrete, clay or stone.
Contributors to the problem such as grade, downspout locations, storm sewer problems and water entering the basement from above grade.
Interior and exterior accessibility to complete a waterproofing system.
The waterproofing methods available to repair the leak for your particular situation.
Given the considerations listed above it is clear that a one size fits all approach is probably not in your best interest. Homeowners often spend more money than necessary on basement waterproofing when dealing with large companies only interested in selling their services and not in solving the homeowner’s problem properly.
How basement leaks are repaired
There are several ways to fix a basement waterproofing issue if it’s determined that’s what needs to be fixed. The waterproofing methods that are available to you are a function of the type of foundation being waterproofed as well as whether the repair will be done from the inside or the outside.
Many homeowners opt for repairs from the interior of the home because these repairs tend to be less expensive and less destructive than excavation. Unfortunately, these usually are not considered a true fix to the problem. These interior methods do not address the structural integrity issues that may arise if a foundation isn’t properly waterproofed. I’ve had to properly waterproof many foundations that have been waterproofed with an interior method. I’ve also had to replace walls on foundations that have been waterproofed with that same interior method. Even though the contractor who does an interior waterproofing project will guarantee you won’t see water in your basement, they will never guarantee that you won’t have any structural issues. If you think it’s expensive to waterproof your basement the right way, you should get a price to replace basement walls of a home.
Some poured concrete wall basement walls can be repaired on the inside with epoxy crack injection. I have seen this fix some water issues on these types of basement and it’s worked quite well. This may be an option if you have a poured concrete wall basement and have water coming in from a crack.
What drives the cost to fix basement leaks
There are many variables that determine the costs of fixing a basement water issue. Many homeowners fear the worse and generally are afraid to find out how much it costs. There are a number of basement waterproofing issues that have been fixed relatively inexpensively. It’s best to have a trained eye come out and take a look at your situation.
If you would like an estimate, second opinion or general information about basement waterproofing in Gates Mills, Ohio, or the surrounding areas of Northeast Ohio, please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc at 440-946-2029.