Basement Waterproofing Mistakes

For a homeowner with a basement it is almost required that you have your basement waterproofed in order to protect against water damage caused by a flooded basement. However, waterproofing your basement can be a significant undertaking both in time and money, but if properly done by expert basement waterproofing professionals, it can be a great investment and will save you time and money over the long run. There are numerous basement waterproofing companies to select from. It is very important to find the right contractor for obvious reasons, because hiring the wrong basement waterproofing contractor can use unnecessary methods that will only cost you more time and money.

Which is why the first common mistake most homeowners commit is not properly doing their due diligence to get to know a little bit more about the basement waterproofing company they hire. While most basement waterproofing companies are honest and knowledgeable, there are still a few out there who will try to swindle more money from you by suggesting items, or complicated procedures, when in fact all you needed was a simple inexpensive solution to fix your basement problem.

You can easily determine which basement waterproofing company is honest and knowledgeable by simply getting a quote and asking them which steps they intended to take to waterproof your basement. When you have collected a few quotes and estimates from a few waterproofing companies, you can then compare the different methods and estimates and find with company is most cost effective, and you are most comfortable with.

The second most common mistake most homeowners do is having too many unnecessary things done. While it may seem logical to have more things done to your basement, the reality is there are all different levels of basement waterproofing services. It is common for basement waterproofing contractors to suggest additional work done such as a major excavation and installation of footer drains, or doing exterior waterproofing. Although these are good things to have, they are not always needed. However, in some cases major repairs or additions are necessary; just make sure that you have gotten several opinions so that you can make an educated decision to agreeing to these major repairs and additions.

The third most common mistake homeowners commit when waterproofing their basement is homeowners think they can do it themselves. By searching on the internet and finding a few websites that have how-to guides, amateur home owners will try to waterproof their basement themselves thinking they will save money. If the homeowner doesn’t have experience in basement waterproofing this will just lead to serious mistakes and will cost you more money and time in the end. It is always best to let professionals handle complex or even less complex basement waterproofing projects than trying to attempt doing the job yourself.

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