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Friday, September 25th, 2020 by Emily Dowling
If you’ve ever dealt with a flooded basement, you know how messy, damaging and disruptive it can be.
Knowing that your basement will stay dry gives you peace of mind. But how much should you have to pay?
Keep reading to learn how to fairly compare waterproofing costs.
There are several methods to keep water out of your basement - or to remove it when it does get inside.
Interior basement waterproofing, which involves moving water out of the home once it's inside, is typically the most cost-effective option. Excavating to install an external French drain is typically the more expensive option.
Interior options often require yearly system checks, but that is a lot cheaper than a short-term repair that you may have to repair again a few years down the road.
Don’t accept a “one-size-fits-all” waterproofing treatment, which some contractors provide in order to keep prices low. There are many variables that need to be considered when designing your basement waterproofing system: soil and site conditions, the way you plan to use your basement, and your basement’s size, shape, and construction details, for example.
You’ll also want to consider the importance of battery backup capability to keep your waterproofing system operational when there’s a power outage at your home.
Qualities of companies, including cost, vary in importance to each individual. Knowing what to ask a contractor before you put down a deposit can assure you get the most out of your repair.
Some questions you could ask are...
A busy schedule for a contractor is a sign of a reliable company with large amounts of business. Waiting a few weeks for a reputable contractor is worth it for a good repair.
Going with the contractor that can do it quickly may not mean they are best for your home's important repairs.
High ratings online is often a sign of a reputable contractor. Look for key words like "affordable" and "fair" when it comes to budget.
Some contractors have financing options or discounts for referrals. If cost is your biggest concern, research contractors online before you make any payments.
A basement waterproofing repair can be costly, but taking steps before the repair can help you get the most affordable solution with the best contractor to support your home's foundation.