What it will “cost” you to repair your home’s basement
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.
Choosing the best basement waterproofing solution
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.
Questions to ask when comparing basement waterproofing costs
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…
- Does the contractor provide a dry basement warranty?
- What will the completed system look like?
- Will the waterproofing system make it more difficult to finish or remodel the basement?
- Will the basement waterproofing system work when there’s a power outage?
- What are my options to dehumidify the basement to remove dampness?
- In cold weather, can the discharge line freeze and cause backup flooding?
- Is the waterproofing system compatible with a radon mitigation system that is or might be installed in the basement?
- Does the installer also provide maintenance and repair of the waterproofing system?
- Is financing available from the waterproofing company?
Note how early the repair can be done
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.
Research contractors before you commit
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.
Do it once, do it right, and do it with a foundation repair company you can trust
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.