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Cost of Waterproofing a Basement


Before you start calculating the cost of waterproofing a basement and digging up about the foundation of your home, you should first observe where the water is coming from. The conventional way to do this is to tape a 12-inch piece of aluminum foil onto the wet basement wall and tightly sealing it. After a few days, check the foil. If the outer surface of the foil is wet, then condensation is the problem. Meanwhile, if the inner surface of the foil is damp, then seepage is the problem. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

You can deal with condensation problems by improving the ventilation. Air conditioning during summer and heat during winter can eliminate humid air and lessen dampness. Make sure all your basement windows are shut under wet weather, as well. Inspect the water pipes for leaks and get them fixed. Pad up cold water pipes so as to evade sweating. Using a dehumidifier may also lessen dampness. You will want one that is strong, so expect to disburse around $250. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

As for seepage, you should first look for the palpable. If you have window basement wells, check if the water is gathering there and leaking in around the windows. If so, set up window well covers. Downspouts and gutters that stop water from sapping away from the house, and are congested with twigs and leaves, are a common reason for water to seep into the basement. You may deal with this problem by extending the downspouts 10 feet from the house. If there are no downspouts or gutters, get them installed. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

If none of the aforementioned problems seem to be the cause for your damp basement, then the ground water may be seeping through the cracks in your basement floor or walls. You have a lot of alternatives to fix this. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

You may use an internal drain that runs down the interior basement walls and transfers the water to a sump pump. This will eliminate the water, but will not solve critical problem. The cost of waterproofing a basement this way will range from $250 to $1000 covering 20 to 96 feet, plus your energy and time. Hiring a professional will cost you double. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

There are a lot of waterproofing corporations that can solve the dilemma and execute the work for you. Make sure they provide you with a written estimate of expenses, starting date, completion date, and warranty or guarantee. Claim a written account that there may be no work executed without your permission, agreement, and signature so as to avoid unpleasant shocks when you see the bill. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

Do not hastily hire contractors without making sure they are reliable. Ask around your friends and neighbors since word-of-mouth usually bears the truth. Depending on the task to be done, you may spend around $2000 to $12,000. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

Basically, the cost of waterproofing a basement depends on the dilemma. A lot can be executed by the homeowner himself, but some can't. Considering the aforementioned alternatives will guide you to decide the best possible basement waterproofing choice to go for.

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