A wet basement is every homeowner’s nightmare. Not only does it cause structural damage to your home when left untreated, but leak repairs can also be extremely costly. Unfortunately, homes in the GTA are prone to flooding due to heavy rain and melting snow, often leading to mould issues and foundation damage. If you have had basement flooding issues in the past, or you want to prevent a basement leak (which we highly recommend you do!), it’s time to get your basement waterproofed.
But where do you start? Should you hire a professional or do it yourself? Which ‘t’ype of waterproofing do you need? Finding the best basement waterproofing service for your home can be overwhelming. There are so many methods and contractors available, each claiming they are the best and have products that work better than all the rest.
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What To Look For In A Basement Waterproofing Contractor
Here are some key factors to consider when choosing basement waterproofing contractors for your home.
Experience And Track Record
As we mentioned before, waterproofing is a necessary process that you don’t want to get wrong and should only be handled by experienced contractors. You want a team with experience waterproofing for all different types of basements in all kinds of conditions, such as those already flooded or those undergoing renovations and redesign. Choose a contractor with a rich portfolio who has done the job a million times before without any issues. You would’ve made a wise decision once you hire a professional with happy customers and an excellent track record.
Multiple Service Offers
There are many ways to waterproof a basement, and each home will require a unique solution. Look out for a full-service contractor that offers a wide variety of services, including basement waterproofing, crack repairs, sump pump installation, and drainage solutions. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for your basement, so make sure the contractor you choose can diagnose the problem and take appropriate action to fix them. A contractor with a complete skill set will save you time and money in the long run.
Referrals And References
You can always begin your search for a trusted waterproofing contractor by asking your neighbours and friends for a recommendation. Other people in the industry, such as real estate agents, home inspectors and builders, might also be able to give you a referral. However, it’s still a good idea to ask for references and talk to other past clients about the contractors, quality of work, timeliness, support and professionalism. A happy client will not hesitate to tell you about their experience with the contractor, enabling you to make a more informed decision.
Alternatively, you can also check review websites to help you find the best basement waterproofing contractor in your local area. However, remember to take every review with a pinch of salt and do not let one negative review deter you from a contractor if they also have numerous 5-star reviews!
It goes without saying that the company you trust with waterproofing your basement should have all the proper licensing to work in your area. It would be best if you also asked about their liability insurance to make sure your basement is covered in case of any unforeseen problems in the future.
Certificates And Awards
Most leading waterproofing companies have industry certifications and awards to showcase their ability and track record in providing quality services and workmanship for their clients. This is another sign that you can trust a contractor’s work!
Watch Out For Large Down Payments
Beware of contractors who ask for huge sums as a down payment. Most waterproofing firms will only require a minimal down payment to show your commitment to the project for them to start their work. Make sure to also shop around for competitive pricing to avoid getting overcharged!
Warranty policies are there to protect you, so be sure to read a contractor’s warranty policy carefully (and make sure that they have one!) before signing a contract. It’ll save you from investing more money to fix a bad job if something goes wrong with the service a month down the line!
Whether you’re searching for a contractor to fix a basement leak or choosing to take preventative measures to secure your basement, choosing the right waterproofing contractor is key to your home’s safety, structural integrity and market resale value. Keep our tips in mind and choose wisely!
Kristy Ngai is a content writer for BreezeMaxWeb that helps businesses showcase their brand through enticing copy. When she’s not working, you can find her playing net in a local beer league or biking around the city.