There are some services you don’t think you’ll need until disaster strikes, like basement waterproofing and foundation repair. Water problems in your home can not only lead to a messy situation but can lead to dangerous structural issues and even health problems. Therefore, waterproofing your basement becomes important.
Waterproofing basement walls and floors can be a complex and expensive job, something for which you would want to engage a professional, for sure.
- CREDENTIALS & REVIEWS
The first thing to look for in a basement waterproofing contractor is whether or not they are properly bonded, insured and licensed. Ask whether the contractor is licensed for the type of work you need. Does the firm meet the bonding requirements of your town, county or state? Also, Ask about the company’s insurance and whether or not does it carry workers compensation, property damage and liability insurance. Do not be hesitant in asking for proofs to verify and be sure.
Company history is also an important thing to research when hiring a contractor. The number of years in business can say a lot about a contractor and their expertise, so choose a contractor keeping in mind their experience. Also, if you are still in the process of choosing a contactor, consider asking your friends, family or acquaintances for some recommendations. You can also ask them about their experience with the service and the contractor, in general to gain an insight as to what you can expect from the contractor’s service.
- QUALITY OF MATERIALS
You should check on the contractor bringing small samples of just what type of materials they intend to install in your home. Make a thorough inspection to ensure the material is not faulty as ultimately, it is the material that will decide the durability of the waterproofing. This is another reason why it is always clever to collect multiple estimates from several different contractors, so that you can always compare.
Also do compare the materials each contractor intends on using and discern which is superior for your needs and wants. Perforated PVC pipe with some form of sock resting on a lay drain (permeable pad) on top of clean stone is primarily considered to be an example of the best internal basement waterproofing system materials. Again, it is important to go for materials that are durable and not just fancy to ensure you get the best waterproofing for your basement.
- ASK QUESTIONS
Before hiring a contractor, make sure that you have a solid understanding of what you want and what not. Also, fix a budget for the job and consider market prices to compare and determine the ideal cost for the project. Basement waterproofing can for sure be a costly undertaking, but do not pay more than you need to. In short, make sure that you do not get overcharged for the job because of your lack of understanding of the work that needs to be done.
As important as doing your research is, also make sure that you conduct an extensive interview with your contractor. Be polite and casual with your contractor but never forget that you are the hiring client and therefore are utterly entitled to having all of your questions answered to your liking, both before and after the project is complete. It is your contractor’s job to take care of your needs and demands and to mould the project costs according to your budget. Do not feel intimidated by the expertise of your contractor.
It is important to maintain a semi-professional, semi-casual relationship with your contractor so that there are no chances of any leniency in the quality of job performed.