Waterproofing Your Basement

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementPretty frequently you can watch the news or read the newspaper to find warnings about a basement waterproofing company that was not delivering what they promised.  Shoddy work and exorbitant prices were commonly associated with these companies, and the consumer is the one loosing.  If you need a waterproofing company, a contractor, or anyone working in your home, you need to be diligent. Doing a basic research on the company, the cost associated with fixing your problem, and basic common questions that you should ask whomever you are hiring should be done before any papers are signed or money exchanged.  Do you need a basement waterproofing company with a long history in the area and great customer satisfaction? Contact us or check the BBB to see our rating.

Get rid of water in your basement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Water problems in your home can lead to dangerous structural issues and even health problems. A family-owned company that addresses water and the issues that come along with it is Everdry.

Everdry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair has been in business nationally since 1978. The Grand Rapids office is celebrating 25 years in business, family owned and operated. Everdry does full-service waterproofing on the interior and exterior of homes. All work comes with a lifetime transferrable warranty.

Signs of Basement Moisture Problems

  • Musty odor
  • Dry rot
  • Visible mold
  • Cracks in wall and floor
  • Rust on appliances

On the Level: Dealing with a mold problem

We have a mold problem in our basement. Our house sits at the bottom of a hill so when there is a lot or rain or a big snowstorm that melts we get water continuously flowing into the sump pit. There have been a few instances where water in the basement coupled with inadequate ventilation caused some mold to form on some ceiling tiles and on a few parts of the walls. I called a basement waterproofing company and their sales rep came by and indicated it would cost approximately twenty-two thousand dollars for all mold to be removed and a proper drainage system installed. He said that everything had to be taken out of the basement, the walls torn down etc.

I want to take care of this problem but need some expert advice on what to do. I realize this sales rep wants to make money for his company but I’m not convinced that the mold problem is that serious.

Twenty-two thousand dollars is indeed a large sum. Quite frankly, the basement waterproofing industry is peppered with not-so-ethical practitioners who come on like gangbusters, scare the pants off you with a huge number only to back off of the big number somewhat with certain sales techniques only to have you grasp at a smaller price they’ll offer if you sign right away.

Choosing a Good Basement Waterproofing Company

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractYou know there are many basement waterproofing companies out there.There are “New” companies that can offer you great deals that do not necessarily are true.  Doing any repairs in your home have to be taken seriously, it is your home after all.  Shopping for a company to do any repairs in your home, you have to do due diligence,  Check their BBB rating, check customers’ comments, call some of those customers that were served before you.  You are paying for their services, if it is a reputable company they will be glad to offer you customers’s phone numbers that you can contact them and ask questions about the job they did. Call us, we will be happy to offer you a hassle free consultation.

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Cleveland Better Business Bureau warns about basement waterproofing jobs

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to do their homework before signing up for an expensive basement waterproofing job.

Gena Cerasuolo said she paid $7,000 to Buckeye Waterproofing in June, but is still concerned about water and moisture coming up through the basement floor of her Lyndhurst home.

Cerasuolo told newsnet5.com the company came back to her home several times to make revisions, but said she is still worried the job won’t hold up.

“I do, I hold my breath, especially with the rainy month we’ve had in June,” said Cerasuolo. “They’re telling me that the concrete needs to dry, and that I need to give it time to cure, and that it will stop. But I’m not completely convinced of that.”

Cerasuolo and several other northeast Ohio consumers have filed complaints with the Cleveland Better Business Bureau against the company. The company now has a “D” rating.

Basement flooding may put a damper on your home sale

Jill Chodorov, an associate broker with Long & Foster, writes an occasional column about local market trends and housing issues.

Thanks to the recent rains, lawns and gardens in the Washington region are looking inordinately green and lush.  But the recent abundant rainfall has also left behind a homeowner’s most dreaded plague — wet and seeping basements.

As a real estate agent working with buyers and sellers on a daily basis, I have experienced first-hand how rain can put a damper on a real estate transaction.  It can delay settlements, cause disputes between parties or completely sink a deal.

In a recent transaction, my clients were under contract to purchase a small rambler in Rockville, built in 1954.

Tips for battling a wet basement

If leakage is occurring through the walls of your basement, or through cracks in them, as opposed to coming up from below the slab, or if you do not wish to go to the hassle of installing an under-slab drain, you can use an above slab drain system, either an open drain or a concealed one.

ABOVE SLAB WITH OPEN DRAIN: An open system is well-suited to an unfinished basement.It can be done in one of several ways. The most commonly used, in my experience, and the most difficult and unsightly to accomplish, is to build a cement curb on the slab a couple of inches from the base of the walls.

Another method that, if carefully done, can control and direct water to a sump is to set a curb made of pressure-treated wood in a bed of polyurethane sealant a couple of inches away from the walls. You probably should use 2-by-4s ripped in half with the ripped side up. Caulk the joints between pieces with the same sealant also.