As you take the last step down the stairs into your basement your foot hits the floor and “splat” your sock is instantly soaked. Now what…
Looks like it’s time to find yourself a competent basement waterproofing contractor to diagnose the problem and provide a solution that suits your comfort level and your price range. Heck it can’t be that difficult, right? Or can it?
Before we go any further let me ask you this… how many basement waterproofing contractors do you have on your contact list?
If you are here reading this post I am going to guess none. At this point you have probably talked to your neighbours, your co-workers, your close friends and have come up empty-handed. So the next step is what? To jump on Google of course and do some web surfing in order to educate yourself on basement waterproofing and foundation repair contractors.
After doing some research you quickly find that there are multiple basement waterproofing contractors that offer many different solutions to repair your wet basement and leaky foundation so it doesn’t leak anymore.
Question is – how do you know which contractor is any better, any different or any worse than any of the others? This one says you should do it this way and that one says that their way is the best way to do it but how are you to choose?
If you’ve never had to deal with basement waterproofing contractors before, you may find the task of choosing the right one rather difficult.
Like many other trades, the waterproofing industry has a negative stigma attached to it as there are many “fly by night” or “pick up truck renegades” running around offering uninsured, discounted services. In order to protect yourself, you will want to stay away from these types of companies and deal with legitimate contractors that will stand behind their work.
For starters, before you hire the right contractor for the task at hand make sure the contractor you choose:
- Has a valid Business License in the province of Ontario
- Has been an independent basement waterproofing contractor for at least 3 years
- Has at least $2 Million Liability Insurance policy and WSIB Insurance coverage
- Has a valid HST/CRA Number
- Has passed the following background checks (credit, criminal, driver’s license, education, employment if applicable)
- Provides you with excellent customer references
- Provides you with satisfactory evidence of its implementation and adherence to minimum operational systems and standards
In conjunction with the above, the contractor should be able to present to you a solution much like an attorney supplies to the court its case. It should be backed up with experience, evidence of prior work performed and successful testimonial to verify his/her true character. If a problem should arise during the project is the person or company you hired easy to work with or is it difficult to come to a resolution?
You will find it easier to deal with a small to medium-sized company than a large franchised type company when it comes to choosing the right basement waterproofing contractors to work with.
Having direct contact with the owner of the company who has his finger in every facet of the business and is able to make a quick decision is really what you want. Dealing with an employee who only cares about getting paid at the end of the week can lead to long delays of your project should a problem pop up.
That being said, H&N Basement Worx works closely with each homeowner to ensure the project runs smoothly from beginning to end. We treat each home as it were our own and provide each homeowner with a written guarantee at the end of each project. If you are looking for a first class contractor to help resolve your wet basement issues feel free to put us to the test. You’ll be glad you did!
Call us today at 289-880-7988 or click here for a no-obligation, free evaluation. You’ll soon learn why we are one of the best basement waterproofing contractors in the Hamilton and Burlington area.
Hello, When the internal system of waterproofing the basement is used will the block wall still slowly deteriorate over the years because it is still in contact with water. Or is the interior system placed low enough that the base of the block foundation remains dry most of the time. I think my concern is that water has to travel through the block wall to get to the internal system and does this have any negative effects on the foundation of the house over time.
Hello Charlene and thanks for your comments and question. Installing an interior drainage system is basically managing the water that passes through a foundation. It is NOT waterproofing no matter what sales person tells you so or worse yet believes that it is. Plain and simple, water will erode a foundation if it continues to pass through it whether it shows up on top of your basement floor or it is guided underneath it. What we look at before proposing an interior system is the severity of the situation, is there water passing through every time it rains, only when its a heavy rain, in the winter months when the snow is melting and the rains come back or is do you really have a ground water problem that needs to be addressed.
The negative effect would be long term erosion should the leak truly be passing through the foundation. Not only could the leak get worse but the foundation could face structural issues down the road. Now we aren’t saying that is true for every foundation leak but it is something that needs to be considered if you are contemplating the installation of an interior drainage system.
If you have anything further you would like to discuss feel free to send us an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference this post.