Determining how much it will cost you to ensure that your basement remains dry for the long term can be a headache for any homeowner. Waterproofing after all is not inexpensive, neither is it always straightforward.
Estimating the cost of basement waterproofing can be especially challenging because no two homes are the same. Complications may arise in the waterproofing of your home that may see the cost of waterproofing increase significantly.
However, estimating the cost of work that should be done will help prepare you. You’ll go into the waterproofing process knowing what you’re getting into. It will also help to protect you from outrageous contractors who may try to take advantage of you by exaggerating prices in their quotations.
- Evaluating the damage in the basement
The first step is to evaluate the damage caused by water in the basement. This process includes determining the root cause of the seepage.
- Determining what repairs are required
Once the underlying cause of the seepage has been determined, it is possible to determine what type of repairs ought to be done. You can then estimate how much it would cost to implement these repairs. For example, if you need to repair your gutters to prevent water pooling at the foundation and install a dehumidifier, you can calculate the cost of waterproofing by finding out how much the dehumidifier costs as well as new gutters.
- Get estimates from professionals
It can be tempting to try and do the work on your own. However, basement waterproofing is a job that should be left to the professionals.
Using a professional will help you avoid many of the problems that DIYers experience, such as having to redo the work because the system they attempted to install on their own failed. You would save money by ensuring that the job is done right the first time round.
The best way to ensure that you hire a professional for a fair price is by getting quotations from various contractors. This will allow you to compare quotations.
Be sure to also make a choice based on the services offered and not simply on the figure quoted. Ensure that you’re getting good value for your money and that you don’t end up incurring even more costs when you hire an inexperienced contractor. You should also ensure that the solution offered will give you long term results.