Is your basement exhibiting signs of seepage? If you’ve begun searching for a waterproofing contractor, you’re on the right track. However, you may be confused about the different basement waterproofing methods you’ve come across and which you should consider for your basement.
There are pros and cons for every waterproofing method available. In the end, you’ll have to choose the method that suits you best. It is therefore important to consider your priorities and determine the method that will meet your requirements. The following are some factors to consider when making your decision.
- How effective the method is
This is an obvious one. You need to ensure that the method you choose is effective for the long term. Consider the products and methods used by different contractors in your area. Do some research and find out more information about the method that any contractor uses.You may want to ask for references to see if their method has been applied successfully for other clients.
- The level of disruption involved
Technological developments are moving toward less disruptive basement waterproofing methods. If you’ve invested in your basement or your landscape, you’ll want to ensure there is as little disruption and destruction as possible. Choosing the least disruptive method will save you great expenses and time in repairing the damage thereafter.
- Outdoors or indoor systems
Waterproofing systems are categorized into two i.e. indoor and outdoor systems. If you have a beautifully landscaped lawn, you may want to consider indoor systems to prevent damage to the lawn. If you have a finished basement, installing an outdoor system would make better sense and prevent damage to the basement.
- The cost
This is probably one of the first considerations that crossed your mind when determining the method for waterproofing. When considering cost, be careful to consider the long term price as well. The actual cost of waterproofing is not only the cost of installing the waterproofing system but also the long term cost of maintaining the system.
It may cost less to install a more expensive system that would last long with no requirement for maintenance rather than a cheaper system that may not last as long.
- Your plans for the future
Do you have plans for the basement? You may want to install a system that prevents future damage to the space. Your system should be able to handle current and future problems.
Ensure that you discuss your choice with a professional contractor and consider all your options. This will ensure that you make an informed choice.