According to the National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors (NAWSRC), consumers can take several steps to ensure they find the right contractor for their job. A leaky roof, basement or unprotected foundation can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage and significantly decrease a home’s value. Finding out exactly what repairs you need and then comparing the services and costs of local contractors can save you tons of money. Finding a waterproofing contractor to fit your needs is very important.
First off, you should clean and inspect the gutters for any leakage or damage. Next you should inspect your drain slope; water should be draining away from the house for at least 48″. Standing water near the house can cause foundation damage. You should additionally inspect drainpipes for any leakage. If you have any busted or leaky pipes, you should call a professional plumber immediately. You can test your basement walls for seepage by taking a 12″ piece of aluminum foil and attaching it to the moist wall. If within a few days there is water on the outside of the foil, it is condensation; water on the inside indicates seepage.
Many people find the best way to locate a waterproofing contractor to be word-of-mouth. Friends and family are often excellent sources of locating contractors and can give you firsthand accounts of their experience. In addition to asking friends and family for referrals, you should also check with the NAWSRC. Professional waterproofing contractors are often members of this organization. The NAWSRC is a consumer-based organization and provides a wealth of information.
It is a good idea to interview and compare several waterproofing contractors before making a decision. Ask for references so you may see what past customers have thought about their particular service. Also, you should compare warranties from all of the contractors interviewed; read the fine print and make sure your bases are covered. After you have decided on a contractor who meets your home’s needs as well as your financial needs, you can negotiate a written contract. A written contract is absolutely necessary because it outlines what services the contractor will provide, expected costs and expected completion time.