- June 11, 2021
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If you own a home in the Mid-Atlantic region, chances are good that you’ll have wet basement issues or even basement flooding. It’s because of the nature of the clay soil, differing elevation topography, and in some cases, high water tables.
You may have noticed water intrusion issues already, and applied some paint on sealant and perhaps you run a dehumidifier. We should tell you that while that may help reduce the humidity in your basement, it is not a permanent fix for a wet basement. It’s more of a cosmetic coverup that will eventually fail. We call this a form of damp-proofing.
Today we’re going to discuss the top reasons you should hire a basement waterproofing company to deal with the underlying issues that cause a wet basement.
Professionals Have the Experience
This is the biggest reason to hire a basement waterproofing professional. Most of us have been in the industry for years, we collaborate as a member of the basement health association, and we have the expertise you need to do the job right the first time. And more importantly, we have access to resources if we are stumped by a new issue we haven’t seen before. When you look for a company, look for one that has been in business for at least 5 years and has its own personnel and trucks to service your installation.
Professionals Have the Tools and Technology
Interior basement waterproofing often requires expensive tools and heavy equipment, piping, gravel, and all sorts of other materials. Professionals have the technology to precisely engineer your waterproofing system and adjust for any issues that might arise during the installation.
They know how to install a health conscious interior French drain system and seal it so that there isn’t a gap between the floor and the wall. They can also identify and address structural wall and floor cracks as needed.
They’re Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
This is more important than you might think. A contractor’s license makes getting any permits a streamlined process. Being bonded and insured protects you, the homeowner, if something happens where a worker damages your property or they are injured on the job.
If you try and do it yourself, you risk back injuries and damaging your own property, and then have to call a pro to fix the damage anyway.
Most basement waterproofing companies will offer you a warranty on your waterproofing system because they are confident in their work and the materials they use. This may be a lifetime transferrable warranty, meaning the warranty will transfer to the new owner if you sell your home.
If you try and do the job yourself, you have no such warranty to offer. And if you stay in your home and never move, you have the peace of mind that the professionals are bound to come back and fix issues covered under the warranty.
Schedule a FREE Basement Inspection
The first step to hiring a basement waterproofing professional is to schedule a basement inspection. At Value Dry Waterproofing, your inspection is free. Our trained inspectors will carefully examine your basement for signs as to where the water is coming from, and the extent of the damage so far.
We will work together and develop a customized basement waterproofing plan that addresses your homes water intrusion issues and prepare your basement for your desired use. Our goal is to provide a solution that protects your home and your family’s health. We work with homeowners in Maryland, northern Virginia, and parts of Delaware.