Choosing a Basement Waterproofing Specialist Can Be Tricky

August 19, 2016 9:14 pm Published by Jane Azzinaro

Leaky basements are a big problem in almost every location, from arid deserts to humid flood plains. Fortunately, there are many skilled waterproofing professionals to make sure your basement stays dry. Choosing the best waterproofing contractor can be difficult. However, there are some simple ways to make sure you pick the best professional for your needs.

The first thing you should do when choosing a professional to fix your wet basement is to make sure they are licensed. The biggest mistake homeowners make is working with unlicensed contractors. While some may be skilled, most are unlicensed for a reason. If they cannot pass the licensing exam, you probably do not want them working on your flooded basement. It is also a good idea to check a contractor’s insurance status and make sure they have the proper liability insurance and workman’s compensation. The actual process of verifying this information will vary somewhat from state to state, but a reputable contractor will be able to provide proof upon request.

You will also need to watch out for scams. Unfortunately, some contractors will take money upfront and then either do a substandard job, or not finish it at all. Never pay before signing a contract, and be wary of any waterproofing contractor who requests money before paperwork is signed. If you have a flooded basement you will probably want it to be fixed as soon as possible, but do not be in too much of a hurry. In many states, the maximum amount a contractor can ask for at the time of deposit is 33%.  Some then ask for another 33% at the beginning of the work and the balance on satisfactory completion of the project.

While you are evaluating a potential contractor, check out their customer testimonials. Reputable waterproofing contractors will have references and testimonials available from satisfied customers. Be sure any contractor you choose can supply those as well. You will also want to be sure they have been in business for some time. While everyone needs to start somewhere, it is better to be on the safe side and use experienced professionals. This will ensure that they have the knowledge and skill to do the job right the first time. Studies performed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) display that 90% of business fail in the first 5 years.  Your warranty is only as good as the company that backs it.

When you are interviewing potential waterproofing contractors, keep an eye out for a professional demeanor and reasonable promises. While it may be tempting to go with the friendliest individual or the one who promises the most work for the least money, remember that these can be common tricks used to scam homeowners. Instead, look for a professional who is friendly but maintains a professional demeanor and gives honest estimates.

Choosing the best basement waterproofing contractors can be a stressful undertaking, especially if you only discover you need one after you begin dealing with a flooded basement. However, it is important not to rush your decision and to choose skilled professionals. By doing your research and taking the time to make an informed decision, you can be sure to pick the best waterproofing contractor in your area.

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This post was written by Jane Azzinaro