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The Best Foundation Waterproofing? 5 Things To Consider

Apr 26, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.


If you’ve noticed seepage in your basement and are wondering what is the best way to handle it, this article is for you.  With so many options to pick from, it can be difficult to sort through them to decide on the best foundation waterproofing method.  This is why we are recommending 5 things to consider before making a selection.  Keep these in mind and it should be clear which one is best for your individual situation. 

5 Considerations When Picking Your Best Foundation Waterproofing Option

As you read through these, prioritize how important each one is to you.  This can help you narrow down the options to the one you most prefer.

This might seem unnecessary to consider if you believe there are only certain ways to do waterproofing, that all the ways are effective, and every contractor uses the exact same products and methods.  The truth is, many of the waterproofing businesses currently in Chicagoland are using methods and products we pioneered, but that we’ve since discontinued because they didn’t consistently work.  Be sure you understand the method a contractor is proposing and ask for a dozen customer references you can contact who have used that method with satisfactory results.

Much like modern surgery, some of the best foundation waterproofing methods available today are less invasive than older methods.  For example, there are several ways to fix a vertical crack in your poured concrete foundation if it’s hidden behind a finished basement.  The least disruptive can be done on the outside.  It’s as simple as digging a hole no wider than a bucket, using sodium bentonite and elastomeric membrane, then calling it a day.  Why allow some company to dig up a much larger portion of your garden to fix that same crack?  (Typically cracks aren’t much wider than a piece of string.)  Make sure you understand what’s involved in a company’s proposed repair.  It can save you a lot of headaches, inconvenience and expense if you can avoid outdated and unnecessarily disruptive home repair processes.

Remember what the world renown speaker, Zig Ziglar says about cost versus price. Price is what you pay initially, but cost is what you end up paying in the long run.  This is particularly important to remember if you are tempted to use a low priced company and neglect to check them out on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau or Google reviews.  The initial check you write might be lower, but it won’t be the last one you’ll write if you have to put your home or garden back together or if you purchase a solution from a company that requires regular revisits because their solution isn’t maintenance free.

Most foundation waterproofing repair methods have a complement.  Whether it’s crack repair, cove joint seepage or top of foundation problems, there are ways to treat it from either the inside or the outside.  So which should you pick?  A good rule of thumb is if you are waterproofing a finished basement, fixing it from the outside will usually be better.  And if the basement is empty with bare walls but the outside is beautifully landscaped, inside would be more desirable.  If you have custom finishes in the basement and expensive landscaping lining your home, be aware you’re going to have a tough decision picking inside over the outside, or visa versa.

How you plan to use your below ground space in the future is something to consider when looking for waterproofing.  You may not have a major seepage problem now, but if you have any size problem, it indicates your foundation is susceptible to movement and cracking.  And once you cover over the walls with framing, insulation, and drywall, the next time you’ll be able to discover new movement and cracking is when it seeps through your nice basement finishes.  If you are planning to remodel your basement, think seriously about the benefits of preventative measures to handle current and possible future seepage issues.

There you have the 5 things to consider when picking your best foundation waterproofing option.  And here’s number 6.  Consider contacting us when you’re weighing your options. We will give you an honest assessment of the pros and cons for each option in light of your situation.  Together we can find the best foundation waterproofing solution to fit your needs.

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