5 Tips to Hire a Basement Waterproofing Contractor

Written by Damian Riccitelli of Basement Waterproofing Specialists
Updated September 23, 2013
Pipe being installed in basement floor.
Having several different contractors show you the material they will use when waterproofing your basement is an essential part of the decision-making process. (Photo courtesy of Angi member Helen T. of Atlanta)

What in the world is basement waterproofing? It turns out you start to learn a lot about this practice when you realize you need it.

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There is an incredible volume of free information out there on the multitude of ways to remedy basement problems, but which contractor should you hire? Waterproofing basement walls and floors is a complex and expensive job, and you should select your professional carefully. Below are five ways to know you’re hiring the best basement waterproofing professional for the job, whether it's an interior or exterior basement waterproofing solution.

1. Credentials and reviews

First, when hiring any home improvement contractor, you should make sure they can provide you substantiation that they are currently and properly bonded, insured and licensed in your state. 

Further, it helps to do the same with building association memberships, as contractors are often held to a set of standards within those memberships. Finally, read Angi reviews on the provider to aid in your own decision on whether that contractor is the best for you. 

2. Structure lifetime transferable warranty

That’s what you want to see in the contract. This is extremely important because it will ensure that the contractor you hire will be held to task if the work needs any kind of attention down the road. 

Also, be sure the sump pumps are guaranteed for life and are no charge except for installation, if you don’t feel comfortable installing one yourself. Moreover, be careful with contracts that seem wordy. Contacts should be short and to the point. 

3. Quality basement waterproofing materials

The inspectors should bring small samples of just what type of materials they intend to install in your home. This is another reason why it is always clever to collect multiple estimates from several different contractors. 

By doing this, there is an excellent chance to compare the materials each contractor intends on using and discern which is superior for your needs and wants. Perforated PVC pipe with some form of sock resting on a lay drain (permeable pad) on top of clean stone is chiefly considered to be an example of the best internal basement waterproofing system materials.

4. Conservative pricing

Have a solid understanding of what you truly need in your basement and seek the reasonable expense. Avoid being sold the mountain when all you justly need is the molehill, if it warrants. Basement waterproofing can be a costly undertaking, but don't pay more than you need to. 

5. Ask questions

Perform the primary research, but also conduct an extensive interview. Never forget that you are the hiring client. You are utterly entitled to having all of your questions answered to your liking, both before and after the project is complete.

Lastly, you’ll know for certain you’ve hired the best when you feel compelled to recommend your contractor to others. 

About this Experts Contributor

Damian Riccitelli is the general manager of Basement Waterproofing Specialists, providing basement waterproofing services in Philadelphia. Since 2009, Basement Waterproofing Specialists have provided crawl space and basement waterproofing, foundation and structural repair, drainage systems and more. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @BasementH2OPS.

As of September 23, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angi. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angi for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angi.

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