How to Deal with a Wet Basement
A wet basement can result from myriad causes. It can be a result of flood damages, accumulated dampness from years of improper maintenance, or a result of a leaking plumbing system. Regardless of the cause, it is imperative that you handle the situation as early as possible. In absence of immediate attention, the situation can get worse, to the point where you will face pests and insects attack in the damp areas, weaker house foundation, and even crumbling of walls in some areas of the house.
Hiring a professional waterproofing service is a sensible idea to deal with this type of tricky situation (unless you are prepared to buy all the necessary equipments and read a ton of self-help books to take care of the project yourself!).
The situation needs to be handled in a strategic way. Not only will the professional service help you to scrape off the wet surface areas and reconfigure waterproofing but they will also take inventory of the rotten objects in the area. It is common for basements to be used as storage spaces. As a result, it is very common for boxes, old cartons and other stored stuff to get affected by the increasing damp and dark environment of the wet basement.
Some of these objects might be salvageable while some have to be discarded. Your professional waterproofing contractors will help you decide on the choices and remove all traces of rot from the basement. They will then focus on removing the wet patches on the wall and floors. Adding new drywall and plastering the floor are the basic preliminaries before they start working on waterproofing the whole space.
Choosing a waterproofing service solution from around your area will reduce any startup costs due to transportation. In addition, this will make sure that the entire project is wrapped up faster. Check whether your waterproofing contract company has their own work force to handle the project or whether they are hiring outside labor. Remember, since it is your house, it is important to check on every new personnel associated with the project. In addition, you must confirm that the work force and the main contractor have the proper credentials and experience levels to handle the interior systems of your particular basement.
Compare the various price quotes and experiences of the many waterproofing contractors in your area before you make a choice. This is a good way to ensure you get the best quality service at the most affordable bargains. However, do not compromise on any of the aspects of the project. Since, you are bringing in trained professionals in to the basement, it is only sensible to make sure there are no aspects unchecked during the project. This will probably mean a higher initial cost.
However, you will save up on lower dividends on the next maintenance sessions for the basement. You can check with your contractor if they provide annual or bi-annual maintenance contracts for the basements (there is a chance you might get a bargain price on the annual maintenance contract since they worked on the initial complete waterproofing).
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