Unfortunately there are many misconceptions and myths floating around about waterproofing a basement. We discuss four myths that are among the most common in the waterproofing industry.
Myth #1 – Waterproofing will not stop a basement leak
When a homeowner has a water problem they can elect to make a repair or resolve the problem. In some cases the homeowner may decide to fix the leak without installing a complete waterproofing system. The waterproofing contractor will guarantee their work but that doesn’t stop the water from leaking into the basement from a wall on the other side of the room. A good basement waterproofing company will help the homeowner understand the repair work that will be done and the risks of not installing a complete foundation waterproofing system.
Myth #2 – Black tar paint is a sufficient waterproofing method
In actuality black tar paint is not waterproofing. Black tar paint may keep some of the vapor out but on its own it will not protect you basement from water leaks. Waterproofing systems are made up of several different components that together they will protect your basement from water getting in and if it does get in that it will quickly be pumped back out.
Myth #3 – There is only one solution for waterproofing your basement
One of the biggest misconceptions homeowners have about basement waterproofing is that there is a single solution that corrects every problem. The reality is that every home is different – the soil, the grading, the water table, the climate and the drainage around the home. Each of these can contribute to the problem. Because of all these variables there are different solutions and waterproofing systems. The key to the success of your homes waterproofing project is understanding the root of the problem and then devising a solution.
Myth #4 – Basement waterproofing will be expensive
As we discussed above every job is a little different so the costs will vary from situation to situation. Most homeowners think that they will need to get a second mortgage on their home to cover the cost. The average basement of about 1500 square feet will cost around $10,000 to install a complete waterproofing system. Keep in mind that these are averages and the actual cost will depend on your homes unique situation and the scope of the work.
When you need to hire a Boston basement waterproofing contractor make sure you ask them to explain the problem, the solution and if it is a repair or complete waterproofing system. It is always a good idea to get a couple of quotes, ask a lot of questions and make sure you understand the work they will be performing.