The majority of homes on the east coast and mid west have basements. This is because they tend to have natural disasters which drive homeowners into a safe place of refuge. When purchasing a home in one of these regions, a homeowner will more likely than not buy a home with a basement. If a homeowner lives in the pacific or pacific northwest, their home will more likely than not, have a basement in their home. If a homeowner has their home custom made, that is when a basement will be included in their home building plans. With this said, west coast homeowner’s, for the most part, will not have to worry about the maintenance of their basement. East coast and mid west homeowners, on the other hand, need to maintain and use their basements more often.
Homeowners who have lived in their home, with basement, for years, or homeowners purchasing a brand new home with basement need to keep in mind that basements need to be taken care of like the rest of the home. Whether the basement is used for storage or entertaining purposes, the walls and flooring of any basement needs to be maintained and waterproofed. A homeowner can live in, what they think, is a dry area, but when it rains, it usually pours. As the rain comes down, if a basement is not fully waterproofed, the home and homeowner will pay a hefty price. This is why finding a basement waterproofing contractor, to do the job right the first time, is an important investment in a home.
Being a responsible homeowner means taking care of the whole home, including rooms which might not be used that much. This is especially true for basements. It is always better to be prepared than caught off guard during rough weather or whatever life throws a homeowners way. With this said, looking for a reputable, seasoned and reliable basement waterproofing contractor, should not be done in one day. It is not wise to go with the first company or person you see in the telephone directory or through an online website.
Just like you would shop around, or get a second or third opinion, on a medical condition, this also applies to home improvements or repairs. It is smarter to pay a contractor, to do the job correctly the first time, instead of wasting time and finances, using an incompetent basement waterproofing contractor. If the price of having a contractor come to your home is the most important, you will want to get estimates on equipment, materials and labor for the potential project at hand. The best thing to do is always get the work you need done, in writing. If it is not in writing, there is no way to contest it, if need be.
Finally, as the basement waterproofing contractor what type of waterproofing sealant will be used. There are different sealants for whatever needs to be sealed. The inside being sealed is as important as the outside walls. Various sealants can be a primer, a liquid rubber, a plastic paint for the floors and an interior/exterior acrylic latex paint. These are products the homeowner might want to discuss with their contractor. If the homeowner sounds knowledgeable, they will not be taken advantage of either.