Clint Miller Exterminating Moisture Control
  • Dec 15, 2020
The Dangers of DIY Basement Waterproofing


While waterproofing the basement on your own may seem like a simple project, there are a several things that must be addressed to ensure waterproofing is done properly for health and home safety reasons. One of the problems is improper prepping, such as not using the proper materials, that allows water to seep in causing water damage and moisture that leads to mold and rot. Another danger concerns the soil and whether it contains radon and if the gas has access to the basement through cracks and crevices. If the basement is being completed refinished, there are specific codes in place regarding windows that must be followed. The EPA also notes the air quality in the basement needs to be clean and safe to breathe. Because there are many steps to consider, it is best to secure the services of basement waterproofing specialists. 


Basement Waterproofing Systems

For homes or businesses with a basement, over time, problems can become visibly apparent such as pooling water on the floor, streaks on the walls, condensation on the windows, damp walls, peeling paint, and mold and mildew. Whether the basement in your home or business is showing signs of water problems in the basement or you want to get a head start on preventing future issues, there is a system that professionals use that include the use of basement waterproofing products and processes. Examples include tear-resistant vapor liners, creating a moisture barrier, applying waterproof-paint to the walls, and installing water-resistant wall board, and water-resistant flooring. To take care of cracks and crevices, the use of a basement waterproofing sealer, such as hydraulic cement, fills and expands within the opening and sets quickly. A proper drainage system for all window wells is also part of the process to support a dry basement.


Basement Waterproofing Cost

When the question of how to waterproof my basement is on your mind, one of the things to consider is the cost. While considering doing a DIY basement waterproofing project on your own, it may be more cost effective to have it done professionally. By using the services of basement waterproofing specialists, you'll have the peace of mind knowing it is done correctly from start to finish and the work will be covered by a warranty. 

The cost of a waterproofing project can vary depending on which processes are needed and the size of the project. How the cost is determined may be calculated based on the square footage or it may be based on the entirety of the project. A general estimation based on a 1,000 square-foot basement can cost a little over $4,000 or more with per square-foot pricing ranging from $3 to $9. Addressing drainage issues that are causing water problems in the basement can average between $2,000 to $6,000. If the water problems are minor requiring a few general repairs and sealing cracks, the cost is less expensive averaging $1,500. 


Contact Clint Miller Exterminating

When the basement in your home, business, or other property needs updating or repair due to water issues, use the services of the basement waterproofing specialists at Clint Miller Exterminating. Doing business for more than 30 years, the locally owned and operated company has the experience you need to prevent water damage to your basement. At the end of the day, when it comes to cost, you can save by allowing our experienced technicians to do the job. We have the knowledge and experience to know what to look for that is causing the problem and how to fix it correctly to ensure a dry basement. When you need an estimate, call our specialists first to schedule a free inspection



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