Frequently Asked Questions

I never had a wet basement before; why now?
Sometimes it is because there have been some significant changes near your property such as: "the removal of the big tree in the side yard," adding a patio to the back of the house, or the big new developement up the hill.

What are some simple things I can do to correct or improve my wet basement?
Although simple, these things can help. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and flowing. Extend downspouts away from the house. Fill in any low spots around the foundation with clean fill. Cover your window wells and adjust the grading around the home to take surface water away.

When a waterproofing system is installed must all the walls be done?
Actually the problem is usually not every basement wall. Walls and areas which are not part of the problem do not have to be included in the system.

What is the white, powdery, whispy stuff on my basement walls? Is it dangerous?
No. In most cases it is only soil or building block mineral content leaching through as an effervescence.

I have water coming through a wall crack in my basement; could it fall down?
Water through a wall crack is correctable as cracks in concrete and massonry are common. Normally a crack in the wall does not affect the structural integrity of the wall.

Is a battery back up system necessary?
Not always. Some people claim they never lose power (or if they do itis quickly restored). Something to remember is that such a system can be added at any time.

Is there an ideal size / horsepower for a sump pump?
Usually 1/3 to 1/2 horsepower is sufficient. For the average size basement or waterproofing system these will suffice.

Why is there such a difference in price by the waterproofers who provide estimates?
Sometimes the price can really vary. If you are talking about basically the same plan to fix the problem then big cost differences can simply be due to a company's overhead or their desired profit margin.

Why is waterproofing so expensive?
Usually the materials used to complete a job are inexpensive. However, the costs for labor can add up. As an example: a job that takes 12 hours to complete, multiplied by 4 experienced workers, equals 48 man hours.

Do all new homes being built have waterproofing systems?
They should. An experienced builder knows that to put a system in during construction is quick and inexpensive.

My basement floor is dry but often the block walls appear damp. What can be done?
Sometimes by directing your efforts to outside improvements dampness can be improved or corrected. There are also clear, paintable, penetrating seal which can be applied to the wall to correct the problem.

Must I remove drywall and paneling before a system is installed?
No. A skilled and experienced waterproofer can install a complete system without disturbing the finished walls.

Why is my basement wet while my neighbors on each side remain dry?
The problem could be "the lay of the land" and your property is at the low or collection point. Also, sometimes natural elements deep below such as an underground stream could be the cause.