What to Expect with Basement Waterproofing
What to Expect with Basement Waterproofing
You did your research, found the right basement waterproofing contractor, and signed the contract…now you want to know what to expect with basement waterproofing. We are here to help! Many homeowners feel uneasy about their upcoming basement waterproofing project. Some common concerns that we hear are: How big of a mess will it cause? How long is this project going to disrupt my home? Will there be a lot of dust? How much noise can I expect? Will the noise scare my dog? Our goal in this article is to address some of those common concerns and hopefully put your mind at ease so you can feel fully prepared for your upcoming project.
Is It Going to Make a Big Mess?
During any construction process, it is normal for things to be a bit out of sorts for the duration of the project. If your project involves interior basement waterproofing, as part of the process, we must break up concrete with a jackhammer along the perimeter of the basement. Therefore, a good amount of dust will be stirred up and unfortunately this cannot be completely avoided.
Keeping the Dust Under Control
What do we do to try to counteract this? As part of our process, we make efforts to cover your belongings with plastic sheeting. We also work to keep the areas where we enter and exit the basement clean and free of debris. This may mean putting plastic or another material down on the floors and steps to properly cover them. This not only helps keep the floors clean, but also prevents any scratches or damage. Sometimes, despite our best efforts to keep dust under control, a small amount may be left behind during the process. If you have high value items in your basement or irreplaceable family heirlooms, it may be best to secure these in a different location for the duration of the project. We do have a rigorous cleanup process and we try and make sure our customers are fully satisfied before we leave.
To learn about the step by step process of interior basement waterproofing, click here.
Is My Yard Going to Be a Disaster?
What if you have an exterior basement waterproofing project? What should you expect with basement waterproofing then? Well, the best first step is familiarizing yourself with the process of exterior waterproofing. You can learn about exterior basement waterproofing systems by clicking here. During the course of waterproofing on the exterior, we must dig along your foundation wall on the outside. We do this with a piece of machinery. If you have landscaping along the foundation, we will have to move it. While we cannot guarantee the survival of landscaping, we do make every effort to place them back once we backfill. During the process, we take all safety precautions necessary to ensure that our customers as well as our employees stay out of harms way.
Why Bother Waterproofing from the Outside?
Some waterproofing companies will tell you that it is not necessary to waterproof from the outside and that it makes too much of a mess. But when the job is done correctly by a skilled expert, there is no reason why your yard cannot be put properly back in place with little indication that any work was ever done. Additionally, some basements must be waterproofed on the exterior if you really want to address the root of the problem and keep the basement dry permanently. So it’s important to remember the reason for doing the waterproofing and the good outcome that will come as a result.
How Much Noise Can I Expect?
Unfortunately, there is no way to break up concrete quietly. We must use a jackhammer and jackhammers are noisy. The noise will come and go while our worker’s are completing this portion of the project. If you have dogs or young children that are highly sensitive to noise, please notify the job foreman and request a warning before they begin jackhammering.
What About After the Project is Completed?
Once the project is finished, the job foreman will check in with you to explain any last minute details. He will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions. He will leave you with all the necessary paperwork for your project. You will receive a guarantee to go along with your waterproofing system. Our company does not charge a yearly maintenance fee. You do not have to “register” your warranty online or jump through hoops to receive the warranty.
A Final Word
We hope this article helps you to prepare for your project and gives you a better idea of what to expect with basement waterproofing. We want to assure you that our crew will make every effort to make your project as painless as possible. Our company has numerous online reviews where we have received commendation for the way we conduct our jobs. Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about our company as well as our process.
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