Importance of Basement Waterproofing Costs
Understanding the Cost of Basement Waterproofing in the Cleveland Metro Area
Thinking of finishing your basement? Before you contact a contractor or price out the building materials necessary to get it done, you’ll want to assess the overall health of the foundation. And here’s why:
On average, it can cost anywhere between $30 and $50 per square foot to finish a basement, and these costs can escalate even higher if you want to add a bathroom, specialty lighting or other advanced features. On average, it’s estimated that basements cost about $30,000 to finish. Noting this, why would you take a chance on a poor foundation and risk your basement flooding out and ruining things?
How to Check Your Basement for Issues
Some basement issues are much more obvious than others, and they’re often evidenced by visible water intrusion after heavy rain or after the spring thaw occurs. Other issues may need an expert to properly diagnose. You can help check your basement for issues by simply taking a walk down there after a significant rainfall to see if there are any visible signs of water, but that shouldn’t be the only thing that you do to determine whether or not your basement may have issues. Here’s a look at some other things to look out for:
- Cracks: Even the smallest crack or fracture in the walls or floor could give way to water intrusion in the future. When water saturates the soil and pushes up against the foundation of your home, it will almost always find a way into your home if the opportunity is there. Cracks help provide that opportunity.
- Smell: Your sense of sight is important when assessing basement issues, but so too is your sense of smell. If you’re hit with a musky, musty smell upon entering your basement, it’s likely the sign that there’s mold growth. And in order for mold to grow, it needs the right combination of humidity and moisture.
- Stains: Look for any signs of water staining in your basement, as this is a sign that there was a water intrusion problem in the past. And if it has happened in the past and wasn’t addressed, there’s the chance that it can happen again.
If you think you have a moisture problem in your basement or just want to have your foundation assessed by a credible professional before you move to finish it, contact us today.
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Don’t risk the expense of having to hire a professional restoration contractor, something that often isn’t covered by a conventional homeowner’s insurance policy, to restore a flooded basement. This could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the additional expense of fixing the root cause of the flooding and replacing all the items, equipment and materials lost in the flood. Take preventative action before you finish your basement. We have a bevy of permanent waterproofing solutions available for your basement to give you peace of mind the next time there’s heavy rain or inclement weather coming. Contact us today for more information.