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|Be sure you recognize the origin of your water seepage. If you don't have water coming up through the middle of your basement floor, then don't bust up the floor to fix the leakage. There are several systems that relieve hydrostatic pressure without jackhammers trenching through the basement floor or having to haul mud and gravel in and out of your home. Hollow baseboards adhered to the floor along the wall can act as a barrier, collecting water from weep holes tapped into the blocks where the floor and wall meet. Water travels along the hollow baseboards to a drain or sump-pump. This method could save you hundreds of dollars over an unneeded sub-floor system.|
|Choose A Waterproofing Contractor Carefully
A properly applied waterproof barrier may prevent the water form seeping through the wall, but allow it to seep deeper into the ground until it finally comes through around the footer or basement floor. Thus, it is critical that a knowledgeable and competent contractor evaluate the problem.
Deal with a waterproofing company that has a good reputation in the community, one that has been in business in the same area for several years, and depends on the satisfaction of it's customers. Find out if the company is bonded, licensed and certified (where applicable).
Also, find out if the company trains it's workforce through apprenticeships or other training programs.
Beware of salespersons or contractors who ask for large payments in advance. Reliable contractors generally do not require more than a minimal down payment.
Obtain written estimates from at least three contractors. Compare the cost of the work to be done, the quality of materials to be used, and the cost of financing the work.
Insist that each estimate include the cost of materials and labor and a statement of exactly what the contractor will do and how long the work will take.
Check each contractor's reliability with the local Better Business Bureau, previous customers, and friends who have dealt with the same problem.
Tips To Remember
After selecting a contractor to do the work, ask for a written contract in accordance with the estimate. Read this contract carefully before you sign it. Make sure you understand its contents. If you have a question, ask an attorney to review the contract for you.
The contract should include the following:
1. The contractor's name, address, telephone number.
2.A full description of the work to be done and a list of the materials to be used.
3.A definite date on which work will start and the length of time for completion.
4.A provision that no change in plans or specifications may be made without the homeowner's written approval.
5.A requirement that the contractor will obtain any necessary permits or licenses to assure the homeowner that building codes will not be violated.
6. Details of payment -- the down payment, monthly payments, number of payments, the total finance costs, and annual percentage rate. The annual percentage rate is your key to comparing costs for the lowest rate.
7.A statement that the contractor is responsible for insuring his employees against possible injury on the job.
8.A warranty or guarantee with all conditions spelled out. For example, if what the contractor provides doesn't solve the water problem, what is the company obligated to do and what are the alternatives?
9. The contractor's signature and local or state licensing number, if licensing is required.
If you plan to finance the work and the contract terms could give the contractor a lien, mortgage on other security interest on your home, or if you are solicited by a door-to-door salesperson, make sure the contract contains a provision allowing you to cancel within three business days after signing it without penalty.
When signing the contract, make sure that all blanks are filled in, and that it contains everything the contractor promised. Do not rely on oral guarantees.
Make sure you have a copy of the written contract, signed by both parties, should you have trouble with the contractor later.
If and when the contractor requests your signature on a completion certificate, inspect the job carefully to see that the work has been done satisfactory, before signing.
Even if the job is finished, do not sign the completion certificate if you have a valid complaint about the work. It is not unreasonable, for basement waterproofing work, to delay signing until after heavy rains have come, or a specified period of time has elapsed.
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