There are many things in life that most people would prefer to live without. Bills, working, and a flooded basement are a few of these things. Well, fortunately, the basement is something you can take care of periodically in order to prevent flooding. Most of the processes used in making sure your basement is water tight are fairly simple. Check your basement for pools of watering the floor or moisture on the walls, paying special attention to areas near a water heater, water pipes, or any other place where water can seep in, such as a window or the roof. These things could lead to structural damage, costly repairs, and a ruined space in your home.
So, what steps can a person take to prevent their basement from turning into a wet mess? The most common method of doing so is to seal your basement. There are many ways for someone to seal their basement, many of which are fairly inexpensive and easy to do by yourself. Insulate water pipes, seal all of the cracks and crevices in the room, keeping windows closed, and pointing water spouts away from the foundation of the house are the most common ways for an individual to prevent leaking in their home.
Let’s say, however, that there is too much moisture in your basement. Looks like it is time to seal it. For most jobs of this nature, an experienced professional is extremely recommended. The venture will be costly, but well worth it in the end. There are a few different options when deciding how to seal your basement. One of the more common methods, although one of the more expensive, is to excavate the ground around the walls of your basement and coating the walls in waterproof material. This process itself is not so complicated, assuming that the area being excavated is clear of pavement, asphalt, and other things of that nature.
The over all cost of sealing a persons basement is hard to price. There are many factors that determine the cost, including the contractor, the size of the basement, the sealing method you choose, and how much damage is already done to the structure itself. Although an average is hard to estimate, for small projects, one can expect anywhere from $300 to about $2000, and for extreme cases, anywhere from $2000 to $20,000.
A wet basement is nothing fun. Although some methods of sealing your basement are costly, the over all census is to take care of your walls, windows, and pipes, or the repair costs could be astronomical.