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Basement Waterproofing Advice

Nine steps to a dry basement:
  1. Try going down the ten steps into someone else's basement where they took the time and trouble to find out what the causes and practical guaranteed remedies were.
  2. Determine as precisely as possible the major point of entry of the seepage.
  3. Examine the exterior area for sources of water such as loose soil, reverse grading toward the house instead of away from it, drainage from downspouts or higher ground areas, plumbing or pipes- especially if they were installed after the original construction of the house, run-off from roofs and gutters.
  4. If any of these conditions are the suspects, and you undertake fixing the situation, monitor the basement in the usually wet areas to see if there has been any diminishing effect.
  5. If so, try more of the same.
  6. Assuming the wet problems are what are normally called 'high water table' or hydrostatic pressure, look into installation of a 'pressure relief system' or interior French drains.
  7. If you are not extremely handy or are 'tool handling deficient', call in several professional waterproofers after checking their standing with the local Better Business Bureau or Consumer Protection Bureau.
  8. Compare and assess their suggestions and recommendations with your common sense and pocket book and ask for local referrals.
  9. Only sign a contract, which is fully detailed and allows you to make your own decision rather than with hasty 'do-it-right-now' pressure.