Basement and Crawlspace Waterproofing and Selecting the Right Contractor

by Dale Pollard - Date: 2007-02-26 - Word Count: 396 Share This!

There are as many waterproofing contractors now days as there are leaves on a tree. Does that mean that waterproofing is a lucrative business? Of course it is. The amount you pay for a waterproofing job can depend upon numerous variables. If your are selecting a system that is installed beneath the floor around the perimeter of the interior walls then the thickness of the floor is a variable. The thicker the floor the longer the job and consequently the greater the labor cost. Some waterproofing contractors pay their installers by the day. That may vary from $60.00 - 100.00 per day. Actually the material cost for these types of systems is relatively low when compared to the overall price one might pay.

Interior waterproofing systems are usually priced by the linear foot. Prices can range from $50.00 - 100.00 per linear foot. Many waterproofing contractors do not have standardized pricing in a book for the homeowner to look at. That is because prices vary greatly from area to area. If you are considering a project in your home you should ask for a breakdown of the contract. Then there is the exterior sub grade system that is designed to basically catch the water on the outside of your walls.

Generally speaking this type of system is usually not as expensive as the interior model. There are a few rules of thumb that you should always apply when considering which contractor to give your business to. Here are some of the things which you should seriously consider: their length of time in business, their company credentials, the number of complaints that have been filed against them at the BBB and the bad business bureau. That's right...the Bad Business Bureau. They have an interesting site where folks tell it like it is.

Another very valuable resource is Angie's List. Always make sure whatever contractor you select has all the necessary insurance to cover his work and your home. Make sure they also carry workmen's compensation. Always require no less than three referrals. Ask if they have a physical address in your area or if their number is actually an RCF line. This can matter when it comes to service calls. There are many types of waterproofing systems available.

Just remember to take your time and consider all of your options before signing on the dotted line. I hope this article has helped you.

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