Spend enough time in the company of people who own older homes with older basements and you might begin to dread the day your basement finally springs a leak.
Statistically speaking, you have a 60 percent chance of this happening to you.
Moisture in the basement is quite common for any number of reasons, only some of which you can control.
Luckily, there is a way to control basement waterproofing cost. When you learn the early warning signs your basement sends out to alert you to a moisture problem, you can act before the problem becomes a major repair and expense.
Prevention Is Cost-Effective!
If you are in the process of building a new home that will have a basement, you can build in eternal peace of mind by including full exterior or interior basement waterproofing as part of the job.
Taking a preventative approach may cost you a bit more now, but it can save you a bundle later and increase the potential resale value of your home when you are ready to sell.
Common Basement Moisture Issues and Their Causes
Here is a brief overview of the most commonly reported basement moisture issues and their likely causes.
This is particularly problematic with older homes. The basement is no spring chicken, and chances are good it has formed micro-fissures or cracks over the years.
Topography changes can worsen any structural degradation as the years pass. Changing water table levels, shifting soil, surrounding construction that re-routes or overburdens drainage systems and similar issues can also change how easily water finds its way into your basement.
When the ground shifts, this can wreak havoc with your home’s grading, causing water to flow back toward your foundation instead of away from it.
Failing sump pump
Sump systems, like all major equipment, have a time-sensitive useful life. Over time, your sump pump may struggle to keep up with the demands of its job.
We have all seen how global warming and climate change is also changing our weather patterns, often intensifying storms and increasing rainfall.
This in turn can create more water pressure (hydrostatic pressure) on your basement walls and foundation as water fights to find a way in, causing dampness, then seepage, then outright leaks and standing water.
Structural wear and tear
Whether you have a poured concrete foundation or a concrete brick foundation, natural settling and mortar degradation are two common reasons moisture or water finds its way inside your basement.
Window well drains that clog up or become compromised can cause nearly as much damage as an outright flood—those wells can hold a surprising amount of water that has nowhere else to go once the drain becomes blocked.
Frozen drainage lines are another common reason why window wells, sump pumps and other protective systems can’t do their job of keeping water out of your basement space.
Control What You Can To Keep Water Out
Here are some things you can do to prevent moisture and water leaks in your basement.
Maintain your gutters, downspouts and drainage system
A well-maintained drainage system with effective downspouts and clean, clear gutters is better able to do its job of routing water away from your basement.
This includes maintaining window wells as best you can, access permitting.
Evaluate your landscaping and grading
Choosing the right landscaping and ensuring your grading is appropriately lower than your home’s foundation can prevent further basement moisture and lessen existing issues.
Install a backup sump pump
Whether your sump pump is brand-new, middle-aged or nearing its golden years, giving it a little extra support in the form of a back-up sump pump system can potentially save you thousands of dollars in basement flooding and mould clean-up and repair.
Installing a portable dehumidifier in your basement can extract excess moisture and prevent mould and mildew from forming. Installing exhaust vents where appropriate (especially if you do laundry in your basement) can also be a cost-effective preventative measure.
Insulating and sealing your basement
Adding insulation and sealing your basement floor, walls and ceiling can keep excess moisture out and aid in humidity and temperature balancing year-round.
Controlling Basement Waterproofing Cost
Basement waterproofing can be accomplished in a number of ways. There are both exterior and interior treatments.
Some treatments are permanent and preventative, while others are more like Band-Aids or stop-gap measures.
These variances can mean that gathering quotes from contractors quickly becomes an exercise in confusion and frustration.
When you get two or three quotes with vastly different pricing, chances are good this is because each contractor is recommending a different type of waterproofing treatment. This is when you want to sit down with someone knowledgeable and trustworthy who can help you sort through your options and select the best, most cost-effective treatment.
Exterior basement waterproofing is typically reserved for new construction or major structural issues that likely will also require other invasive repairs. When the recommended basement treatment comes with a major price tag (in the tens of thousands of dollars), you are likely looking at a quote for exterior waterproofing.
Interior basement waterproofing is generally recommended for an existing basement with ongoing issues with humidity, moisture, odour and minor leaks.
This service can often be done for as little as a third of the price of an exterior treatment, with the average nationwide fee ranging from $2,000 and up.
Higher quotes often include recommended repairs, such as repairing cracks, sealing leaks and improving drainage and downspouts.
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