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Basement Waterproofing Systems - What to Look for

Jacques Bouchard

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A basement waterproofing system is a much larger investment than what you spend on the system. When you choose to install a sump pump and perimeter drainage system like old-fashioned French drain or one of the new perimeter drain innovations in the field, you're not just investing in the system. You're also investing in everything that you keep in the basement from that point on that could be damaged by flooding. And a basement is a huge section of your home- an entire floor of space!

This is too important a job to rush. When installing a basement waterproofing system, ask yourself these questions:

1. Does my basement waterproofing contractor specialize in the field?
Plumbers and carpenters may offer to install a waterproofing system in your basement for you. But this makes about as much sense as having a landscaper do your plumbing: it's not what they specialize in. Instead of hiring someone to improvise the job, find a qualified basement waterproofing contractor to help you install a quality system.

2. Is my basement waterproofing contractor part of an established business?
50% of home improvement contractors have their business fail in the first five years. What does this mean for you? If you purchase a basement waterproofing system and it fails, you may not be able to count on your contractor to be there to stand by their work. You need a contractor who has a long-established business or is part of a network of waterproofing contractors so you know that there'll always be someone available to help you.

3. Will my system be made out of quality products?
Many plumbers and unreliable basement waterproofing contractors will cut costs on your basement waterproofing system by installing plastic sump pumps and old-fashioned French drains that can clog and cause your system to fail. Find a company with patented and award-winning products that have been long-proven on the marketplace as the best in the business. If you install a sump pump, it should be cast-iron and come with a large sump pump liner so your system is sure to be long-lasting.

4. Make sure your system comes installed with an extra line of protection.
What will you do if your power goes out, your sump pump fails, or the system is overwhelmed? Make sure you have an extra line of defense before you need it. Battery backup sump pumps, backup sump pumps, and sump pump alarms come with the best sump pump products on the market. If you install a battery backup sump pump, make sure that it has the charge you'll need to keep your basement dry long enough for the power to return without the system failing you.

There's a wide variety of quality among different basement waterproofing contractors. Make sure the one you use is the best available so your basement stays dry all the time. At Basement Systems, our basement waterproofing contractors are available across the United States, Canada, and the UK. We offer written warranties, patented and award-winning products, and the best battery backups and sump pump alarms on the market. Written estimates, free no-obligations consultations, and a complimentary 90-page full-color basement waterproofing guide are all a phone call away!

Jacques Bouchard
Basement Systems
Total Basement Finishing
60 Silvermine Road
Seymour, CT 06483
800-541-0487 x9335


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