A big question on the minds of most homeowners when it comes to basement waterproofing is, how much is this going to cost me? Perhaps you’ve been putting it off because you have heard horror stories in the past that it would cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Well, I know just how you feel because that is what we thought before we starting getting several estimates. Here’s a look at what you can expect when it comes to waterproofing a basement.
First, I would recommend finding out where the source of the water is at in your basement. By that I mean, is it only a moisture or condensation problem? Or is it water actually seeping in from the walls or the floor? This will help you determine which route to take in getting it repaired.
For example, a condensation problem can be cured by getting a basement dehumidifier in most cases. It will also help remove that old musty smell. The cost there could be anywhere from $ 200 up to around $ 1000 for a very large unit designed for basements with lots of square footage.
Basement Waterproofing Paint
For minor water seepage through basement walls you can try a quick fix, which is a waterproofing paint designed specifically for basements. The cost is generally in the $ 20-$ 30 a gallon range for a decent product.
The thing to remember here is to be sure and thoroughly clean the walls and apply multiple coats. One coat will not work. But even with multiple coats, don’t expect miracles here. In most cases it is just a cover up for larger issues that need to be addressed with more thorough methods.
Drain Tiles And A Sump Pump
For more aggressive water problems you are going to need to use drain tiles and a sump pump to keep the basement dry when it rains. The drain tiles will run all along the walls of your basement and divert water to the drain where the sump pump will pump it outside the home.
This is the only way to basically guarantee a dry basement, but it is also the most expensive. You can do it yourself is you have access to the tools and equipment, as well as the capability to do. Costs can range anywhere from around $ 3000 and up depending on the size of your home.
Naturally, you can hire it done through a basement waterproofing contractor. Costs here will depend on a number of things from the size of your basement to the type of materials you want to use, etc. It can range from around $ 8,000-$ 15,000 per 1,000 square feet. The advantage here of course is that you do not have to do any of the work, and it will be guaranteed for life in most instances.
I would recommend trying a number of do it yourself methods if the problem is very minor or it is simply a condensation issue. For bigger water problems you would most likely be better off calling several companies and getting estimates for the work. Estimates are free and it can help you decide on the best course of action for your particular home.