Frequently Asked Questions About Leaky Basements

There is a lot to know when it comes to waterproofing a leaky basement. Take a look at some of the answers to our frequently asked questions.

What is the difference between waterproofing a leaky basement from the outside or the inside?

Waterproofing your leaky basement from the outside will increase the strength of your foundation and offer more protection against the elements and reduce deterioration.

In order to properly restore the integrity of the home’s foundation one must excavate, restore and seal the foundation from the outside.

Exterior waterproofing will also keep menacing soil gas and insects from entering your space.

How do I clean up a flood in my leaky basement?

The first step is to cut off the power supply to your basement. Avoid stepping into water until the power is turned off.

The second step is to contact your insurance company to find out if you have any coverage for basement flooding.  Be sure to document the damage that has been done and take lots of pictures.

The third step is to remove any items that you want to save asap. Be sure to remove furniture and other items that can be saved. Rugs and carpets are likely to be beyond saving and should therefore be thrown out.

Lastly, remove the water in the basement. You can rent a shop vac from your local hardware store or hire a company who specializes in water removal to do the job.

Once the water and wet items are removed, large floor fans and dehumidifiers can be rented to dry out the basement.

What is the cost of waterproofing a leaky basement?

Waterproofing your leaky basement is a major worry for every homeowner as a leaky basement can encourage the growth of toxic mold.  It is a big job and should not be underestimated. The cost of waterproofing a leaky basement depends on a variety of things such as:

  • The depth of your foundation
  • Which method you choose for waterproofing
  • The number of cracks in your leaky basement foundation
  • The number of window wells in the area
  • Sump pump instillation

Typically, the cost of waterproofing your leaky basement can range between $1000-$25,000 but could go as high as above $50,000 depending on the size of the building.