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Basement Waterproofing Cost

How much does basement waterproofing cost?

When it comes to wet basement waterproofing solutions, the effectiveness of a solution is not always a simple matter of the amount of money spent. While the cost of waterproofing a basement does depend on the method employed, some of the more expensive methods are not as effective as the simpler, more fool-proof systems. When considering basement waterproofing costs and methods, generally there are three options:

1. Crack Injection

Crack injection is another option, and while this is the least expensive option, it is not the most effective. At first, it may seem like the best option is to simply seal up the basement so that water cannot enter. This can be problematic, however, because water will always find some other way of entering the house. If you seal up one crack, more often than not you’ll end up with a new leak in a place that never had a leak before since the water has to go somewhere.

2. Digging Out the Exterior of the Foundation and Sealing

Often this method is not even a feasible option. Most homes have poured stoops, driveways, garages, and other structures that impede a full dig-out. In the rare case that it is possible to dig out the foundation from the outside and seal the foundation walls by applying a tar-like basement waterproofing membrane to the walls. Like sealing a crack, however, this can often cause more problems than it solves. By digging out the soil, you are weakening the natural protective barrier around your foundation wall. Keep in mind that this soil has been sitting next to your home’s foundation for the entire life of the structure. No matter how well you attempt to compact the soil after the excavation, it is nearly impossible to mimic decades of settling. The area that has been excavated will now become a weak spot where water will sit, searching for a way of entering your basement. In addition to being a risky solution, digging out the exterior is also often the most expensive method.

3. The French Drain

Over the course of the last century, the French drain has proven itself as the most effective, efficient and affordable way to waterproof a basement. Although many basement waterproofing companies offer “patented” versions, they are all variations on the French drain. For more information on the French drain, visit our French drain page. The French drain is virtually fool-proof. It will deal with water no matter where it comes from. In addition, it is relatively affordable, can be installed with minimal damage to your home or property, and work can often be completed in one or two days.

In most cases, we recommend to our customers that they include a sump pump as part of their drainage system. When the French drain fills up with water, this water will flow into the sump where it can be safely pumped out of the home.

In addition to French drains and sump pumps, ACM Basement Waterproofing also offers a variety of other wet basement solutions that can be tailored to suit the individual needs of you and your family.

If you live in the Long Island area, call us at (631)581-0600 for a free estimate of your ACM Basement Waterproofing solution!