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Things to Remember:
- Qualifications: The
National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors
(NAWRC) web site offers a list of certified contractors.
Potential contractors should perform an inspection of your basement and water
problem. They should provide you with a detailed explanation of the problem
and what they propose to do to resolve it, in writing, including a warranty.
Before Hiring a Contractor: Clean and inspect gutters for any leakage
or damage. Inspect your drain slope: water should drain away from the house
at least 48 inches to prevent foundation damage from standing water. Inspect
drain pipes for leakage. If they are broken or leaky, call a plumber right
Test your basement walls for seepage. Take a 12-inch piece of aluminum foil
and attach it to the moist wall. Wait a few days, then check it. If there
is water on the outside of the foil, it is condensation. If there is water
on the inside, it's seepage.
Leakage caused by clogged gutters or cracks around basement windows or doors
can be repaired without a waterproofing contractor.
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