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One of the worst nightmares that a homeowner can experience is basement flooding . . . and not just because of the amount of money it takes to clean up water damage after a flood. In addition to the initial damages, basement flooding can also lead to mold, mildew and mustiness in your home after all signs of the disaster are gone.
The best way to prevent floods in your home is to have the proper, state-of-the-art basement waterproofing system installed. This includes footer drain tiles around your foundation, walls that have tar sealant applied on the outside and waterproof paint on the inside, and even a sump pump crock if necessary.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to upgrade to an expensive foundation waterproofing system, and they have to make due with repairing what they have rater than installing new. Even in this case, however, there are ways to stretch your dollars and protect your home against flooding.
If your home was built many decades ago, then the odds are that your foundation is lined with clay footer drain tiles that, over the years, have become cracked, clogged or blocked with mud, debris and roots. Most waterproofing contractors and companies will be able to solve this problem by cleaning out the footer drains using a high-pressure water jetting system that blasts out debris and allows excess water to flow through them again.
Before you choose a contractor to do any work at all on your foundation, however, you should always make sure that they are the right company for the job. Since they will be working on one of the most important elements of your home, it’s worth taking a little extra time to make sure they are dependable, honest and trustworthy before signing any contracts at all. While most waterproofers are above the board, it only takes one bad apple to ruin the entire barrel when it comes to foundation repair.