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Tips on Comparing Company Estimates

by Darlene Waters

Comparing Company Estimates


1)  Get a few estimates 3 is a good number

2)  Make a list of each service offered. Example: Drain Tile, Wall Panels, etc. Are the companies doing all the same services? Is one doing more, or less? Ask what materials are being used? Is the quality of the material equal?

3)  Write down personal impression of sales person: Were they knowledgeable, informative, professional, and believable in assessment of your situation.

4)  Check reputation of companies, all references, do your homework research, research, research.

5)  Never be pressured or bullied into signing a contract at first meeting. Take time to review all estimates.

6)  Never choose a company based on total dollar amount without knowing the reputation or quality of work. This could cause inadequate job performance and may end up costing even more money to correct.

7)  Never show the estimate of another company or give the dollar amount of that estimate. Make the company do their own assessment and estimate.

Painting Basement Walls vs. Waterproofing Wall Panel System

by Darlene Waters

Basement walls are commonly damp, wet, discolored, and not aesthetically pleasing.  Whether a basement is leaking or not, water is still able to pass through the porous concrete, stone or poured concrete wall due to hydrostatic pressure.  Moisture passes through the basement wall as hydrostatic pressure builds up behind the paint and causes peeling, flaking and discoloration. Mold can also begin to grow as paint is an organic material. In many cases, walls look worse with peeling, flaking, failed paint coating. Basement waterproofing paints can reduce condensation, but they are not a permanent solution to basement water problems. (more…)

Sump Pumps: Why Homeowners Should Periodically Check Their Drainage System

by Darlene Waters

Sump Pumps Need to be Checked & Maintained


A sump pump plays a pivotal role in every home’s drainage system.  In fact, the effectiveness of drainage systems is dependent on the smooth operation of the pump.  A quality pump is truly the heart of any water management system.  It has been estimated that 90 to 95 percent of all basements will experience a problem with water penetration that something as simple as a sump pump, grading, and gutters could have prevented.  For every inch of rain, the average roof sheds 1000 gallons of water.

Homes that have a center drain in their basement floor can have a plug or check valve installed in the drain.  Installing a check valve allows water from the basement to go out to the storm drain.  However, it will not allow water to enter the basement when the storm drains become overwhelmed with snowmelt or rainwater.  Homeowners who have a plug installed on the basement floor should have a sump basin, pump, and a discharge line installed to remove any water that collects in their drain tile.  Having a sump basin and pump will remove the drain tile water without the worry of overwhelmed storm drain water entering the basement.

Homeowners should regularly check the sump pump to assure that it is working correctly.

Add water to the sump basin and observe the operation of the sump pump. Listen for the check valve to go on and off without any hesitation or resistance and runs the sump properly.  Operate the pump several times to make sure the sump pump also stops pumping whenever the water level is pumped down.  The sump basin should always have a lid to help eliminate moisture from the sump basin entering the basement.  Never have your dehumidifier placed next to the sump basin; this causes the dehumidifier to run and run without removing proper moisture.  Investing in a basement water alarm for your home can alleviate many concerns.  Place the alarm next to the sump basin.

Water test your pump


Listen to the pump


Operate the pump several times


Before Waters Basement Services Installed New Sump Basin & Pump

Before Waters Basement Services Installation of New Sump Basin & Pump

After Waters Basement Services Installed New Sump

After Waters Basement Services Installed New Sump Basin & Pump


Does Investing in My Basement Increase the Value of My Home?

by Darlene Waters

Remodeling your basement is the best way to increase your existing living space with an investment that will significantly pay back for itself over a relatively period. Among the best home improvements when considering both adding value and increasing living space is to perform a basement finishing project.

Your basement is more than just space for you to store stuff; it’s also your foundation. Often basement waterproofing problems go hand in hand with foundation problems. By waterproofing your basement, you can often avoid costly structural problems. Expand your home’s square footage by using your basement for more than just storage. Whether your basement space is a full, half, or walk out, you can transform the area to a usable, dry, comfortable living space. Once your basement is waterproofed, basement finishing is the most efficient way to add living space to your home. Many homes can double in square footage by merely finishing the basement for a small fraction of the cost of putting on a home addition. Even if you don’t have specific plans to finish your basement, waterproofing will increase living and home value.

Think about how you would like to space to function. Basements are ideal for casual, social activities for the whole family, or just for the children. Building codes require that basements bedrooms have an emergency exit that leads directly outside, either through a Basement Entrance (Bilco Door) or Egress Window. Adding a basement egress window will result in natural light and an emergency exit.

Waters Basement Services Incorporated will help you find the best solution for your basement. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you feel comfortable with your home’s basement waterproofing solution – from inspection and planning to installation and project completion.

Before Drain Tile and Wall Panels with with Washer & Dryer 2

Before Waterproof Panels & Drain System.

After Wall Panels and Drain Tile with Washer & Dryer 2

Basement Waterproof panels & Drain System Installed by Waters Basement Services

After Drain Tile and Panels 20

Basement Waterproof Panels & Drain System Installed by Waters Basement Services

Inside Basement Before Egress Window 1

Inside Basement Before Installation of Egress Window

Outside of Basement Before Egress Window 1

Outside Basement Before Installation of Egress Window

Inside Basement After Egress Window 1

Basement View of Egress Window Installed by Waters Basement Services

Outside of Basement After Egress Window 1

Finished Egress Window Installed by Waters Basement Services

Why do I have water coming in on the floor where the basement walls and floor meet?

by Darlene Waters

Homeowner: Why do I have water coming in on the floor where the basement wall(s) and floor meet?


Waters Basement Services, Inc.: Water comes in on the basement floor where the basement wall(s) meet because your drain tile has become clogged and can no longer accept water. Usually, this will begin in the furthest corner from where your sump basin is installed.

Leaky Basement Solutions

Water leaking in the basement where the walls meet the floor.

There are many early homes built without any drain tile. In the 50’s and 60’s basement drain tile was made of clay. When sentiment and tree roots clog this type of tile, usually the tile cannot be cleaned as it breaks very easily. Later years, the use of black corrugated flex pipe (stilled used today as drain tile) can become plugged solid over time. When plugged, it is also hard to clean (or impossible to clean) as it punctures easily. Unfortunately, drain tile may have been installed improperly: not enough pitch to sump basin, or when the concrete floor installed the concrete may have filled the drain tile. In these instances, the homeowner would need to have the drain tile replaced.

Homeowner: How would you fix it?


Waters Basement Services would replace the drain tile with a white perforated drain tile to collect the wall and floor water into the sump basin and then pumped out of the basement. Cleanouts would be installed in the drain tile to enable drain tile cleaning. Drain tile should be cleaned at least once a year (or more often depending on your soil type). With the cleanouts the homeowner can clean their drain tile with a garden hose, or have us perform this service. Equally important is maintaining proper grading along the foundation, and the gutter downspout placement. You always want water to shed away from your home.

Drain tile is the essential ingredient in effective basement waterproofing. For drain tile to operate correctly, your drain tile needs to be free of debris that can build up over time. Basement floor drains work the same. Floor drains need to be free of debris and be able to flow out into the storm drain. When the storm drain becomes overwhelmed with stormwater, this water will pour into your basement. You can have a backflow preventer installed or plug the floor drain, which prevents water from entering your basement when storm sewers become overwhelmed and cannot take water out.