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post by doug2013 - 05/30/2013

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked when setting up a basement inspection appointment  is: "how much does it cost to waterproof my basement?" The answer is  simple; I don't know. I mean really, how would I know until I go and look at the basement. So, what it comes down to is that there are many different types of basements and many different types of leaks that can happen. Let's start by examining the different types of basements and the different types of leaks that can occur. There are many types of foundations that houses are made out of: brick, stone, poured concrete and  concrete masonry units (CMU's) otherwise known as concrete block or cinderblock. So when we come to the house the first thing we look at is what type of foundation you have. Next we look at where the water is coming in. We listen to what you have to say, look for the water where you show us.  Then  we look for water in other places and evidence of past water intrusion also. Seeing where the water comes into the foundation is very important as to finding why the basement leaks. If the water is coming in through a window well we look to see why the window well is draining and why the water is leaking into the house. If the water is coming from the top of the wall, we look at the grading outside and to see if there's flashing were the top of the foundation meets the beginning of the framing of the house. If there is a crack in the poured concrete wall and we see evidence of water there, we look to see if that crack can be patched from both the inside and  from the outside. We also check to see if the crack can be filled to prevent water intrusion If there's evidence of water at the bottom of the hollow block wall we look to see how the water is getting into the blocks and how many areas it's affecting. Okay so now we have determined what your foundation is made  of and how the water is getting in. There are many different solutions for these different problems and they all have different prices. Sometimes a basement just needs a simple crack repair. Sometimes a sump pump is called for. Sometimes it's a full French drain and sump pump. Like I said earlier every basement is different, every leak is different. When we come out to look at your basement, we consider to be an educational process. We do the aforementioned inspection, explain to you how your foundaton was constructed and how the water is coming in. Then we propose a solution and tell you price. No sales gimmicks no high-pressure. Just the facts ma'am.(That was my Sgt. Friday impression) So it's really quite simple; if you don't know call us. The inspection and educational processes free and might even be priceless.A-1 Basement Solutions provides free basement health inspections to New Jersey homeowners. Contact A-1 Basement Solutions at 908-322-1313, or for a free in-home inspection and detailed quote.A-1 gives full service guaranteed work and competitive pricing every day.We do everything for you. By taking care of all the details, A-1 Basement Solutions makes the job worry free. Our motto is No Problems?Just Solutions.Learn everything you need to know about your basement: Subscribe to our blog and get our FREE E-BOOK ?Basements 101? Was this information useful?  We would like to know. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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