Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Betsy Rathburn
It may seem like the easiest solution is to put off what looks like a minor issue, but homeowners who do this are usually in for a big headache down the road. We find that most homeowners who put off basement repairs do so because they don’t know enough about what’s going on. They aren’t sure what caused the problem, so they don’t know how to fix it.
At Innovative Basement Authority, we understand the urge to avoid unearthing a huge, expensive problem. But by ignoring the warning signs, that is exactly what you are setting yourself up for. Because we know that doing research on your basement is time-consuming and often confusing, we thought we’d answer 5 questions homeowners frequently ask us about how to deal with their basements.
Q: How can I prevent a water problem?
A: This is probably the best question you can ask if you live in one of the many areas across North Dakota and Minnesota prone to yearly spring flooding. While many homeowners don’t want to think about waterproofing until after their basement has experienced flooding, we think it’s better to prevent that flood from occurring in the first place.
If you’re asking this question, you probably agree. Waterproofing ahead of time ensures that your basement and everything it contains will be safe from damage, that you’ll have greater peace of mind even as everyone around you scrambles to call for help, and that your home – if you ever decide to move – retains its value.
So how do you prevent a water problem? Use the best quality products that you can afford for your basement – installed by someone who understands waterproofing and according to a plan specifically made for your basement. Sounds like a tall order, but it’s not as hard as it sounds to find the best contractor for the job.
Q: So how do I decide on a basement contractor?
A: The short answer: lots of research. You’ll want to hunt down reviews, testimonials, and BBB ratings – not to mention the specifics on products, how they’re installed, and who installs them. Checking out a few pictures of the products in action wouldn’t hurt either.
In other words, you need someone trustworthy who knows what to use and what to do to get the job done right. Your job? Pick the contractor who makes it their job to help you.
Q: How do I know if I have a foundation problem?
A: Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think to diagnose a foundation problem. The easiest way to know for sure is to look for cracks in the walls, both upstairs and in the basement. Cracks upstairs – along with hard to open windows and doors – often mean your foundation is settling. Cracks downstairs could indicate settling, or they could indicate basement walls that are crumbling or bowing inward.
Both of these are serious problems. While they’re often diagnosed by homeowners, neither problem is something that will be easy to fix on your own. To preserve your home’s structural integrity, you’ll want to call in an expert with knowledge of structural problems and how to fix them.
Q: But wouldn’t it be easier to just fix it myself?
A: Probably not. We’ve seen a lot of DIY solutions to basement issues, but most basement problems are a lot more complex than turning a wrench a few times and hoping for the best. The best way to make sure your basement problem is addressed properly, whether it’s a foundation issue or a flood, is to call in an expert.
Working with an expert offers a lot of advantages that dealing with the problem yourself doesn’t have. For one thing, a homeowner who does their research will only work with a contractor with extensive experience dealing with basement problems. Second, there will be no time wasted with trial and error – or cleaning up after a basement flood wipes out what you thought was a solution. You’ll be free of guesswork, and you’ll finally be able to stop worrying about your basement and relax.
Do you have more questions about your basement problem? Or are you ready to stop asking questions and dive into a solution? Call us today! Innovative Basement Authority does basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and more throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Call us to get your project started.
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