It’s universally agreed that basement waterproofing is a necessary procedure to any property owner, however some homeowners tend to delay or completely avoid basement waterproofing work not because they do not want such services, but the expensive costs.
It’s because of this that we feel the need to examine some of the strategies homeowners can use to reduce the costs for their basement waterproofing projects.
Factors Influencing Basement Waterproofing Costs
The key basement waterproofing repair costs include the type of foundation that requires the waterproofing, the cause of the leak, the waterproofing repair methods to be used, and the accessibility of the basement foundation wall in need of waterproofing.
The Repair Method Chosen
Believe it or not, the cause of your basement leak plays a huge role when it comes to the cost of repairs. For instance, leaks caused by tie-rod holes present in poured concrete foundation can be solved by repairing the holes using polyurethane injection which is much cheaper than waterproofing the foundation which cost thousands of dollars.
Therefore, the repair method you choose dictates in a way the much you pay to have the basement problem solved. Another way to save on basement waterproofing Toronto cost is by having as many leaks as possible worked on at the same time. There is volume discount offered that reduces the overall repair cost.
The Type of Your Foundation
If the house you are living in was built in the 1970s, there is a huge possibility that its foundation is made of poured concrete. The advantage with leaks in poured concrete is that they can be repaired easily using epoxy injections or polyurethane.
On the other hand, if your foundation is made of concrete block, the only visible option is for you to excavate and waterproof. While this is expensive, there are still opportunities you can pursue to save on cost. For instance, you can install an internal perimeter drain system which means the cost of excavation will be less. You do not need excavation when doing internal waterproofing.
Accessibility of the Foundation Wall
In almost all cases, repair on basement leaks can be done either from the outside or the inside. Whichever method you choose, it will have an implication on the cost. Take for example the exterior basement repairs involves the removal of patterned concrete walkway or a deck so that you can get to the space to excavate. The costs involved here are massive and unfortunately tend to add up.
In the same vein, if no space is available for you to pile the excavated soil, you may have to pay for transportation to another area within your compound and later pay for ferrying it back to be used in backfilling.
For you to benefit fully and save on waterproofing costs, the best approach is to understand the proposed waterproofing work from start to finish including the costs involved.