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Toledo Foundation Waterproofing Contractor

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 7   |   Comments: 0
How to hire a foundation waterproofing contractor Foundation waterproofing isn't something most of
us know how to do ourselves.

It's something we like to hire experts to do. And with rightly so. Foundations might seem like
places that are naturally supposed to be dark and dank, after all, they're underground, right?
But foundation moisture is an insidious menace which can have a slow but steady effect on the
integrity of your foundation and the air quality of your home as a whole. To keep your foundation as
dry as possible, you'll need to hire a good foundation waterproofing contractor.

A foundation waterproofing contractor, particularly one with years of experience, will have no
trouble determining the cause of a wet foundation. He can spot the telltale signs of leakage or
cracking, and he knows where black mold is most likely to grow. What's more, a quality foundation
waterproofing contractor will be able to advise the best course of action to fix your leaky
foundation.

But there are so many foundation waterproofing contractors out there; how to choose the right
one? Here are a few simple things to remember: Check Angie's List and the BBB. Angie's List is a
community website full of user-generated reviews of all kind of contractors, from general
contractors to more specialized professionals. If you think you may have settled on a foundation
waterproofing contractor, check to see if they have an entry in Angie's List, and what their
customers say about them. It could be your surest way to make a final decision.

Ask for references. A foundation waterproofing contractor who can provide you with pictures of homes
he's worked on in the past is a business person who knows how to sell his services. If he can
provide letters of recommendation or customer testimonials, all the better. If you were bringing on
a new hire at your workplace, you'd ask for nothing less, right?

Make sure he knows a wide range of skills. You may already have a mold problem, so make sure the
foundation waterproofing contractor you hire knows about mold removal and mold remediation. Ideally
you'd like a jack-of-all-trades who can handle any problem that comes up, but be careful not to
hire a contractor who'll go ahead with a project he may know little about. As with any contractor,
it's a good idea to get a feel for the range of his (and his staff's) talents before you bring
him on board.

Does he hire subcontractors? Subcontractors aren't bad, but they do provide an additional layer of
bureaucracy between you and the company you hired in the first place. It's always best to hire
someone who does the work himself, or with a small staff. Keeping your contractor close makes him
more answerable if something goes wrong, and it keeps the channels of communication simple if an
unanticipated problem should arise.

Get a specific written bid. Compare two or three of these. Explain the problem in as much detail as
you can to each potential contractor. If possible, have them come out to visit your home and
evaluate the problem for themselves. When getting your estimates, cross any foundation waterproofing
contractor off the list who tries to scare you into hiring him right away. Few problems are so
urgent that they need to be addressed on the spot.

Make sure your foundation waterproofing contractor is properly licensed and insured. Ideally he
should have personal liability insurance and worker's compensation. You want to avoid being sued
if he or one of his staffers is injured on the job, and you'll also need a level of protection in
case he damages your home. Get the name and number of his carrier and call for confirmation.

Remember: Communication is everything. It's always best to hire a foundation waterproofing
contractor who will keep you up-to-date on what's going on with the project; who doesn't mind
answering specific questions; who's polite and courteous in his interactions with you and your
family; and who lets you know as soon as possible if any problems arise.

Like any business person, a good foundation waterproofing contractor will be eager to add another
satisfied customer to his list. If he meets or exceeds your expectations, communicates in a helpful
and courteous manner, and makes every effort to resolve your foundation waterproofing and mold
removal needs at a fair cost, then he's a good bet.
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