What to Expect When Hiring a Basement Waterproofing Company

What to Expect When Hiring a Basement Waterproofing Company

You probably got here by searching terms related to basement waterproofing, and now you’re wondering exactly what that entails. Whether you’re a brand new homeowner taking precautions, or you’re someone that unfortunately suffers from a leak or condensation, you’ll want to know exactly what happens and what it costs. All the best Toronto basement waterproofing contractor should know and use these steps:

The Investigation Process

One of the first things that’ll occur if you call a basement waterproofing company is that an investigation of your basement will occur to see what type of water damage is happening (if any at all). Typically, water damage for waterproofing comes in two main forms: condensation and leakage. When there’s condensation, it means that there isn’t a leak, but a ton of moisture that occurs because of the climate – whether outdoors or indoors.

The basement waterproofing company that you hire will pinpoint the location of the problem, and go from there to figure out what’s causing the leak or condensation. For example, you may have a leak somewhere you didn’t know of because there weren’t any apparent stains. For condensation, you may have your laundry appliances hooked up in a way that causes the climate to hold more moisture in the air. When the root of the issue is targeted, removal and resolution occurs.

Ultimately, the price of the fix depends entirely on what kind of issue there is. Generally, leaks are much more expensive while condensation is more of a climate control issue. You’ll also want to test for any mold spores in the air, and you can usually tell this by the distinct musty smell in the air. Your contractor will probably pick up on this immediately.

The Bidding Wars

Before going with the first choice, you’ll want to shop around for the best priced contractor. You may think that spending a lot automatically means they’re going to be great, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Some companies are reasonably priced (in the middle) and will give you better quality service than someone who is much higher priced. Thanks to a survey on Angie’s List, it’s been noted that the average homeowner spends around $7,215 on waterproofing their basement; however, you may see that companies will try and charge you $20,000+ depending on the issue.

In order to combat someone scamming you or ripping you off, you should garner multiple estimates, as well as what they can provide for that price. When you’ve narrowed down the ones in your budget who give the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to research unbiased reviews online to match the best reviews and narrow down to the best basement waterproofing company for your needs.

The Various Waterproofing Solutions

Now let’s get to the meat of this meal: the various types of waterproofing solutions for your basement. Each job will vary greatly, as your price and problem will vary wildly based on your home structure, the issue at hand, and how bad it is. Here’s a quick list of the various solutions you may be met with:

  • Waterproofing primer and painting products
  • Crack injections for seepage around concrete foundations – a temporary fix
  • Exterior excavation for correcting drainage
  • Interior excavation for addressing hydrostatic pressure – much cheaper than exterior


Overall, the waterproofing process that will occur in your home depends on how large the problem is (how long you went without correcting or addressing), your budget, and the basement waterproofing company you decide to go with. It’s important not to always go with the cheapest just because it’s nice on the budget, as you may not be presented with long-term solutions.

5 Video Gaming Headsets that Will Blow Your Mind

There are plenty of headsets floating around warehouses all over the world. So the question is not “what headset should I get”, but “what headset should I not get.” There is no perfect fit, as everyone’s ears are differently shaped. There’s no perfect price, as quality comes with price. There’s no perfect anything, really. So, I have attempted to read the reviews of multiple websites and narrow the field down to 5, which was no easy task. There are simply too many out there, and since I do not have the funds to personally try all of them myself, I can only go off of the reviews of others.

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However, in order to save you the time of researching for yourself, here are my picks for what are most likely the best headsets for the lowest price. Please do not send me nasty emails if you followed my advice and ended up disappointed; you will hurt my feelings. I am not the headset God, I am only a human being who can only read so many reviews before my brain hurts!

OK, now that my disclaimer is over, here are my choices, from all ends of the price range spectrum:

  1. Platronics Xbox 360 Headset: $9.99 on Newegg.com
    While this headset is only compatible, for Xbox 360, it is a suitable replacement for the standard Microsoft headset when it fails, costing less and, according to the reviews, being much more reliable. The only con that people seemed to mention repeatably was that the volume didn’t quite go up to what they wanted. However, if you care about your future hearing, this may not necessarily be bad.
  2. Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone: $44.99 on Amazon.com
    Relatively inexpensive, has a microphone, and has a pretty good amount of people saying it’s comfortable.
  3. Razer Carcharias PC Headset: A little bit more expensive, at $64 on Amazon.com.
    This one has been said to be VERY comfortable, with good sound quality. The Mic is not adjustable, however, which, if you have a mouth somewhere on your forehead, might be a problem.
  4. Tritton AX 720:$139.99 on Newegg.com
    Yes, more expensive, but this is compatible with pretty much everything but the Wii. It has surround sound, but require a Digital Optical connection. There is a Dolby converter box, I believe (judging by pictures), but this would not be very portable if you have a laptop. Then again, why are you gaming on a laptop…
  5. And if you want to spend the big bucks…
    Plantronics Discovery 925 Jewel: Bluetooth-headset for $80,000! Not exactly for gaming (it’s actually for cell phones) but I had to add it anyways.

Phew! OK, good luck!