Basement Waterproofing Hazards

Select Reputable Contractor

What To Look For and What To Avoid When Selecting a Contractor.

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Three Great Resources:

1).     Consumers’ Checkbook, Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 edition:  (Tips on Basement Waterproofing).  See especially “Comparing Proposals From Area Contractors” which discusses among others AquaGuard Waterproofing Corporation who worked on our basement.

2)     “The Complete Modern Guide To Basement Waterproofing”:  (Book Preview).  More detailed than the above article. Note especially Chapter 7 “Choosing A Contractor”.  Had I read this chapter before selecting a contractor to work on my basement, Kathleen and I would have been spared much grief.

3).     Another great site from the Maryland Consumers Rights Coalition (MCRC).  I belong to MCRC and they do a lot of great work for the citizens of Maryland.  The following link will take you to their guide titled “How to Improve Your Home – Without Loosing Your Shirt”: (MCRC Home Improvement Guide).  There’s lots of advice on selecting contractors and options to pursue if you have problems with the one you choose.

7 comments on “What To Look For and What To Avoid When Selecting a Contractor.

  1. neimezr
    March 7, 2013

    Scott’s book (see above) is a great, in-depth guide to the sources of basement water seepage problems. His advice on selecting a reputable contractor at the end of his book is invaluable.

  2. neimezr
    March 10, 2013

    Updated this post with a link to a cool home improvement guide provided by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition. Check it out by clicking on the link called “MCRC Home Improvement Guide”.

  3. neimezr
    March 11, 2013

    I’m starting a file of brochures on home improvement guides, selecting contractor tips, etc. I’ll try to sort these by state, if appropriate, or general information. For each state there are some differences in rules and regulations and obvious differences in the contact information for appropriate state agencies. I should start posting these later in March 2013.

  4. Dalan
    June 13, 2013

    Normally I find this type of information dull and binorg, but you turned that all around for me. This article takes you right in and won’t let go until you’re done reading the whole thing.

    • Russ R
      June 14, 2013

      Thanks Dalan for the comments. I really appreciate the feedback. My hope is that people will make better choices if they understand the pitfalls. Delivering the message (i.e., do your homework, watch what’s going on, and take nothing for granted) in an informative and enjoyable manner is key. I work hard to do that while remaining true to the facts. The problems I and my wife faced, I fear, go way beyond our particular experiences so please pass the word along!

  5. mark anderson
    January 18, 2014

    Russ, feel for you guys, I really do. Many, many other homeowners have been and will continue to get lied to, ripped off, mostly/most often by interior basement drainage companies. I’ve been posting for many years about these scam artists, quite a bit at http://www.nachi.org ‘structutal’ Have many photos of other homeowners who had interior systems etc installed and continued to have same, worse problems. Let me know if you’d like some of them. Mark Anderson

    • Russ R
      January 23, 2014

      Hi Mark, thanks for the comments. I’ll check out your site and get back to you as I’m constantly in the search for info to provide people about the challenges we face. Weekend is coming, so back to you shortly.

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