Wet Basement Waterproofing Cost Considerations

Asking for wet basement waterproofing quotations can be confusing. There are very low and extremely high costs, with every company promising the best service delivery. So how exactly does one determine the cost of the waterproofing? Here are some important cost considerations;

What the Problem Is

The first thing one should look for when thinking about wet basement waterproofing is the source of the problem. People seek waterproofing for several reasons, but they can be generally categorized into preventive measures and problem solving. The most common sources of wet basements include clogged or misdirected downspouts and gutters. Condensation issues can also result in wet basements, in which case the reason could be poor ventilation. After determining the source of the problem, it gets easier making investment decisions.


After determining the cause of the problem, the next thing should be a review of the options. There are different waterproofing techniques, each tailored to a specific problem. There are three common types of wet basement waterproofing;

  • Interior sealants
  • Exterior systems
  • Drainage methods

The basic interior waterproofing techniques include sealants, and waterproof coatings. Exterior waterproofing solutions include these and other external based solutions like sealing cracks, floors and ceilings. Drainage based waterproofing systems are those that deal with the roof and landscape drainage.

Problem Solving

After getting a clear picture of the various solutions available and understanding the problem, the final step should be to look for a specific problem solving solution. Choose a solution that not only solves the leaky or wet basement problem and make sure it does not reoccur. It is much better spending money with that long term permanent fix than wasting money on temporary solutions. It is important also to keep in mind that what works for one house, or what has been widely advertised will not necessarily work for the home. Each solution is unique, so make sure to do as much due diligence as possible on the unique characteristics of the problem.

Additional Costs

When determining the overall cost, make sure the price generally includes,

  • The cost of materials, their transportation and delivery
  • The cost of preparing the work site, protecting the structure and materials
  • The cost of cleanup and removal of debris after finishing the project
  • The cost of labor and time according to the minimum hourly wage rules

Ask also about such costs as the general contractor fees, sales tax on the materials and permits and inspection fees by the local authorities. To get a free waterproofing cost estimate, contact Aquatech Waterproofing today: 416-300-2191