Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Make sure company or contractor is Licensed and Bonded
Request and check References
Look into the Company’s History
Find out if company has earned any Certificates or Awards
Have a Written Contract spelling out details
The Better Business Bureau (BBB)
The Better Business Bureau is a repository for customer complaints and ratings on job performance. The BBB investigates the company’s handling of each complaint. The information can easily be found on the BBB’s website for the local area and will indicate to what extent a company guarantees or stands behind their products and/or service.
Fully Licensed & Bonded
No one should ever hire a contractor that isn’t fully licensed and bonded to work in that state. Unless a fully licensed professional waterproofing contractor, who is certified, completes the work the warranties on any waterproofing products used on the job will most likely be null and void.
Any company in good standing will gladly give you references from current and former customers. Providing references to potential customers is a very common practice and a great way to find out what you need to know about the company you are considering hiring. Do not be shy about asking for contact information on the customer and details on the scope and length of the job. Personally call each reference and inquire about all aspects of the job.
Companies can be here today and gone tomorrow and this will easily be uncovered when a company seems to have no discernible history. A reputable service provider, such as a waterproofing company should easily have a verifiable, established company history, which would indicate how well they take care of their customers.
Certificates & Awards
Leaders in the basement waterproofing industry will surely have earned certificates and awards in recognition of their ability and track record of doing outstanding work and providing excellent customer service over the years.
Agreed Upon Written Contract
A fully agreed upon written contract is always necessary to protect all parties. If a waterproofing company is willing to do the job in the absence of having everything in writing that should raise a red flag. Every line should be read and initialed to indicate you understand every word in the contract. Inspect the contract front and back for any fine print. A valid contract would include all the pertinent details regarding the job to be done, an estimate of the length of time it will take to do the work and of course an estimate of the total cost. Make sure you receive the guarantees and warranties in writing and have a full understanding of their scope before any work begins.
The Do-It-Yourself Waterproofing Alternative
Waterproofing a basement yourself may seem like a daunting task but we have helped over 100,000 Do-It-Yourselfers apply our product with clear step by step instructions, and free phone support.
SANI-TRED® was started over 20 years ago with the goal to create the world’s first permanent DIY waterproofing solution. We have developed the only indoor waterproofing system that completely seals basements and more permanently, no matter how wet or deteriorated. SANI-TRED permanently increases the value of any home with its lifetime warranty.
See How Sani-Tred Compares:
- Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB)- Sani-Tred has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
- Request and check References- Sani-Tred has helped over 100,000 satisfied customers and has 100’s of positive reviews which can be viewed here http://sanitred.com/sanitred-reviews/
- Look into the Company’s History- Sani-Tred is no fly-by-night and has been in business for over 25 years. We have been trusted by some of America’s most trusted companies including: Disney, Samsung, UPS, and the USMC see some of our past customers here http://sanitred.com/high-profile-customers/
- Find out if company has earned any Certificates or Awards- Sani-Tred products have been certified by The University of Wisconsin to block 99% of Radon from basements, and approved by the USDA for use in food service facilities.
- Have a Written Contract spelling out details- Sani-Tred products have a lifetime warranty for basement waterproofing.
Learn more by visiting http://sanitred.com/basement-waterproofing or by calling our pros at 1-866-784-3308.
Got A Leaky Basement?
You’ve all been in that position where you walk down into your newly finished basement or even your unfinished basement expecting to get some work or play accomplished and step into a large puddle of water. The red flags go off and maybe a choice word or two emerges from your mouth followed by the inevitable question ‘how did this happen?’
You’re not alone in this question and there are many possible explanations.. So how did this unwelcome water get into your basement?
Cracks and Holes
Yes, cracks and holes. Depending on the age of the house there may be several cracks in the foundations. The most obvious place where such cracks and holes could exist would be in any basement windows and surrounding frames. These last can be easily fixed with a proper sealant or if the damage proves to be too much, you could always replace the frame entirely. Cracks and Holes can also exist in the walls and floors of your basement. Even if the cracks are small or minimal water can always find a way in especially if the water pressure is great.
Water weighs a little over 60 lbs per cubic foot and so the natural buildup of water can leak through even the smallest cracks in the foundation. If there has been a long period of rain then the soil can absorb large amounts of water. It is the most common reason for leaking basements.
Improperly Aimed Downspouts
External sources of water can also be the reason for a leaking basement. One of these is the downspouts. If they are aimed toward the foundation then they can cause leaks.
If gutters are allowed to fill with soil, leaves and other debris then the water will saturate and lead to improper runoff.
Certain house foundations are built in the natural path of water or in a dip where water naturally collects. In addition, the soil around the foundation can often be looser and more absorbent of water and water will go where it needs to go and will build up pressure in and around the foundation.
Clogging Drain Pipe
Should the drain pipe be clogged by soil and other debris the water will be unable to go anywhere else, but into the foundation which will eventually push into the basement by way of the floor wall joint. These are just a couple of the ways in which water can get into your basement, and cause untold damage to property, peace of mind, and health. But there is a solution.
The Sani-Tred Solution
No matter what causes your basement to leak Sani-Tred can help! We have helped over 100,000 do it yourselfers and contractors permanently water proof their basements.
- The only the waterproofing product scientifically proven to permanently waterproof your basement.
- Properly applied we guarantee our products for the life of the structure.
- We offer mini sample packs with a Double Your Money Back Guarantee.
- Our Products our 99% effective at preventing harmful Radon Gas from entering foundations.
- Our products are safe, solvent free, non-flammable, and low VOC
- We provide detailed instructions and phone support to apply our products like a pro.
To learn more about how San-Tred can solve your basement leaking problems visit http://sanitred.com/basement-waterproofing/ or call 1-866-784-3308 today.
After examining virtually all other products and systems that are being sold to unsuspecting customers in chain stores and over the Internet, the first thing you’ll notice is that none of them provide any evidence that what they are trying to sell you for basement waterproofing is possible to actually work! Most things being marketed for basement waterproofing are not even waterproof themselves (cement, latex paint, tar etc.).
The bulk of so-called professional waterproofing systems do not seal the water out of the basement . . . their method is to actually put holes in the walls and floors to allow unlimited water into the basement and then pump it out.
- What happens to your finished basement if the pump or power fails?
- What about all of that humidity they let into the basement with all that water?
- What happens if the electricity grid shuts down for days at a time during heavy rain storms?
Ask the suppliers of the other products or systems to match just one of these five things so you can compare their products or systems with SANI-TRED.
Make them give you something in writing or show you any evidence that what they’re selling is actually effective at what they are selling it for. Make them prove that they are not just selling cheap marketing hype and that there system has the qualities and or lifespan endurance to seal and waterproof your basement.
- SANI-TRED is the only indoor basement waterproofing products on the global market that is tough enough for waterproofing heavy duty industrial basement floors along with bridges and road surfaces!
- SANI-TRED is the only product on the GLOBAL market that offers small sample packs to allow any customer to try SANI-TRED and compare before you buy. OTHER PRODUCTS ARE AFRAID TO DO THIS.
- SANI-TRED is the only product on the GLOBAL market that has over a 25 year track record of success with unmatched customer satisfaction of any other basement waterproofing system. We have a huge list of satisfied SANI-TRED customers that have given us voluntary testimonials.
- Have them show product quality test specifications to compare to SANI-TRED such as tensile strength, elongation, waterproof ability negative hydrostatic pressure testing etc.
- Make them offer you the same SANI-TRED Limited life of the structure warranty.
Learn more about our 3 main products to permanently waterproof your basement:
To understand how to be successful at indoor basement waterproofing, we need to start with a little history on coating and engineering basics. A liquid applied indoor coating for wine cellars, rock tunnels or basement waterproofing that is both permanent and provides a reliable waterproof and vapor-proof seal has been a dream of designers, architects and builders for thousands of years and is commonly referred to in the trades as “tanking”.
Successful tanking is such a demanding job to do successfully and dependably that in professional circles most designers, engineers and architects assume and are trained to believe it to be an impossible task for any coating. The reason for this is that before the invention of SANI-TRED, there was no other materials in the world that have ever been produced that has even been close to having the minimum required qualities to handle the special obstacles that face a coating that is used for tanking.
Virtually all other coating or sealing products that are being marketed and sold deceptively to the unsuspecting public for indoor basement waterproofing are not capable of performing this difficult task on their best day.
Bare Minimum Qualities for Successful Indoor Tanking
- Must be completely waterproof not just water resistant.
- Must be capable of retaining great amounts of negative hydrostatic pressure and moisture vapor drive forces.
- Must be strong enough to be applied to concrete floors and withstand heavy traffic.
- Must remain permanently flexible without hardening.
- Must weld to itself new to old without rejection.
- Must be low-odor or odor-free, or solvent- free for indoor use.
- Must be non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable.
- Must have excellent adhesive qualities.
- Must have viscosity control to seal large cracks and joints.
- Must be permanent not just a temporary maintenance product like paint or caulk.
Reasons for Tanking Failure
The most important reason for tanking failure that has barred all other coatings is the inability to retain normally insurmountable natural forces of underground water pressure that can penetrate basement walls/floors.
Moisture vapor creates a build-up of pressure under a coating, causing blisters or delamination when this high pressure humidity seeps through concrete floors (moisture vapor drive). Some moisture vapor drive in deep underground basement floor surfaces has been measured at 30psi or more! That’s almost the same amount of pressure in your car tires underneath the coating trying to push it off of the concrete.
Another important force that has prevented successful tanking is foundation settling and crack forming caused by settling. To survive this great force, any sealing product that is used for tanking must produce an extremely strong adhesive bond to the concrete.
Next it must provide the viscosity thickness to fill and seal wide cracks and seams in concrete surfaces and maintain permanent flexibility.
It takes a very special set of circumstances just to start to be successful at indoor basement waterproofing (and we’re not finished with what it REALLY takes to be successful at this most demanding and difficult task for any coating or sealing material).
Another fact that has prevented successful tanking is that no matter how perfect one tries to apply a uniform liquid applied coating, the person doing the application may miss a spot or two and leave minor imperfections in one or more applications.
This brings us to a rarely known fact
All other coatings, sealers etc. in the world, form distinct separations between applications or coating layers called “cold joints”. These cold joints vary in degree from a minor weakness between coats to complete rejection and immediate separation or “pealing” between multiple coat layers.
SANI-TRED is the only liquid applied coating of any kind that molecularly bonds to itself old to new at any age or stage of cure. This extremely important unique quality allows SANI-TRED to be applied in an extremely simple and efficient, system of liquid smooth wall coatings along with paste-like joint sealing materials that all cures as one solid unified and permanently bonded rubber liner to all concrete surfaces.
Amazing breakthrough in chemical science
The cured strength, penetration capabilities, permanent cured flexibility, adhesive strength as well as other unique qualities allows SANI-TRED products to easily do normally impossible tasks. SANI-TRED can do these things and have cured properties that are many times stronger or better than required minimums to perform the task
This is what makes SANI-TRED “fool-proof” and why it’s considered easy to use. Even if an amateur makes mistakes during a do-it-yourself application and does not install the products correctly, SANI-TRED is forgiving due to its overkill qualities.
Many local professional basement waterproofing systems/companies are a franchise of a nationally advertised corporation with a carefully guarded “secret franchised methodology”. The secret details are only to be known by the local waterproofing contractor and are not to be publicly disclosed (especially to potential customers).
This basement waterproofing system starts with a direct telemarketing lead that is then given to a waterproofing salesman who insists on a visit to your home for a “free estimate”. This salesman will not give any information on the phone in regards to the details of the so-called “basement waterproofing system” he is selling.
Next comes the free inspection, and the customer is shown a book full of glossy photos of beautifully finished basements. The salesman then provides the estimate, high pressure assurances + scare tactics and a very large contract that is carefully complicated and designed to protect only the basement waterproofing contractor.
Still at this point in time, the homeowner is totally unaware as to what the mystery method of professional waterproofing is actually going to be. The images of those beautifully finished basements is the only impression left on the mind of the unsuspecting customer.
Reason for Secrecy
Once the contract is signed, the “secret” process begins . . . which typically involves: tear-out, cutting, jack-hammering or breaking out large amounts of concrete around the entire walls and floors of the basement (actually damaging and greatly reducing the strength of the foundation). Often this can result in as much as 50% foundation strength loss! This breaking out of concrete is done to allow as much outdoor ground water to enter your basement as possible.
An important part of the franchise methodology is that a “patented” shape piece of plastic trim, gutters, rubberized wall sheeting or a combination of all of these things are used to keep the water from running across the floor and redirect all of this incoming ground water to a sump pump pit in the basement and rely on an automatic sump pump to pump and remove all of this water up over 8’ high out of the basement. In a feeble method to try to control all of the humidity caused by all of this water coming into your basement they sell the customer a large and expensive dehumidifier as a package deal.
Would You Waterproof a Boat This Way?
Imagine waterproofing a boat in this way. It would be like cutting and breaking large holes in the hull and depending on the bilge pumps to keep the boat afloat. What happens to the boat or basement when there is a storm with a power outage? No problem . . . that’s part of the salesman’s package, an emergency battery backup. What happens when there is a bad storm and the battery backup goes dead? The salesman has an optional generator for sale that will assure everything works perfectly (as long as someone is there and the generator starts and runs and does not run out of gas). See the pattern?
There is a better and less expensive option!
For years, the Sani-Tred waterproofing method has been a proven solution for homeowners WITHOUT the mess and expense you get with other “traditional” systems. Learn more about our basement waterproofing system!
Some of the best-selling waterproofing products on the market are nothing more than paint. What has your experience been with ANY paint that is exposed long-term to the elements? Cracking, peeling, flaking – right? Definitely not anything worth considering a “waterproofing product”.
PermaFlex is a different animal. Reaching deep within the concrete walls or block, the flexible penetration of PermaFlex forms a permanent gasket-like seal WITHIN the structure while curing out as tough as a truck tire. Any water pressure felt against the “flexible fingers” will cause the material to swell tightly against the inside capillaries making it impossible blow the coating off.
When compressed or stretched, PermaFlex will return to its original shape, has an amazing 590% elongation and will never get weak and brittle like other coatings do with age (actually gets stronger as time goes on).
Can other so called “waterproofing products” compare?
When you consider that the top-selling DIY solution is brittle, the answer is obvious!
Wet basements, mold, dampness, radon problems are all a thing of the past when your seal your basement up tight with our Sani-Tred products! Contact us today to order your free sample pack or to get the material you need to waterproof your basement ONCE AND FOR ALL!
With the recent excessive snow in the Buffalo, New York area (seven plus feet of the stuff in some areas), people are nervous about how they are going to waterproof their basement as temperatures warm up. Plenty of homeowners are going to be severely disappointed when their basement waterproofing “protection” fails and they’re left with an expensive mess.
Traditional basement waterproofing consists of letting the water in then pumping the water out (which always just re-enters right where it came from). Doesn’t it make sense to plug the leak? If your boat is taking on water . . . instead of just trying to get the water out wouldn’t a smarter approach be to plug the hole(s) first?
Concrete, concrete block and other masonry products consist of a whole bunch of “holes” . . . whether microscopic holes or larger. These capillaries are typically the method of entry of water into your basement (besides cracks & voids). Our PermaFlex works by deeply penetrating the microscopic holes with a “gasket–like” effect inside of the surface. When vapor moisture pressure is present, the flexible gaskets swell and tighten-up against the inside of tiny holes completely preventing water from getting through (and from the coating ever blowing off).
Cracks and voids are addressed by our LRB and TAV products to plug-up the larger areas that need treated.
We just don’t mitigate water by lessening the amount of water in your basement, we ELIMINATE it! Visit our basement waterproofing page to learn more about the benefits of our Do-It-Yourself basement flooding solution then CONTACT US TODAY to order!
Traditional basement waterproofing companies will lead you to believe that all sorts of elaborate and expensive procedures will have to take place to effectively waterproof your basement. Digging, trenching, redirecting . . . basically doing an extremely involved and labor-extensive operation to take care of moisture in your basement.
What do we continue to see and hear from people that have gone the expensive route?
Moisture in their basements!
Why does Sani-Tred work when other liquid waterproofing products fail?
Other products simply do not work because they can’t hold back the vapor pressure exerted on them. PermaFlex on the other hand is a different animal…it’s flexible rubber “tentacle-like fingers” penetrate deep within the concrete/block and when moisture vapor/pressure presses against the flexible tentacles. All they can do is expand and swell tightly against the sides of the concrete capillaries making it impossible to blow the coating off.
590% elongation. Forever flexible and cures as tough as a truck tires inside of your basement walls . . . the perfect diy basement waterproofing product!
Is this the biggest secret in waterproofing?
Not really – 100,000+ customers over the last 25 years have proven the effectiveness of the Sani-Tred line over and over again!
Spring is finally here, and although some of us are catching up to the warmer weather and others are still getting snow, the hope is spring will come soon. Regarding you basement the time is now to start checking for cracks now so you can find any potential foundation cracks or leakage.
Now is the time to start checking your foundation so that you are not surprised with a flooding basement with the first snow melt or rainstorm. Here are the steps to take.
1. Perform an exterior inspection of your home. Are there any cracks forming at or just above ground level? Are your gutter downspouts connected and extended at least 4 feet from your home? How well does the soil grade away from your home?
2. Complete an interior sweep. Are your sump pumps working well? Should you consider a battery backup pump? Are there any new cracks forming on the walls or floor, or has the foundation begun to bow or shift at all? Is there any potential for leaky window or door frames?
Now is the time to prepare for an hour to make sure your home is ready for the spring storms. This will help you prepare ahead and make any repairs before you have a flooded basement. Sanitred waterproofing systems are great products to use if you find any cracks in the basement ceiling or basement walls.