How much does basement waterproofing cost when you discover you have leaks or other damage?
Like most home improvement projects, the exact cost depends on the complexity of the solution and the severity of the problem. It’s important to grasp the financial aspects of foundation repair before beginning a major project, which is why we try to explain everything and offer free estimates.
General Guidelines for Basement Waterproofing Cost Expectations
We’ve given some treatment to the financial side of things before in our piece on how much foundation repair costs. This is good to review because it covers not only basement problems but foundational repairs at large. Here are a few guidelines for what you can expect in terms of expenses.
- The average overall cost for foundation repair is between $1,800 to $4,000.
- Simpler tasks, like repairing minor cracks, might cost only $500.
- Some of the larger projects like foundational underpinnings could cost as much as $10,000.
- Wall braces, depending on the size, will cost between $350 to $1,000 apiece.
- Installing foundation piering will cost a minimum of $1,000.
Remember, these are estimates and ranges. We can’t say anything for sure until we inspect your home (which we do for free prior to any project). The size and complexity of your home, along with the nature of the problem, will influence the cost estimate.
Why We Do Certain Waterproofing Tasks
Waterproofing work is almost always a situational repair, meaning that we do a certain procedure in order to remedy either a chronic or acute problem with water entering your home. As always, time is of the essence, and it’s better to catch problems earlier so that the solution will be less expensive.
There are many waterproofing solutions but some of the most common are epoxy injections, interior drain-tile systems, grading (to alleviate foundational water flow), and applying waterproof membrane (wall wrapping). It’s always smarter to try smaller, conservative tasks first, but if you have an older home with a persistent problem, some of these approaches will not suffice.
Finished Basement Options
Of course, when we discuss basement waterproofing, we must distinguish between finished versus unfinished basements. You would handle these differently because of factors like wall paint, flooring, and so forth.
Since we have to be extra careful with finished basements, we try to identify the least intrusive ways possible to address leaks and cracks. The first place to start is with two-part epoxy injections. These work well for addressing minor cracks by sealing them with a liquid sealant composed of polyurethane.
If, however, the cracks are deeper, then there’s likely a bigger problem like the settlement. That could require more excavation and other techniques like wall bracing and foundation piering.
It also helps to address problems from the outside of your home by adjusting downspouts, cleaning your gutters, installing exterior drain-tile systems, and water trenching. Downspouts can be a big deal because if they’re pointed the wrong way, you can erode your siding and walls in no time, thus decreasing their lifespan. For that reason, we often bury them to keep water off your exterior components altogether.
Olson Foundation Repair is Happy to Help You With Basement Waterproofing Cost Concerns
We don’t want any of this to come across as overwhelming. Olson Foundation Repair has many flexible ways to finance projects. We accept cash, card, escrow payments, installment payments, and other methods.
Also, we always make sure that our workmanship corresponds with the significant costs of doing work on your home. We promise our crew will always show up on time, clean and restore anything we had to excavate and inform you of what we’re doing with updates throughout the process.
If you want to know how much basement waterproofing costs for your home in Kansas City, contact Olson Foundation Repair today.