Frequently Asked Questions

What causes water in basements and crawlspaces?
High water table is the result of constant rains, melting snows that penetrate through the soil. The pressure of the water under the floor in your block and around your foundation walls will eventually lead to water infiltration, or flooding.

Hydrostatic water pressure is the pressure against the foundation of the house which can cause cracked foundation walls, cracked concrete floors, the deterioration of block foundations and consistently damp walls and floors. Improperly installed gutters and/or clogged or broken downspouts can result in inadequate drainage of water away from the foundation of the home and increased hydrostatic pressure.

What are some of the signs of the structural and foundation problems caused by water pressure and seepage?
Some of the signs include: foundation walls bulging in towards the basement, shifting walls, vertical and horizontal cracks in the foundation walls, cracks in the stairs or steps, concrete floors lifting and/or dropping, and the buckling or warping of panels.

Why should I correct my water problem?
A wet basement or crawlspace decreases your property value and your living area. The leaks will become more severe during heavy rains and melting snow. By installing SJ Waterproofing's patented pending interior or exterior drain system, which is backed by a lifetime guarantee against any water seepage, you will gain the peace mind and get the benefits of increased property value.

Your house will be dry, its foundation structurally sound, and you will be able to enlarge your living area by finishing your basement. By eliminating water in your basement or crawlspace you will provide a healthier and cleaner environment for yourself and your family.

What are some of the health effects caused by water in basements and crawlspaces?
Some of the health effects include respiratory problems caused by mold, mildew, and fungus.

How to Select a Waterproofing Company?

• Is the company local?
• Is the company a franchise? (Require you to use the “one-size fits all” approach of using their “patented” system, which often benefits them more than the homeowner and can be costly)
• Does the company have their own employees or do they use subcontractors?
• Do they use salesmen or is the estimator someone who is currently performing the proposed work or has the experience to perform the proposed work?
• Does the company have a physical location in the area from where they claim to be in business?
• How long have they been in business?
• Are they licensed and insured? How much insurance do they carry and is the insurance relevant to the Scope of Work they are proposing?
• Can they supply a Certificate of Insurance (“COI”) showing proof of Liability, Worker’s Compensation, Auto and Umbrella Policies? (A COI only showing Liability, could be an indication the does not in fact do their own work, but rather uses Subcontractors)
• Can they provide references upon request?
• Are they members of the BBB (Better Business Bureau)?
• Do they hold other relevant licenses or certificates that would confirm legitimacy as to proper insurance coverage and expertise in the work they are proposing?
Remember, a company’s size has absolutely no relation to how reliable or competent it is.

The Disadvantage to Using a Company that Uses Salesman and Subcontractors:

• Does the salesman have the ability to adequately inspect your issues and make recommendations when he/she has never performed this type of work?
• Paying too much to cover commissions to salesman and fees to the subs.
• Are proper insurances in place? (Who is responsible if something goes wrong…ie worker getting hurt on the property or if work is not performed properly and consequential damage exists?)
• Have background checks been performed on the people doing the work in your home?
Franchises, etc.
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