Many home repairs are not all that difficult for the owner to make. A decent set of tools and watching a YouTube video can go a long way to accomplishing some repairs.
Basement waterproofing is not one of those fixes.
Too many people ignore the obvious signs of a wet basement, said Chris Tarwid, owner of Chris Tarwid Contracting. The company specializes in ending basement leaks and reinforcing basement walls.
The damp, mildew smell of your basement is not going to go away on its own, Tarwid explained.
“Basement waterproofing is a fast, easy and cost-effective way to increase the value of your home,” said Tarwid. “It’s especially valuable when you are getting a house ready for inspections when selling.”
Many homeowners think of paint or caulk as a way to waterproof a basement to end leaks, Tarwid explained. “A professional won’t suggest those as a solution,” he noted.
It may be tempting to just cover troubling leaks. Said Tarwid: “Don’t drywall over water problems either, they will just come back to haunt you.”
Recognizing a basement water problem is not that difficult. But solving it is another matter.
“You should inspect the condition of the brick around your home,” said chief inspector Cody Listrom. “Do you see cracking or crumbling? Do you know where to look?”
Tarwid Contracting pros can show you what you may have missed.
As Tarwid noted, big companies are not always looking out for the property owner’s best interests. “They like to excavate the entire perimeter of the outside of your home, which is a process that takes three weeks,” he explained.
“We waterproof from the inside which can be done in one day,” said Tarwid. “We remove only 12 inches of concrete along the perimeter. There’s no tractor equipment needed, only a jack hammer.”
Property owners will deal directly with Chris Tarwid, the owner. Chris may even be one of the crew members on the job. Tarwid said he is continuously working with his crew to improve their skills and techniques to make them the best in the business.
When waterproofing work is underway, it’s also a good time to replace basement windows, which are often a source of leaks themselves.
Chris Tarwid Construction pros can add egress windows that provide an additional level of safety to the lower level of your home.
The company has BBB A+ rating, and 50% of all of its work comes via referral.
Their work comes with a warranty. Photos and more details are available at christarwidcontracting.com, including signs of water leaking and waterproofing needs.