Purchasing A New Home With A Water Damaged Basement

Water Damaged Basement QuestionsYou may have just found that dream home. It’s everything you want and more, but it comes with one small catch.

The basement has extensive water damage.

At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we suggest you always have a professional inspect your future home, before signing your name on the dotted line. However, if you’re willing to take on the additional responsibility and cost of repairing a water damaged basement, here is what you need to do.

  1. Find out how it was damaged: The seller should be able to tell you what happened to the basement that caused it to stay in this condition. Any present leaks, cracks, and underlying foundation issues should be brought up and become transparent.
  2. Address the issues quickly: If your new home comes with a damp or wet basement, the first thing you should do is fix it. Water and wetness will eventually damage your foundation, and letting the issue linger will only make it worse. On top of foundational problems, air quality and health factors come into play, when your basement is wet.
  3. Find the source of the problem: Look back over your information that both the seller and basement professional gave you, about your water problems. Figure out where the water is originating from, and set your sights to resolve the underlying issue, in order to tackle the rest. Is there a crack in the window? Leaks coming from the floor? Is your foundation becoming weak? These are all questions you should ask yourself, and a professional, before committing to any basement waterproofing job.
  4. Plan to waterproof your basement: Once you’ve made the purchase, make a plan to get your basement waterproofed. We encourage you to call Tom’s Basement Waterproofing as soon as possible, in order to schedule your basement waterproofing job before you start moving your items into the house. We’ll come out and inspect your house, give you an estimate, and start work as soon as you’re ready to get things moving!

Tom’s Basement Waterproofing has been servicing homes across Metro Detroit for over 40 years, and we have seen many homes built without proper basement waterproofing consideration.

If you have fallen in love with your perfect home in Michigan, feel free to give us a call to evaluate your basement situation, and make sure your home is safe and ready for your family to live with forever! (586) 776-7270