FAQ's About Basement Waterproofing

1.Why should I fix my basement?

There are many reasons…a healthier living environment, increased living and storage space, avoiding further structural damage to your foundation, increased property value, and peace of mind.


2. What if my basement is finished?

Our Inspectors have numerous solutions to choose from with little impact on the interior finishes.  This may include such simple things as removing a section of the paneling or drywall, removing the baseboard or pulling back the carpet.

3. When should the work begin?

Actually, you must wait 3 business days after you sign a contract before the work can begin.  This is a state law.  The consumer has 3 business days to check out the other companies or to just simply change their minds -- NO EXCEPTIONS!

4. How long should the job take?

It varies depending on the size of your basement (or crawlspace) and the complexity of the job.  Either way, it should not take longer than 3 working days.

5. Do I need a permit to do this type of work?


Yes, you will need a permit.  As a matter of fact, you will need (3) different permits: Building, Plumbing and Electrical.

Most municipalities will require a Rough Inspection prior to finishing the job and also an Engineering Report sign by and certificated Structural Engineer.

6. How do I know I am choosing a reputable company? 


  1. The BBB is a great way to start: Are there any complaints against the Company? If so, what are they for?

  2. Angie’s List Check the rating and take a moment to read the reviews

  3. Department of Consumer Affairs, make sure there are no complaints against the Contractor

  4. How long has the Company been in business? Longevity counts

  5. Must have references in your surrounding area, Contractor should provide landline phone numbers, when possible

  6. If the Company implies mold Remediation Contractor must have a Certified Trained Technician on site

  7. For your protection Contactor must be O.S.H.A compliant 

  8. Company must perform all work, NO-SUBCONTRACTOR or “INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS”  


United Waterproofing guarantees the areas waterproofed to be free from water leakage as long as you own the property and is transferable to one additional Owner.