Do DIY waterproofing solutions really work?

Do DIY waterproofing solutions really work?

The answer to this question is actually “yes” and “no.” While Rogers Basement Waterproofing and other professionals usually advise against do-it-yourself solutions, we recognize that there are some waterproofing problems that you can

handle at home, especially if you are handy.

For most folks, and for most waterproofing needs, DIY doesn’t work because some of the issues are way beyond what even someone incredibly handy can do without proper training and professional tools. While simple waterproofing tasks are an easy affair for some, it is important that you draw the line between work you can handle and work that requires professionals. Additionally, many premade DIY products like paints and some sealants don’t really work.

Why DIY?

Most people will go for DIY kits and related tools because they are trying their best to save money, especially when it is a small problem that needs to be fixed. Others simply enjoy the work and the challenge, or they have all the time to do it.

DIY can seem like a great way to save more of your hard earned cash or to get the satisfaction of a job well-done, but, you have to look at the long term effects. Actual waterproofers are professionals capable of not only making their work look good, but it stands the test of time as well. DIY projects tend not to look as good when they are done, and they most likely will not be able to withstand the same things a professional job can. Also, professionals tend to offer warranties, meaning you get your money back and receive repairs if something goes wrong, but with a DIY project, if something goes awry, you have no one but yourself to blame.

When do you call the experts?

It is important that you do understand the level of difficulty of the job. This means that you should know when to call the professionals and when to do it yourself. If you have an emergency situation, a wet basement leaking, or other major issue, call the pros at Rogers Basement Waterproofing immediately. For less pressing issues, you can do a bit of research to see if it is something you can handle, or even something you have done before, and if you are unfamiliar or unsure about what needs to be done, you should call in a pro.

Overall, however, we recommend calling in a professional every time. Waterproofing protects the longevity of your home, keeping it safe and livable; the safety of the structure and the people inside are far too valuable to risk doing a do-it-yourself project. We pride ourselves on doing things right the first time, and a DIY project that doesn’t work could well lead to more expensive repairs and extensive damage down the road.

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