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The Dangers of DIY Waterproofing

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Written and Edited By Gavin MacRae


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Home repairs can be costly, especially regarding waterproofing and foundational repair. With a rise in DIY TikToks and Youtube videos about these subjects, doing it yourself may seem attractive. However, if you attempt DIY waterproofing, you may face a bigger bill than before, fines, bodily harm and structural damage to your home.

Here are some reasons you should always hire an expert to perform your waterproofing.

Videos Won’t Be Accurate

Professionals in the waterproofing industry know that no project is the same. Sure, the methodology of projects will overlap and be applicable in many circumstances. However, each home has a different set of issues to address, opening to waterproof, and layouts to keep in mind.

A professional will not just repeat the steps you’ve seen in a video but also analyze your property’s exact needs to give you the most comprehensive service.

No Quality Guarantee

You want waterproofing that will last, but there’s no guarantee of the quality of information you get from a DIY video or your handiwork. By doing DIY with no experience, there are a lot of risks involved.

When you hire a professional, they bring years of experience in that subject. Many successful projects and a long history of learning the niches of the subject make for reliable quality of work. Most professionals will also offer some sort of guarantee so that if there is an issue, you can get it fixed.

Need Proper Materials

Waterproofing is not just digging. In most cases, it requires some level of licensed machinery and excavation. If you do not have these licenses or the equipment, you will not do a satisfactory job in waterproofing your home.

Could Cause Foundational Issues

Waterproofing is not something to skimp on. A poor waterproofing job could lead to cracks in your foundation, long-term structural issues, and fines from the government for not keeping your home up to code.

It is hazardous to attempt home waterproofing yourself due to the risk of foundational collapse over time.

Health & Safety Risks

Waterproofing affects more than the foundation of your home; it affects the health and safety of your family. When water seeps into a foundation, mold can grow in the house, resulting in long-term health issues for you and your family.

If you would like to hire a professional to waterproof your home, reach out to GJ MacRae for experts with over 40 years of experience.

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

Gavin MacRae is a professional foundation repair and basement waterproofing expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. He has extensive knowledge about foundation issues such as settlement, and cracks as well as expertise in repair techniques. Gavin is also highly skilled in basement waterproofing using interior and exterior methods. He has worked with hundreds of homeowners to provide permanent solutions to foundation and basement problems.