foundation waterproofing

What to Look for In a Foundation Waterproofing Contractor

Congratulations on buying your first home! Now that you’ve settled in and can make a “to-do” list for your new abode, you’ve probably found a million things you’ve never heard of before. One of those tasks may be to waterproof your basement. You’ve narrowed down that it sounds good to do, but now you’re wondering how to hire a Toronto foundation waterproofing professional! We’ll let you in on a few tips on how to choose the best Toronto foundation waterproofing contractor for your needs.

The Reviews and Credentials of the Potential Contractor

No matter what you’re going to do whether you’re getting your hair done or you’re going to fix something in your home, you’ll always want to look at reviews. It should be noted that you shouldn’t look on the website of the potential contractor you’re hiring, as they only pick out the best or create fake reviews in order to get your business. Before hiring a Toronto foundation waterproofing contractor, you’ll want to look at a number of unbiased websites that aren’t owned by them in order to gauge the most accurate reviews. Websites like Yelp, and sometimes Facebook will allow you to see the most accurate reviews that can’t be totally controlled by the company. Angie’s list is another great company that will make sure you’re reading the most accurate depiction of the company’s contractors.

Lifetime Transferable Warranty

This next one is one of the most important things to view within a contract. You’ll want to make sure that the contractor is held accountable for their work later on. If they do not have a structure lifetime transferable warranty, and perform a shoddy job, causing an issue with the structural integrity, they won’t be responsible for their work and you’ll lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

It’s also worth mentioning that sump pumps have some sort of lifetime guarantee if you don’t like installing them yourself – having this will mean you’ll receive the help you need each time. The more wordy the contract, the more you have to be careful, so make sure you have someone else help you read through it for safety’s sake.

Quality Materials for a Quality Job

You shouldn’t go to the cheapest contractor, as you’ll see a decline in the materials used. While saving money is nice, if low-quality materials are used, you’ll just replace soon anyway and shell out even more money. Instead, find a quality contractor that uses materials like perforated PVC and related materials to ensure that they’re at least using the basics. Speaking of pricing versus material, let’s talk about pricing in general: finding a contractor with conservative pricing (not too high and not too low) means that you should be getting a decent job done as you tend to pay a little more for better service; however, don’t let yourself get scammed by a contractor who’s charging an arm and a leg for shoddy service. Looking at reviews and conservative pricing will allow you to come to a fabulous conclusion for the best foundation waterproofing service in Toronto

Final Thoughts

Beyond what we’ve mentioned, you’ll want to ask questions based on research and let the contractor know that you know what you’re talking about and can’t be scammed. If they don’t seem to answer your questions, or you find that they don’t have the proper certification and licensing, you should eliminate that contractor as an option immediately. You don’t want to pay a low ball amount for shoddy work just to say that you got it done, because it could cause a lot more problems in the long run that’ll cost you even more money.


Product Review: Bissell Momentum Vacuum Cleaner

The Bissell Momentum is a moderately priced, high-efficiency, bagless vacuum that is powerful enough for professional use, yet affordable for the budget-conscious shopper. The Bissell Momentum provides many convenient features and few drawbacks. Retail price for the Bissell Momentum averages about $139 but it may be found on sale as low as $99.

Bissell Momentum Review

If your former vacuum cleaner is performing moderately well, or worse, prepare to be embarrassed the first time you run the Bissell Momentum. When you pride yourself on clean floors and learn just how much dirt, dust, or carpet freshener has taken residence in the carpet.

The bagless Bissell Momentum collects the debris in a large, clear, salmon-tinted container that is both easy to remove and clean. After the first run with the Bissell Momentum, the nearly full dust-catcher didn’t support the fact that the floor had been vacuumed only two days prior. Albeit the vacuum cleaner the Bissell Momentum replaced should have been retired months ago.

Not only is the Bissell Momentum powerful, the vacuum cleaner offers several features that save time and provide convenience. Of particular note is the 35-foot power cord which is not frequently found on vacuum cleaners.

The 15-inch dual-edge cleaning base and heavy-duty brush makes for truly efficient vacuuming. Dirt and dust is readily suctioned with fewer motions and Surround Suction® technology allows the Bissell Momentum to clean well around baseboards.

No filter cleaning is necessary as the Bissell Momentum utilizes a Hepa Media filter that is designed to be replaced as needed, for about $12. An air flow indicator located on the front of the vacuum shows that the vacuum is working at maximum potential.

For those who use attachments, the Bissell Momentum comes with an exceptionally useful one, a rotating TurboBrush® that works well on both stairs and upholstery.

A crevice cleaner, dust brush and a 15-inch extension tool are also included.

The 12-foot stretch hose on the Bissell Momentum is wider than most vacuums possess and durable, making it harder to clog or crack.

Seven height settings are available on the Bissell Momentum, which some may find overkill while others prefer the precision.

Bissell Momentum Drawbacks

Few cons exist to the Bissell Momentum but a couple of features could be improved upon.

Attachment Hose: The attachment hose extends adequately when pulling it vertically or above the vacuum, but if pulled horizontally the vacuum tips over rather easily. So the advertised 12-foot stretch hose is somewhat misleading.

Weight: The Bissell Momentum feels lightweight while vacuuming yet this model is moderately heavy at roughly 20 pounds. This is lightweight for its power class but individuals who want a truly portable vacuum may find this a bit heavy.

Bissell Momentum Specifications:

  1. 12 amps and bagless technology
  2. Rotating DirtLifter brush system
  3. Cyclonic cleaning technology keeps filters clean longer and provides more suction
  4. 15″ wide cleaning path with clear foot window
  5. HEPA media filter
  6. Easy Empty dirt container
  7. 12′ flexible stretch hose
  8. Powered rotating TurboBrush attachment
  9. 35′ power cord
  10. Dual edge cleaning with surround suction for hard to reach places