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The Best Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn NY Are the Ones Proven Safe to Hire

Waterproofing contractors in Brooklyn bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the ones that have exceeded the minimum New York City regulatory requirement. They are the waterproofing services proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for value and ability, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as waterproofers in Brooklyn, including basement waterproofing, crawl space waterproofing, french drain installers, and more.


The TOP 10 Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn NY

Vulcan Basement Waterproofing

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100 Lauman Ln, Ste B
Hicksville, NY 11801
NYC #735412, NJ #13VH01609200, PA #14876
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Areas Served: NY Metro Area including Westchester County, Flushing NY, Yonkers NY,…
Services: basement waterproofing, french drains, sump pumps, residential & commercial waterproofing,…
Key Brands: EZ Breathe Ventilation System, Little Giant Pump Company

Kings County Waterproofing

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1023 New York Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Areas Served: Brooklyn NY, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bed-Stuy, Borough Park, East Flatbush, Sheepshead…
Services: cellar dewatering, basement waterproofing, all waterproofing services

Olympic Waterproofing

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2069 Benson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Areas Served: Little Odessa NY, Brooklyn NY, Sheepshead Bay NY, Prospect Park…
Services: waterproofing incl. crawl space waterproofing & moisture control

Champion Waterproofing Co

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6512 14th Ave # 6
Brooklyn, NY 11219

Areas Served: Brooklyn NY, Kings County NY, mMarine Park, Highland Park NY,…
Services: local waterproofing services, crawl space waterproofing

Bonded Waterproofing Service

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65 Woodbine St
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Areas Served: Brooklyn NY, Brighton Beach NY, Kings County NY, Bensonhurst NY,…
Services: local waterproofing services incl water sealing, drainage systems

Falcon Waterproofing Inc

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6202 12th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11219

Areas Served: Kings County, Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn NY, Wingate, Williamsburg NY, Flatbush…
Services: drainage systems, sump pumps, waterproofing sealants

Traditional Waterproofing

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3904 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Areas Served: Brooklyn NY, Brownsville, Greenpoint, Flatlands, East Williamsburg, Midwood, Kensington
Services: waterproofing incl. sump pumps, drainage

The Best Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn NY Are the Ones Proven Safe to Hire

The state of New York requires no state license for waterproofing contractors in Brooklyn so there is no state standard for competency among waterproofing companies.  However, Brooklyn does require a New York City license of residential waterproofing companies, which requires passing an exam with 21 out of 30 questions, though not one specific to waterproofing services.

But that NYC license for waterproofing companies is no guarantee that any particular waterproofing contractor in Brooklyn is doing business ethically, proving lasting value, or satisfying their customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all contractors for waterproofing in Brooklyn who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as verified city license, survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

Waterproofing is most effective when done at the time of construction because concrete itself is not watertight on its own.  One approach is the application of waterproof membranes of various materials like bitumen, silicate, or polymer sheets that act as a barrier between the building and the water.  A more recent approach uses additives to the concrete itself, known as integral waterproofing systems. There are two types of integral systems to give concrete a waterproof quality: hydrophilic which replaces the water in the concrete with crystals, and hydrophobic which uses fatty acids to block pores within the concrete, preventing water passage.

But the need for waterproofing contractors in Brooklyn often involves solving water leaks, water seepage, and flooding in existing structures, especially cellars, basements, and crawl spaces.  

Basement Waterproofing
There are two categories of basement flooding. One is surface water entering the basement from the walls, including windows, wall cracks, pipe penetrations leaks, or basement wall seepage.  The other category is groundwater in the basement through the floor slab, or the cove joint which is where the basement floor and walls meet. This kind of water seepage is referred to as hydrostatic pressure. Good waterproofing contractors will start by determining if the flooding is through the walls or through the floor (hydrostatic pressure) or both.

Basement Flooding from the Walls
Basement water problems are rarely solved by applying waterproof compounds to the interior walls since those interior coatings will degrade over time or can't handle the pressure of water already penetrating the wall.   Cellar dewatering or basement waterproofing is properly done on the exterior, so that water never accumulates around the foundation.   This may include grading the soil to keep water at least 15 feet away, installing a drywell if a downhill slope to the foundation is unavoidable, extending gutter downspouts further away from the walls, and correcting window wells that accumulate water.

Basement Flooding from the Floor Slab (Hydrostatic Pressure)
The amount of ground water can increase with rainfall, causing hydrostatic pressure that pushes water through the cellar floor. The most common solution is installing a drainage system which includes a drainage pipe, gravel or drainage stone, concrete to cover the gravel, and a discharge system consisting of a sump basin and sump pump.   Proper installation of a basement drainage system will prevent seepage by removing water before it rises to the level of the basement floor and divert it to a sump well recessed in the floor where a sump pump discharges it elsewhere.   Basement drainage systems are usually installed along the interior part of the foundation and can be retrofitted into homes when exterior drainage systems fail or don't exist.

Sump pumps ideally should include a battery back-up to prevent failure during power blackouts since storms can be the common source of both rainfall and power outages.

Crawl Space Waterproofing
Originally it was believed that moisture control of crawl spaces was achieved by venting the crawl space to the outside.  More recent experience indicates that crawl space venting leads to moisture problems like mold, rot and insects because the moisture level of crawl spaces fluctuates with the outside humidity, while a closed crawl space remains dry.   For existing crawl spaces, waterproofing a crawl space includes fixing water entry problems, closing off the wall vents, installing a full ground moisture barrier (lining the ground with plastic) inside the crawl space.   The crawl space should not be closed off if there is unresolved water entry or if furnaces or water heaters are supplied with air from the crawl space.  If the hot water heater relief line and drain pan terminate in the crawl space, piping should be added to run these lines to outdoors to prevent overflow from flooding the crawl space.

Installing a crawl space drain will prevent plumbing leaks and water spills from creating standing water on top of the ground moisture barrier (such as ground lining polyethylene). Moldy crawl space air can be prevented from entering the house by sealing floor holes and duct leaks.   Closing the crawl space from outdoors includes sealing wall vent openings with rigid foam and sealing with caulk, expanding foam, or mastic, sealing all wall penetrations for electrical and plumbing, and adjusting the crawl space door or access panel for a tight fit. Sealing a crawl space can reduce moisture levels such that hardwood flooring above it may shrink and show gaps while some previously buckled by moisture have flattened out.   Some waterproofing companies may recommend permanently installing a dehumidifier inside the crawl space.

Full Service Waterproofing  vs One-Size-Fits-All
Many waterproofing contractors offer only one kind of solution, or their own patented system.  If your own research or an independent inspection has already determined that's exactly the kind of waterproofing you need, then it can make sense to hire that company.  But if you have not determined yet the exact cause of the problem and the right approach, then a company that sells only one kind of waterproofing might not be the best option.  Some waterproofing contractors are "full service" meaning they provide multiple options and approaches and can recommend one based on an inspection of your property and determination of the exact causes of water seepage or water leaks in your case.   And remember, cheap waterproofing has not saved you any money when it fails to work,  so think long term, and look for written guarantees which can be anywhere from several years, decades or a lifetime warranty. 

Some Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn Are A Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these contractors for waterproofing in Brooklyn NY: Kings County Waterproofing Brooklyn NY, Olympic Waterproofing Brooklyn NY, Champion Waterproofing Co Brooklyn NY, Bonded Waterproofing Service Brooklyn NY, Falcon Waterproofing Inc Brooklyn NY, Traditional Waterproofing Brooklyn NY, Vulcan Basement Waterproofing Hicksville NY, Basement Waterproofing Solutions Freehold NJ. Other waterproofing companies in Brooklyn NY that might still be in business include: S&B First Waterproofing Co Brooklyn NY, NB Waterproofing Brooklyn NY, Grand Waterproofing Co Brooklyn NY.

Questions to Ask Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn NY

When it comes to waterproofing in Brooklyn NY, ask them these questions about their abilities, experience, and credentials:

• How long have they been waterproofing in Brooklyn specifically? (Different areas can have unique soil conditions, water table and rainfall issues that it helps to be experienced with.)

• Do they provide only one type of waterproofing? What types don't they provide?

• In the case of basement waterproofing, do they do exterior work or only interior? If they do basement drain systems, are they above the footing (might be less effective) or sub-floor (below the slab).

• How many other waterproofing jobs have they done of the exact type you're seeking (sub floor interior drains and sump pumps, soil grading, liquid sealants, etc).  Different types of waterproofing requires different skills, tools, and experience.

• Can the waterproofing company give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All waterproofing contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• How do they determine pricing?

• Will they be performing every stage of the work or do they use subcontractors?

• Is there a written guarantee, for how many years, and what are the terms?

•  Can the waterproofing contractor vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All waterproofing companies  bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Do they have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance? (All waterproofing contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• What inspection work will they do before preparing an estimate?

• How long will it take and does the waterproofing company give any kind of guarantee of completion by your deadline date?

• How well do they know their crews? Do they personally hire and train their crews, or do they bring them in from the outside on a project-by-project basis?

When you've chosen the best waterproofing contractor in Brooklyn for your needs, make sure they are licensed by New York City which is required by city law if the waterproofing is residential. (All waterproofing companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had the necessary NYC license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

Resources About Waterproofing in Brooklyn NY

The following is a list of trade associations and publications related to waterproofing contractors.

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Waterproofing in Brooklyn NY

Basement Health Association

The Waterproofing Contractors Association

SWRI (Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute)

LRWA (Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association)

SWA (Sealant and Waterproofing Association)

NAWSRC (National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors)

Publications for Waterproofing Companies in Brooklyn NY

Applicator Magazine

Clear Water Repellent Manual

Waterproof Magazine

Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Magazine


If you are looking for weatherproofing or waterproofing, The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Waterproofing Contractors in Brooklyn NY within the following zip codes:

11204, 11212, 11220, 11229, 11237, 11203, 11211, 11219, 11228, 11236, 11201, 11210, 11218, 11226, 11235, 11249, 11209, 11217, 11225, 11234, 11245, 11208, 11216, 11224, 11233, 11242, 11207, 11215, 11223, 11232, 11241, 11206, 11214, 11222, 11231, 11239, 11205, 11213, 11221, 11230 and 11238

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Waterproofing in Brooklyn NY within the following cities:

Williamsburg, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Brownsville, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Canarsie, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Homecrest, Flatbush, Kensington, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, BoCoCa, Farragut, Little Odessa, City Line, Ocean Hill, New Lots, Prospect Leffert Gardens, South Slope, Fort Greene, North Williamsburg, Georgetown, Paedergat Basin, Wingate, Weeksville, Remsen Village, East Williamsburg, Ocean Parkway, Highland Park, Stuyvesant Heights and Prospect Park