A flooded basement is not a situation you want to get home to and you ought to take care of that before you get a real problem on your hands. Make sure to call a qualified professional for this task instead of handling it using crude means like a few clothing pieces forced at the lower end of the entrance of reinforcing the door with some bars. Basements which have not been made to resist water leakage are susceptible to mold growth and the people living in the house will be at risk a far as their health is concerned and this is not a situation you want to put your family through. To find the right contractor, make sure he or she has references you can check to see that he or she is able to do a great job. As far as your house and your finances are concerned, you should not be spending money on any professional unless you are sure the job output you will get from them is something you can live with. Let the contractor tell you why he or she thinks the job is the right fit for him. Ensure you are getting someone who knows what he or she is bringing to the table and how that will be beneficial to you.
The separation point of really great work and an average one is the experience of the individual completing the project. Do not think of it as a disrespect because it is this information that gives you an idea of the task you should assign. Do not just think in terms of years when you are inquiring about the experience level. You need to know the number of projects the person has handled and how the end result was. A person might have been in the field for long but have just a few projects on his back.
Before deciding to sign the contract papers, make sure the contractor of your choice is licensed to work at such a level. If the contractor is willing to break the law in his work, you should know that he or she is not a trustworthy person and this is not someone you should be inviting into your house. The services should come with a warranty because it is an assurance that you will not be throwing away your money only to have the same kind of a problem a few months later. There should be a full disclosure of the techniques that will be used during the project before it even commences so that you can know what you should expect.