You didn’t store your treasures properly and now they’re floating in the basement, so you’ve called some buddies and this weekend you’re going to stop the water once and for all! Unfortunately, digging, applying the waterproofing material and then back filling takes a lot more time than you thought. “We commonly see that the job was started by the homeowner who dug the hole but didn’t complete the job. The hole was left open to take in more moisture and in some cases cave in. Or the ground was so saturated with water that it had to dry out before it could be properly excavated,” says Jamie Hallett, a RCC Waterproofing Consultant. The biggest concern when doing a waterproofing project like this is safety. “Every year there is typically one fatality as a result of trenches caving in,” says Hallett.