Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Jul. 31, 2019
Cover page.    
Entity Registrant Name BASIC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Title of 12(b) Security Common stock, par value $0.01 per share  
Trading Symbol BAS  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Central Index Key 0001109189  
Entity Tax Identification Number 54-2091194  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Bankruptcy Proceedings, Reporting Current true  
Entity File Number 001-32693  
Entity Address, Address Line One 801 Cherry Street  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 2100  
Entity Address, City or Town Fort Worth  
Entity Address, State or Province TX  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 76102  
City Area Code 817  
Local Phone Number 334-4100  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   25,816,692