basement waterproofing

I see many companies listed, some independent, more regional And nationals with 800 numbers. Hard to get reviews. I was looking into angies list, then chickened out. Any recommendation in northeast, Pittsburgh area.
Greg
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On Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:56:25 PM UTC-4, Gz wrote:

First thing I would do is check what is going on with water outside. Is the yard graded correctly so that it slopes away from the house? All gutters working correctly? Pipes to take water away from the downspouts, out to 8+ ft away from the house? Been out in a heavy rain to see what is actually going on as opposed to what you think? Any water pooling up near the house, etc? Those things can be the source of many basement water problems and can greatly reduce or eliminate them. I had a problem with water coming into my basement once. It turned out that one of the corrugated pipes attached to the down spout wasn't pulled up high enough. It looked OK, but in a heavy rain, water came pouring out the top of it, right at the foundation.
If you're going to engage a company, I would try to find neighbors who have had work done. And make sure you talk to customers of any of the companies under consideration.
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Got a big hill right in back. The gutter was leaking. I need ditches out back and side of house. Need sump pump, and interior wall recoated. Front of house needs a little foundation work, and big cement deck removed. Can't see a way to fix it. Buying me a foreclosure. House built around 1900.
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gregz wrote:

Since you're buying yourself a foreclosure, and you already know what things need to be done to fix the problem, then my vote would be to skip the basement waterproofing companies altogether. I think you'll end up spending a lot more money by hiring a basement waterproofing company than you would if you just hire people to do the various parts that need to be done.
There is also the question of whether you want to do any of the work yourself. I have done, or have had done, all of the things that you mentioned about your property on various properties that I have.
So, for example, if having the big cement deck removed is one of the things that needs to be done (you're probably right about that) -- there could be two options (I have done both) -- hiring someone with a backhoe to do it, or rent a jack hammer and break it up yourself. If it is not too thick, it's pretty easy to rent a jack hammer to break it up and it's fun to try. If it is too thick for a jack hammer, a backhoe is probably your only option. There are places that take concrete for recycling for virtually nothing if you can get it there. Or, you can rent dumpsters from concrete recycling places for a lot less than renting a regular dumpster as long as all you do is fill it with concrete that they will be recycling.
If you go the back hoe route, the same person can probably regrade your property to create the ditches and runoffs you said you need. Or, maybe a landscaping company can do the deck removal and regrading that you need. And, of course, they deliver and pick up the dumpster -- you just fill it and they take it away.
If at all possible, don't do the inside of the basement wall yet. Instead, have the same landscaping and/or back hoe people dig out next to the basement wall on the outside and then have someone parge the wall on the outside and then coat it with waterproofing "tar" (or whatever the call that stuff).
If, after doing all of that, you find that you still need a sump pump, either do that yourself or maybe hire a company that does them all the time to put one in. In that case, that may be a basement waterproofing company, but just use them to put the sump pump in -- not do the whole job.
Again, that's just my vote based on what you wrote so far.
Good luck.
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Good advice. I really don't want to tie myself down with work. I have 30 days to get the required work done for occupancy permit, but can renew. Had a downspouts rerouted today, and had roofing guy do estimates on side porch. The roof looked pretty good he said. Contacted home insurance person. I was looking at cement contractors, but I asked the guy across the street if he could do it, and said yes. He has heavy equipment. I could install sump pump, but I might do like you say.
Nice to have guy across the street. He seems to spend most of his time building custom cabinetry in his garage. He has two double wide garage doors. One for cars.
Greg
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gregz wrote:

Sounds like a good plan to me, especially with the guy across the street having heavy equipment.
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been there done the wet basement thing:( At my moms home I had inherited..
Started by installing a exterior french drain around most of the home, wate rproof outside walls with the tar coating, installed new sidewalks, steps, part of the driveway, regraded entire yard brought in tractor trailer load of gravel for under the sidewalks, new downspout lines to street at dayligh t.... curb appeal was awesome, basement dry I was happy, exhausted I was a laborer on the job although I had help:) Cost a fortune.....
2 months later the water was back burgling up thru the floor.....
So I got the interior french drain with sump pump and that solved the wet b asement issue.... the interior solution was far less expensive, and far les s disruptive than all that exterior work that wasnt effective:(
I used http://www.advancedbasement.com/index.php?option=com_content&view =article&idG&ItemidT
they did a excellent job and honestly after this was all over I wished I ha d gone with the interior drain first...
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I had that site bookmarked. How long was the drain. Mind if I ask cost ??
I'm going to do a radon test first, but summer is not a good time to test.
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The other....
http://www.bakerswaterproofing.com/foundation-repair.html
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I spent over 10 grand on the exterior french drain, with everything and me as the hard working laborer...
home is 28 feet by 32 feet exterior drain to footer drain over 3/4 of home...this about 10 years ago, so costs have no doubt gone up
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How much was the interior drain ?
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