I have a 30 year home. At some point in the past a french drain/drainage
tiles and a sump pump were installed around the perimeter of the basement.
In the three years since I moved in, on three occasions I have had a puddle
near one corner of the basement. I do not know where the water comes
in...it does not touch any walls and the walls are dry...presumably up
through a crack in the floor.
I want to finish my basement. I have spoke basement waterproofers and
always get the same answer...your system failed it has to be completely
replaced (new perimeter trench, new drainage tiles, etc). But I do not know
if they really even think of the problem...they always seem set on a whole
new system (obviously to their advantage)...i feel like i cannot get any
could a less expensive solution work...add a sump pump near where the puddle
has been...add extra drainage tiles under that part of the floor leading to
a new sump pump...etc
i feel that these contractors (or at least the ones I talk with) play are
trying to play on my fears to get me to agree to install a really expensive
my old system for the most part seems to work...i have had a puddle three
time in one spot with the rest of the basement dry...mb
p.s. i have delt with contractors for other types of home work without any
problem or discomfort but basement waterproofing seems much more like "a
racket" with high pressure sales techniques...