My concrete block basement has been leaking in at least two places for some
time, and only now do I have the resources and lack of patience necessary to
deal with the situation.
It leaks enough during rainstorms to prevent my ever finishing it off for
living space, so I want it fixed.
The problem is...I'm not exactly sure what would be the smartest approach.
A contractor recently gave me an estimate approaching $4,000.00 for one of
those baseboard "trough" systems that drains everything to a sump. I
thought it was pretty pricey for a band-aid, and others I've talked to
agree. It does seem to be an effective system in keeping water off the
On the other hand, I've seen multiple postings on this forum that indicated
addressing the issue from the outside can be even more expensive ($10,000 or
more), with positively no guarantees it'll fix the problem. Many posting on
this forum are of the belief that solving a wet basement problem is one of
the toughest things to do.
I'm assuming the "outside fix" would entail backhoeing around the entire
foundation of my house, patching where necessary, installing drain tile, and
then landscaping away from the foundation.
Complicating the problem is that the concrete walls have already been
painted inside, and tar-patched on other spots outside.
So: anyone have an idea what kind of $$ you'd typically look at for this
type of project? Is it a better gamble than the "trough" solution? A
reasonable amount of $$ is not an issue if it actually fixes the problem.
I'd be interested to know what kind of experiences others have had with both