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Posted: 6/19/2014 1:31:06 PM EST
When the heavy rain comes my basement gets wet. Thinking about calling some contractors in to get it waterproofed. Any experiences, or things I should look out for?
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 1:33:43 PM EST
Main thing is there are lots of scammers in the business..

Check for references and get at least 3 estimates to be certain.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 1:47:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 1:49:03 PM EST by Gutter1000]
In Ohio, call Ever-Dry. They did my home, tore up concrete along inside perimeter walls to add inner drain tile, new sump pump well, and sump-pump.
They also added drain tile on the outside perimeter about 3 feet down. Also installed this: http://ezbreathe.com/

I had B-Dry come over for quote/plan, all they do is add plastic sheeting to walls, did not like their plans.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 1:58:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 1:58:45 PM EST by blue87fj60]
First and foremost make sure your gutters are clean an your downspouts take water away from your foundation. Even if you have to add pipe. Secondly, make sure there is pitch away from your foundation.
Two biggest problems with water infiltration that people overlook.

Link Posted: 6/19/2014 2:13:14 PM EST
Second the motion on calling Everdry. Worked for them in Michigan for a year and their system works great. Even did a couple friends homes on the side and there still dry 20yrs later.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:05:50 PM EST
The interior drain and sump is kind of a passive approach, but it gets the water that ENTERS your house a path out.
You are still getting water into your basement through your walls.
Do not put waterproofing on the walls on the inside. This traps water in the foundation walls.

If you can afford it and if the house is worth it to you, waterproof the walls from the outside and provide a drain tile on the outside.
There are several systems available and products.
Don't just "tar" the walls.

Also, be sure that the water is entering through the walls and not up through the floor.
Floor repairs are a different animal.
Link Posted: 6/19/2014 6:37:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2014 6:43:02 PM EST by Muad]
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Originally Posted By Gutter1000:
In Ohio, call Ever-Dry. They did my home, tore up concrete along inside perimeter walls to add inner drain tile, new sump pump well, and sump-pump.
They also added drain tile on the outside perimeter about 3 feet down. Also installed this: http://ezbreathe.com/

I had B-Dry come over for quote/plan, all they do is add plastic sheeting to walls, did not like their plans.
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No, don't call NeverDry. Worst rip off ever. I spent north of 14K and it took 6 years and a lawyer to get my basement dry. I still am not happy, as now I have three sump crocs in my basement.

Call a qualified foundation repair company with at least 25 years of experience.

NeverDry doesn't stop water from entering your walls, they just pump in out after drilling weep holes in the bottom of you walls to drain into the inside tile they install. If you don't dry the block, mold will keep growing, etc.

OP, I can give a all kinds of advice, PM me if you want. Where in Ohio are you?? If near NW Ohio I can recommend a good contractor.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 2:27:59 AM EST
The water is coming from the floor.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 2:35:26 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ScottyPotty:
The water is coming from the floor.
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No, that's where you first see the water. What is the source of the water? Bad drainage around house? Improperly placed gutter downspouts? Leaking gutter joints? Leaking water pipe in ground?

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Link Posted: 6/20/2014 2:44:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By ScottyPotty:
When the heavy rain comes my basement gets wet. Thinking about calling some contractors in to get it waterproofed. Any experiences, or things I should look out for?
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You need to work outside the basement to channel water away from the basement.

grade the land away from the basement, put in french drains, or channel the water from the down spouts away from the basement

or all 3 depending on what is going on.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 3:11:54 AM EST
We are currently looking at waterproofing also. We are considering it as preventative prior to finishing our basement. We have just noticed some small amounts of water near the basement doors in heavy rains and high humidity. We currently have two dehumidifiers and they are constantly running.

One guy came out on Saturday to give us an estimate. They specifically request both husband and wife be there for the appointment. It was a high pressure, scare you to death and convince you that your house is about to be washed away in the river running below your house. He spent an hour in the basement measuring and hitting the floors and walls with a hammer. After he left my wife said she was nervous at first than she realized he was full of crap the more he talked. The estimate was a little over $19k but he was willing to do it for $17k if we signed up right then. He was pissed that we didn't sign that day.

The second guy came out on Tuesday. He looked at our house, never measured anything, and told us to put some new seals on the door and fix some drainage outside. Waterproofing isn't necessary for our basement. He said to have the dehumidifiers drain outside and everything should be gtg.

We have a third appointment next week.

Good luck OP.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 5:17:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By JS2071:
We are currently looking at waterproofing also. We are considering it as preventative prior to finishing our basement. We have just noticed some small amounts of water near the basement doors in heavy rains and high humidity. We currently have two dehumidifiers and they are constantly running.

One guy came out on Saturday to give us an estimate. They specifically request both husband and wife be there for the appointment. It was a high pressure, scare you to death and convince you that your house is about to be washed away in the river running below your house. He spent an hour in the basement measuring and hitting the floors and walls with a hammer. After he left my wife said she was nervous at first than she realized he was full of crap the more he talked. The estimate was a little over $19k but he was willing to do it for $17k if we signed up right then. He was pissed that we didn't sign that day.

The second guy came out on Tuesday. He looked at our house, never measured anything, and told us to put some new seals on the door and fix some drainage outside. Waterproofing isn't necessary for our basement. He said to have the dehumidifiers drain outside and everything should be gtg.

We have a third appointment next week.

Good luck OP.
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Sounds like NeverDry. The second time they came out they brought a "foreman", and he said that my kid was going to get sick from the mold, etc. I told him to GTFO NOW. They started at almost 19K for us, and after six months, I told them I'd do 14K. They installed all this BS add on crap (EZ breathe, battery back up system, and a huge commercial size dehumidifier). The battery back up only lasted a few years, and when the batteries went bad, I was SOL (their lifetime "warranty" is BS). New batteries (deep cycle marine type) were going to be $700+, so I told them to yank them. They even tried to take the old batteries, boxes and chargers with them when they left. Umm, No. Those are mine.

The mold they were trying to scare me with kept coming back, even after they actually excavated my south and west walls down to the footer (the manager said they had never done that in the past for anyone). In the process of that, they ran over my septic tank (I told them to watch out and gave them a general idea of where it was at; they never probed to make sure), and then they fought me on replacing it. They caved it in. In the end that cost me another $1100+ (they picked up two thirds of the tab). In the end, it was all a waste since they back filled the hole with CLAY, and never installed a new footer tile. They did tar and visqueen the walls, which didn't do squat.

They actually still owe me a paint job on my basement walls. I had hired a professional painter to spray the walls, and the mold came through again. They ground off all the paint down on the block to "diagnose" the problem, and promised to repaint it. That was two years ago. In the end, the only way I got them to do the job right (dig along the foundation down to the footer, install new footer tile, back fill with STONE, etc.) was to have my lawyer send them a letter that we were going to litigation. They called the same day they got that letter and seemed to really care about my problems then.

I will give NeverDry one credit. They came each time I called (which was a LOT). When sump pumps went out (I had FIVE sump crocks at one point, why they did that I have no idea), water was getting in the basement, etc.; they would send someone out to try and fix the problem. For that, I am thankful.

Honestly OP, or anyone else looking to take care of water in their basement. Call a foundation repair company that is a true masonry specialist. They would have been MUCH cheaper if I'd have called them to begin with. We could have saved a couple to a few grand, easy. Not to mention a lot of stress.

P.S. Oh, and NeverDry ripped me off on the Ez Breathe deal too. They said it recycled the air, but wasn't a dehumidifier. So, they sold me on BOTH it and a huge Santa Fe dehumidifier (about $3000 in crap supposedly). Come to find out, from the EZ Breathe's own website, it's a dehumidifier too. I can't run them both at the same time, so I just run the Santa Fe (which is a really nice dehumidifier). What a waste. And yes, it's partly my fault for believing a salesman, however I was a young kid with a wife and newborn. I wanted the best environment for them, so I paid up.

/neverdryrant
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 7:47:56 AM EST
You can actually do a bit yourself to help the situation:

-Grade soilbetter away from the foundation
-Insert Tile Drain around foundation esp at key areas.
-lengthen downspout drailn exit
-Thoroseal paint for basement walls.

Link Posted: 6/20/2014 7:53:04 AM EST
Sometimes, I wish we had basements here in Texas...




...and sometimes, I'm glad we don't.
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