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Basement Waterproofing

Posted by Bill Strouse on January 6th, 1998 05:28 PM
In reply to Basement questions for Bruce M, or anyone else by Pete on January 2nd, 1998 01:29 PM [Go to top of thread]

Be careful if you end up hiring a waterproofer to install a drainage system in your basement. I interviewed a half-dozen of them and have the impression that this is a very unethical business. Quotes ran from $21,000 to $2,500. "Guarantees" are written so they are worthless.

I had a "pressure-relief" syatem installed for around $3,000. Simply a corrugated plastic pipe buried inside the basement walls along the foundation. Holes are drilled into the cement blocks to allow water to drain from them. Water drains through the pipe into a sump pit. It works. Very little cost is in the materials. You pay for the backbreaking work of digging up the floor perimeter....

I looked at the channels that glue to the floor. It was not a cheap option and didn't look like it would work for large quantities of water. Besides, you can see the water.

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