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Is French drain necessary

Posted by Mark on February 23rd, 2000 11:32 AM

My basement has had water seepage thru hairline cracks in the floor
twice in 6 months (both times were after unusually high rainfall).
We've called several waterproofing companies, all of whom want to
break a trench around the perimeter of our basement to install a
drainage pipe (French drain) and sump pump. This is very labor
intensive and costly. My question is this: how effective would
it be to simply install a pump below the floor? I have to believe
that this would sufficiently lower the water level below my floor,
thereby preventing seepage,
and would be considerably less labor and cost intensive. Thanks
in advance for any comments.

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