I recently had to deal with a wet basement in my own house. You see, my house was built in 1962. The basement is almost entirely underground and there is no sump pump. We only bought the house in January but we began to notice that water was appearing on the concrete floor and we couldn't tell where it was coming from. What a headache!! I also noticed that some of the things I had stored down there were starting to grow mold. Gross!!
As a Realtor I have walked into
many, many moldy houses and seen the effects of wet basements. When I
had seen some home owners deal with the issue, their
contractors had built motes around the entire house, added drainage,
then the sump pump and then refilled the moat again. I could only
imagine the expense!!! In addition, my house has a concrete patio in the
back. All I could think about was how much it was going to cost me to
have them break up that patio and then put in a new one.
the advice I always give my clients: get an estimate from several
contractors. Check on websites like Angies List to see if they are
reputable and then make your decision. I was so glad that I did!! I
had a few contractors price the job and give me a detailed explanation
of how they were going to deal with my basement. What I learned is that
there are other ways of water proofing the basement that do NOT require
digging on the outside of the house. The contractor I chose will
actually dig into the concrete inside the house but only about 8 inches
wide and 8 inches deep. They then install a type of drain that will
collect the water from the foundation and deliver it to a sump pump. I
found out that this method, although still somewhat expensive, is from a
1/3 to a 1/2 cheaper than having to excavate around the house and much
less intrusive. So if you are thinking of waterproofing your basement,
make sure you get several opinions and take this one into
consideration, it will save you a lot of money. I know it saved me!!