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A member asked Angie Hicks what to do about water pooling in her crawl space
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Where is the home located, what is the exterior wall construction and type, how is the space heated?
It could be a whole host of different scenarios that would generate that result. It is nearly impossible to tell but I would say that most basement moisture problems are a result of bulk moisture intrusion or condensation issues.
Given the deep and hard winter this year, it could be a condensation issue that hadn't previously been shown.
Basement Waterproofing reviews in Franklin
Specifically, on my basement wall was to completely removed and replace the wall. If that company had been timely in giving me a quote, I probably would have had perfectly good cinder blocks replaced. But
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I am thankful for that kind of service.
Washer, dryer, and utility sink were disconnected and never reconnected although proprietor said he would as soon as the cement dried (that was 2 weeks ago). Large hole left in wall where dryer vent should have been re-attached.
Considerable debris left behind which I hauled out personally.
Large hole burned in back yard lawn by workers dumping some sort of caustic liquid. Two feet to the left there was dirt where they could have dumped the liquid and not killed any grass at all.
Proprietor said I'd get a copy of the city inspector's approval. Never got it. Proprietor said a new sump pump was installed but won't give me the owner's manual or show me a receipt.
Proprietor never checked for or asked about an existing sump pump. There was an exterior sump pump that had stopped working due to an electrical short. It's possible that water backed up into my basement solely because that pump was off and the whole $6300 job was necessary in the first place. I'll never know but always wonder....
Proprietor used long extension cord to connect interior sump pump to outlet on far wall of basement. Proprietor left the cord lying on the floor, across the width of the basement. I attached it myself to rafters via cup hooks. Trip and fall hazard! And the cord was lying on the wet (still wet) floor, possible in standing water in case of future flooding which indeed occurred at the next rain.
We had a different company fix another crack a few years back. That work took two repairs to stop the leak.
was much neater and worked the first try. They explained upfront the limitation regarding the corner crack repair. No further leaks
since repair. Would definitely use this company again.
It took a couple emails and phone calls to the company's owner to get what I was quoted to be actually accomplished. They either need to have the same person that quoted the work explain the scope to the on-site workers, or revise their contract forms to accommodate several other details for waterproofing jobs. I had to do a lot of babysitting to ensure I was receiving what I was paying for.
Additionally, one of the workers tried to tie my sump pump discharge line at the immediate base of my downspout. Not only was that explicitly not what was discussed during my quotation, it is simply an industry-recognized bad practice, and yet the worker tried to convince me it wouldn't matter. Shortcuts like these make me nervous about what other corners they cut over the course of my french drain installation, but again, their warranty eased my concerns enough to get past it.
Similarly, a staple gun was used to fasten protective plastic sheeting to the drywall in the rooms where the work was done. Rather than remove these staples individually upon completion, they just ripped the entire plastic sheeting from a single vantage point, putting
Finally, their initial attempt at "burying" a downspout line was to place a pipe in the dirt, and sprinkle dirt on top of it, to where the majority of the white pipe was still clearly visible. To their credit, someone returned to bury t he pipe properly, and they changed the tie-in point of the discharge line to a safe distance, but these are lazy shortcuts I wouldn't expect from a professional company in the first place, and for that reason I give them a B in quality and professionalism.
Overall, they still get an A because they continued to work with me until I was happy, and the owner clearly cares about his company and the quality of service it provides, but there are some pretty easy areas of improvement when it comes to communicating and managing expectations with customers.
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