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Then after a month had elapsed and my check had been cashed, I had to reach out again and ask when this was going to be done. Late October and finally the excavation happened over a three day period (I was not told how many days that part was going to take). I had (foolishly) assumed the entire thing, floor and all, would be done in a week.
On 10/22 it was expected the slab (garage floor) would be poured in "a day or two". Footers for the drain that would be in front of the garage doors had been poured and they needed to cure.
11/1 and "we are almost ready for the slab. Should be next week".
11/9 "I'll give you the exact date tomorrow."
11/14 They returned to finish the form and grading. Slab still not poured.
11/18 Due to illness, another postponment (This is no one's fault but now the days are getting colder and it's been 3 months since I sent the deposit and asked about when this was going to be done.)
12/3 "We are coming tomorrow for final prep."
12/5 Amid some wet weather they came with the huge cement truck and crew to pour the garage floor, finally. The huge truck damaged the driveway (which was already cracked and in need of replacement, but it didn't have a big rut in it until the truck showed up). Nothing was offered in terms of compensation for it.
They stayed and babysat it (which I appreciated) to make sure that it would set properly, due to the fact that it was so moist (of course this was the first wet weather in a while and coincided with the pour.)
I was away for a couple of days and returned to have a look. Rain from the roof pitted the concrete in a few places near the drain due to it not being set (seems like it could have been covered to avoid this). There was also water in the garage - not a ton but enough that I wondered if it was left over form the concrete drying. It definitely pooled in the back corner. Shouldn't the floor be sloped back to front to allow any water to flow into the drain?
11/7 "When we take the forms down, we will tweak some things."
We had some snow and then it got real warm and melted. Still a little water in the garage.
11/18 "Taking out the forms and will repair the divots tomorrow"
11/19 "It was too cold to do the final repairs and patches.
Sometime after Christmas
1/1 Finally, the last day.
I just want my garage to be dry, which is why I started this project. We discussed a possible ("no guarantees") solution to water coming in from the side of the garage, which would involve digging a ditch and installing a
The entire project lasted far longer than I expected or what I feel was necessary. I got a result that was probably about 85% what I wanted, but will still have water to deal with. They probably should NOT have poured it on a wet day - it should have been done in warmer weather which was my intent in sending a deposit in August. I feel the floor should be pitched from back to front. The damage to the driveway should have been addressed.
In the end, I did feel
My only frustration is that I just saw a commercial for a local company that supposedly performs this sort of evaluation for free. I don't know if they would have provided the same professional service but it seems important to note.
They arrived on time and imediately went to work.
They finished in 4+ hours and were on their way. They were very professinal and left our basement as clean as possible. I had covered all items in the basement with plastic tarps and ,as expected, all that we found was a limited amount of dust on the tarps after they left.
We are very pleased with the entire process to date by
The proof of the job will be when we have heavy rains and then we'll see if the perimeter drain system works as promised. Based on our experience to date, we have no reason to think it won't work.
The entire work took about a week and half. Everyday, the crew came promptly by 7am.
Once the debris was removed,
After all the work was done,
Overall the experience with
The man arrived at the appointed time, had all the necessary tools and equipment, quickly did his work and left.
The crew came to do the work yesterday - they laid down a drainage mat and rigid insulation on the floor slab and walls topped by a plastic liner, set up a dehumidifier with a drainage line to a sump pump (which they also installed). I was amazed that they were able to complete everything in one day. When the job was complete, the foreman went into the crawlspace with me and showed me everything they had done. I had spent some time in the crawlspace removing the old insulation and was struck by how clean the finished product felt - to say nothing of the energy efficiency and moisture removal benefits.
We have no plans to do additional work in our basement for the time being, but if and when we decide to do any,
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