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    We had a unique situation where our oil tank was underneath an architectural pillar, and abutting the concrete foundation of our house. Wayne was exceedingly careful with the process, made himself overly available to my multiple calls/concerns. Additionally, he was able to perform the work within a week of calling him, which was most important with a pending closing on the house. I would unconditionally recommend Wayne to anyone considering tank removal and associated work.
    - jonathan n.
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    Gentleman was incredibly helpful and took 15 minutes to ask questions about what was happening and describing the issues. He ended up telling me not to worry, it was just settling, and giving me good advice when to call in a pro. I really appreciate his time and honesty.
    - benjamin s.
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    We were extremely happy with the work done by Jonathan and his crew. The house was to go on the market and they made it completely ready to get top dollar. JJS, together with the stager, Rivertownstaging, enabled us to get five offers at or above asking the day after the open house. In less than a week, we had an agreement for a little under 10% over asking. We could not have asked for better work.
    - Jeffrey O.
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    Arrived promptly and provided initial estimate.  Work began quickly and proceeded as scheduled, weather permitting.  The initial estimate was exceeded due to a hidden wall that had to be removed and some additional work we requested.  Anthony called, texted, and met me often to keep me informed of progress, present options (including lower-cost ones), and confirm that the work was satisfactory.  The new walls and steps look great.  I would highly recommend Anthony's Masonry.
    - John V.
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    James is a pleasure to work with - they were prompt and with the large crew, completed all the work in two days. We were concerned about our new driveway but were assured they would cover everything with tarps. When they left, the area was immaculate and all the repairs look great. We are looking forward to having them back in a few months to do some other work.
    - GLENNA V.
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    Mark came and inspected our basement and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It turned out the initial concern was not a problem, but that there was another cause. He did a tremendous job explaining how sump pumps worked and how they should be properly installed. He also explained the difference between a "home" dehumidifier and a commercial one. We ended up just ordering the dehumidifier for now.

    The dehumidifier was installed by Luther who was very prompt and professional. He explained the ins and outs plus necessary maintenance. He made sure we received the thermometer/hydrometer that was offered with the dehumidifier. We have received that already in the mail. He also pointed out the required registration forms to fill out for the warranty.

    Extremely happy with the performance of everyone at Budget Dry and the unit they recommended. Would recommend them without reservation.
    - Jeffrey O.
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    Absolutely fantastic.  He was very friendly and very responsive.  The price was lower than I expected, and he came in right on budget, despite a few unforeseen snags that came up along the way.  His men were very careful not to damage our plants when they dug down around our foundation and even replaced the pachysandra that they had to dig up to access the foundation.  He went out of his way to get blacktop for us (even though it wasn't part of his normal work), and kept us informed every step of the way.  We could not have been happier. 
    - Todd O.
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    I had four separate estimates for my basement waterproofing project that I needed to have done before I had my basement finished. This was the cheapest; the other in range, B-Dry Systems, was about $5500 (the $6000 project cost for the above included an additional option, which was a vinyl flooring system that installs above the concrete and allowed us to eventually have a rug installed. The other two estimates: one was $8000, and one, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing, was an insane $21,000 (and the guy wanted me to sign on the dotted line right there. Good lord.) The consultant, Tom Gibson, didn't sell the sizzle. He sold the steak. He sold his product. Explained why they use the system they use, and advised strongly against spending extra money to waterproof the garage (as that area already drains outside) and against putting in their new basement wall system because of the need to cut those walls to size, which would not fit in our basement. (Who needs cloth walls anyway). We agreed to put the sump pump in the garage, and install about 65' of drain in the trench, along with a covering on the walls (ClearTrack or something) and the super-hydro crazy battery backup. This was a bit pricier than I expected, but I went with it because I don't want it to stop working in case of loss of power, which is entirely possible in our area. The guys showed up to jackhammer the basement after I emptied it out. One note to anyone considering this: find a way to put up plastic at the nearest egress from the basement to the rest of your house, and then also consider maybe putting damp dropcloths up too. It creates a LOT of dust; this is unavoidable, and modest efforts may help. During demolition the workers - who were prompt, btw - discovered that a pipe in my garage, long buried, meant that the sump pump had to be located in another location. We decided on an area adjacent to the boiler and the water heater; they originally wanted to put it in another corner, which would have made finishing the basement all-but-impossible. The sump pump still exited to the outside through the walls after running PVC in the joists above the ceiling, which was a relief as we were unable to have the pipes run to the other side of the house (a patio is there, no grass to allow for removal). Note: The sump pump NEEDS a dedicated outlet - a 20 amp outlet - and it ideally needs a backup outlet on another circuit. If you can't do this yourself, you'll need to get an electrician to do this. Ours is the "Triple" system, so it has the main outlet (1), the backup (2), and the battery (3). From there everything went smoothly. The trench was excavated, the drainage system laid in, concrete applied, and the vinyl track, which is smooth, pulls apart easily (they're like tiles). A few months after the project was completed and we put up walls using metal studs screwed through the vinyl trak into the concrete floors and we put a rug down, we did get a bit of water in the basement at one spot, right near where one of the screws went through into the floor. The water sort of "wicked" its way up and soaked a 1' x 2' area of the rug. We had Basement Systems come back - they determined that some extra water was coming in at the walls and helped solve the problem by putting in a window well that allowed us to keep water from coming in via the window, which it still was doing. This was an additional $350, but it was also necessary - and they were prompt with a response and understood the matter very well. Since then - that was June 2009 - we have had an entirely dry basement. I check behind my walls once in a wihle to see about wet spots and I occassionally run my hands on the floor to do the same, but I have seen no other problems. We have been able to enjoy our basement ever since.

    UPDATE: It's now August 2011. We have had 2 problems with the basement since.
    1) A small water puddle developed in the back of the room that was handled by installing a window well - another $350. Thought it had done the trick. And since it was about a 1' square space, didn't worry about it too much.

    2) More water again in August of this year -- which the technician said was probably because they had installed a certain "CleanSpace" product on the walls in a way that was not allowing the water to go directly into the waterguard track in the floor, but getting around that to get under our vinyl flooring - and then wicking its way up onto the rug. This was pretty upsetting, to be honest. It made an approx 3' x 5' area of the rug pretty wet and forced vacuuming and now I have a smell to get rid of. They did replace this Cleanspace product with something else called BrightWall, which *should* handle the problem. They did not charge for this - it's part of the warranty, which is good.

    The good news? The power went out during Hurricane Irene and the floor stayed dry (yay), the water didn't seep out from behind the Brightwall (yay), and the backup battery worked for at least 12 hours (yaaay) and continued to pump water, sometimes at a rate of about every 10 seconds (Yaaaay). So after Irene, we lost power for 1 1/2 days and the basement stayed bone-dry. This was perhaps the ultimate test and it passed. So that part is great. Amid this, somehow one of the two pumps developed some kind of short -- when I plug it in again, it trips the circuit breaker. So currently, I have one pump and the battery - the other has to be fixed.
    - David G.
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    - Elizabeth F.
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    - vincent m.
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