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    Buckeye Foundation Systems
    I did alot of research in the area of wet crawl spaces and their fixes.This involves educating yourself about building codes and the science behind in particular, crawl spaces.I had a very wet crawl space( sometimes standing water) and as I explored the reasons I found out the hard way what and the way foundation drain tiles work.Mine was installed incorrectly from the day it was installed when the house was built.It obviously was not inspected.I live on flat ground so there is not alot of room for getting this right.I actually dug up the complete foundation drain and re-installedit my self ( I really didn't have the money at the time and I was angry at the builder for allowing this shoddy workmanship, the builder is no longer in business).By the way I don't really recommend this for the faint of heart,it is very labor intensive.When I did this it solved my problem by about 60 percent.By the way I got several bids by companies to do this work and none,I repeat,none were willing to come out and look at the job and wanted to give me prices over the phone which was another driving factor in my taking this on.Anyway I didn't have standing water anymore and I waited through the winter of 2009( I performed this work summer of 2009) and we had an extremely wet spring and the crawlspce while not keeping standing water anymore was still very wet and very humid and I starting to see mold at this point and I was extremely worried about this situation.While researching this problem on the internet I stumbled acroos the science of crawl space encapsulation.The more I read the more it made absolute sense to me,treat your crawl space like a basement.The Department of Energy sponsered a study about thisand actual homes were built with this purpose in mind and confirmed everthing I read.That even though building code says you must have so much ventilation in your foundation it doesn't work as you would think,especially in the event of poor drainage situations( my house).Please educate youself about this if you find yourself in a similar situation, the internet was great about this,I spent many hours going over the Pros and Cons of this.Anyway I decided I had read enough and I was gong to get bids from several waterproofing companies,including those who did not do crawl space encapsulation.I consulted Angies list a picked one of the top rated waterproofing companies Aquaproof and several others that did the crawl space encapsulation,because I wanted to hear all sides from what would I considered professionals in their industries and measure what they had to say about each others methods.Anyway only two companies actually came out, out of five I requested bids from.I deliberately kept my mouth shut about what I knew in my research. After all, all I had was research not real world experience.Anyway the first company was Aquaproof an Angies top contractor for waterproofing.He was prompt and came while were having a driving rainstorm,which was perfect.Anyway they do not do encapsulation they waterproof the foundation and bring all the tiles into the crawlspace to a sump pump,they were also going to put an inside drainage system in likewise.There two problems I had with their bid ,one was if the sump failed completely I would have all this water going into my crawlspace( they were going to put my downspouts into the drainage system also).I have no doubt that the majority of the time this works well but I assume the worst and all he could say that it wouldn't happen.I work in the service industry and have experienced many times something shoulsn't have happened.And one of the last things he said to me was don't do an encapsulation that it doesn't work without any real explanation( there was more to the conversation which lead him quoting me a price for an air exchanger for my crawlspace).So I am not trying denigrate this company they appear to be quite successful at what they do with lots of good testimonials,by the way their bid was the highest of all bids by 3,000.00 dollars.Now for the others, one company out of Michigan which coincidentally had the most information on encapsulation appeared to be a one man show and we did all our business over the phone and e-mail.He uses sub-contractors and no one was going to come out and look,he wanted me to go into my crawl space and take digital photos of the whole crawlspace and specific areas and then measure the whole crawlspace so he could give me an accurate price( he turned out to be the lowest bid).I didn't do anything he requested because dubious nature of an out of state compny with no local connections.By the way he sells all the materials to do this with if you feel spunky.Now I had only one other company willing to come out and they are from the Zanesville, Ohio area.They do all forms of waterproofing and foundation repairs.The salesman that came was very educated in crawlspaces and the encapsulation procedure and actually got down in the crawlspace to look,he was the only one to do this.I was extremely impressed with his professionalism and his easy manner of no pressure style even though he had driven three hours one way to get there.He thoughoughly explaned the encapsulation procedure and how long it would it take and most importantly the warranty and how they stand behind it( I had already researched them as a company as a part of my selection process).Their price was middle of the road.The end result was I went with this company and they were nothing short of amazing through the process.I was kept informed as to when they were coming and they kept their dates and finished in two days.I later went into the crawlspace to run permenant electric for the sump pump and my crawlspace is dry as a bone,the musty order is gone from our house, the possible mold issue is gone.I didn't have to the work I did for the outside foundation drain as the other company wanted.They did install an inside drainage system and connected it to a sump pump,but I do not worry as I am not bringing outside water as the other company wanted to do.The team that came out was very professional led by "Johnny" did a superb job.I waited several months to reserve my comments on purpose to make sure that things were going to be as they said they and too date they are and I high praise for this company, if you have any wet problems involving your crawlspace or basement I wouldn't hesitate to call this company.Steve Ray was my inspector and sales person.For me this was very costly and still habor resentment towards the builder because I shouldn't have had to do this,but like wise the building inspector wasn't doing their job either.It isn't easy or much fun but educating yourself about these things but it pays off in the long run.Oh by the way there is a 25 year warranty on the work and materials,excluding the sump pump,and you get it writing. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me with any questions,google came up with all kinds of things in this area.
    - Kenneth M.
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    Jaco Waterproofing
    Extremely nice and punctual.  The estimate was a great price, however, I used another company only because I only had a portion of the basement done.
    - Kelly B.
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    Sohan & Sons Waterproofing Co
    Extremely professional and courteous, however, I used another company only because they were willing to do part of the basement.
    - Kelly B.
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    AquaProof Inc
    Very professional and showed images of comparable jobs on iPad.  Amit was not pushy in any way and would have definitely used them, but we decided to put the work off.
    - Kelly B.
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