Three straight days of non-stop rain and I got a layer of water covering my entire basement floor. I have had small seepage problems before, but never this bad. Has anyone ever had a professional company waterproof their basement (like EverDry, The Basement Guys, etc. -- I think those are national)? I have someone coming tomorrow and so not looking forward to the high pressure sales tactics, and the big flashing sign over my head that reads "sucker" doesn't help me in dealing with sales people. When I set the appointment, they actually asked me "and will your husband be there for the inspection" and "what do you do for a living"? ? What's that got to do with getting a free basement inspection? I could almost hear the dollar signs cha-chinging in her head when I said I wasn't married.
And my basement, while not "professionally" finished, does have drywall; like a previous homeowner put up some framing, hung some drywall and painted it, and glued some tiles directly to the basement floor (which are all mostly loose and I can pick them up with my fingers due to the water). I told them this, and asked if they cut down portions to see the actual basement walls and she said no, they don't do that. Well how can they see where the water is coming from if they can't see the true basement walls? I feel like they are just going to tell me I have to get this whole basement system like on their websites where they dig trenches all around your house, tear up the basement floor and put in french drains and sump pumps, and aren't even going to tell me other options, like maybe all I need is waterproof sealant on the walls if its something small, like maybe there's a single crack behind that drywall that's causing all the problems. I do have a sump pump, and I know it works because twice in the last four weeks I happened to be standing outside where it discharges at and heard the pump come on and run, and saw the water coming out the tube.
So anyway, if you had this done at your house, what can I expect from the inspection and how can I know if they are not just suckering me into tearing up my whole house to put in their drain and weeping tile systems they promote on their websites? I can only imagine this is going to cost several thousand dollars (I'm guessing like 15-20??) There is no way I can afford that.
Gawd I wish I would have never bought a house! My thinking at the time was the extra monthly condo fees weren't worth the cost on the condo versus home issue. Lawdy do I see now how they are sooooo worth it to not have to deal with all the problems of home ownership!!