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  1. #1
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    What kind of guy do I need?

    I don't know if I call an excavator, a plumber, a concrete guy, or someone else for this. When it rains, my unfinished basement floor is wet. I know some water is coming up from the ground so I need a sub pump, but this photo shows a window where there is water coming down the inside of the basement wall and winding up on the floor. I assume a good deal of the issue is the concrete walk probably isn't sloped away from the house due to settlement and the house being older than any of you.

    I have no french drain and can only assume an outside french drain (where they'd have to dig up a foot or so of the walk way and around the whole house) would be better than one on the basement floor to stop the water from even getting into the basement.

    So what type of trade do I look up on the yellow pages for estimates that would alleviate my problem?
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  2. #2
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    Sounds like you need a GC to coordinate many trades and possibly replace some wood and drywall if its been wet and is rotting/moldy.

  3. #3
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    You need a waterproofing contractor, more then some of them are concrete contractors.

  4. #4
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    Local to your area are
    Mid Atlantic Waterproofers
    Value Dry
    Keystone Foundation Service
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  5. #5
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    Definitely a foundation waterproofing contractor. It could require excavating around the basement. Most of the time the water comes in from the walls rather than up through the floor. The best line of defense is to keep the water from coming in; the drain tile and sump is a second line of defense.

  6. #6
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    Thank you.

  7. #7
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    the best solution is to have the waterproofing guys trench around the outside of your home, then seal the walls of the basement to prevent infiltration through the walls. Then, when backfiling add some drainage pipes to carry water away from the foundation, and finally, if possible slope the grade away fro mthe home. if you still have issues, phase two is installing the french drain and pump.

  8. #8
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    Sounds like you've done this before!!!
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  9. #9
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    I live in bucks county, common problem that is getting worse due to too much building and not enough drainage.

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