just wanted to share the latest,since i first posted in "AROUND the HOUSE--BASEMENT WATERPROOFING & REGRADING". Will be brief, as i am trying to pack for florida (tampa/clearwater) vacation. Leaving wednesday...ACTUALLY, going on day #5--my mistake-- in about 7 hrs.. .Italian cement nieghbor is doing my excavation & waterproofing. Already got the INTERIOR VIDEO ( onto disc ) of my "tiles/pipes/lines"--$350.00!!!
1) THURS-SAT---Nice Weather!!! ALOT of machinery/tools/people/trucks..I CAMCORDED excavation process.
WE STARTED in BACK/DECK area, off of family room. There is a fireplace in family room & one DIRECTLY BELOW also, in basement. THIS area of basement ("fireplace room") & along side of house where i have a neighbor (i have corner lot) is WHERE FLOOD came in. THUS, this back/deck area, also contains the fireplaces. SO, part of deck is torn out & there's old stone patio still in place underneath. Excavation finds THIS IS AREA where SELLERS WATERPROOFER did WORK & NOT "laundry Room" area (which is "around the corner") as realtor TOLD me it was done. I mad--because when i flooded & SELLERS WATERPROOFER came out--HE told ME to do "WATER TESTS" on downsputs/foundation when winter ended, to see if any flooding happens!!! MAJOR FINDINGS: 1) cement "ledge" on fireplace brick was NOT "tarred" by previous waterproofer &/or builder 30 yrs ago. 2) footer where cement block foundation is on was NOT tarred either. 3) NEW PVC "tiles" by previous waterproofer were ONTOP of footers instead of BELOW/on SIDE of footer . 4) PVC "trap like" connection on corner of back/neighbor side of house area. 5) ?pipe leading to nowhere/not connected , by previous water proofer on other cornerof back/where laundry room area meets. 5) something about the placement/height where the NEW storm pipes? (ones which carry water from; gutters away) where not right by previous waterproofer.. 6) tree/shrub roots galore & old clay tile/pop bottles left in trench by previous waterproofer.
NEXT--excavation of along "neighbor side" of house..MAJOR FINDINGS: 1) a BLACK plastic PERFORATED tubing (looked like what you use to vent your dryer out-only black- & what my dad says farmers use on their farms to ?irrigate/defer water away?.. THIS was about a couple feet under the dirt...If the SELLERS put this in--then THEY KNEW ABOUT WATER PROBLEMS--for this side of house & back/deck area is where flooded. 2) old clay tiles so blocked w/clay mud 3) shrub roots 4) no tarring of where footer/cement basement blocks meet again (as w/rest of perimeter)
NEXT--front of house & under front steps to end of attached garage---same thing w/roots & clay/stone packed old clay drain tiles. The corner where the old clay ?storm pipe? was , was actually filled w/a root mass, that when it was pulled out-it was the shape of the pipe.
REST of GARAGE area deferred to last & new garage floor to be done--but the pipe lines connecting front to back that run under the garage floor were flushed out. They had a hard time & thought maybe the pipes were ?misaligned? & or not connecting right?, but then said believed they're ok.---i really didn't understand this part & plan of action RE; connecting old/new was changed.
FINISHING up to where we are now going to the back again & bypassing the remaining side of the garage--(we had to call a heating/air person to remove my a/c unit from this area & is where all my cable/phone etc lines are)--we now are along side where "laundry room" area in basement is & back to corner of back/deck area (where they found pipe leading to nowhere) & to tell the truth--@ this hour of posting & so many "findings" they told me to camcord--i can't remember what the other "MAJOR FINDING" was i camcorded!!!!
LAST--trenches dug were nice. THEY laid down new pvc drain tiles & ?storm lines? with clean outs at ALL bends (ALOT)--per the city engineer who had come out & did that "topo" for me, his recomendations. walls were powerwashed, cracks sealed & tarred---which included the cement "fireplace LEDGE" & all footer/cement basement block seams .
2) SUnDAY---Let the rains begin. Well lets just say musdslides into trenches AND NOW INSIDE MY BASEMENT i have a leak-water comming out of HOLE in GROUT where a waterproofer who came out for estimate took a screwdriver & poked a HOLE in it----more on that later
3) MONDAY--RAIN/MUDSLIDES---inspector out so crew can start backfill stones quickly--don't know much because i at work---BUT MY INSIDE LEAK getting bigger--
4) TUESDAY--today is another day
----all for now--i'm tired & tired of my nightmare----i'll post in about a week when i back from FLORIDA if can't get back before i leave