The "Wet basement? Don't worry, we will keep your basement perfectly dry," companies have the same solution for most everything - canals, with plastic diverters, sending water into a sump pump pit. That isn't too effective if the source of the intruding water is not arrested. So, exactly what is the value of this?
Not only has the water coming in from OUTSIDE the house not been controlled, but the water coming THROUGH the basement was has not been either! You can see it coming over, through and around the concrete blocks on the wall!
This untiringly-fun crawl space has been getting wet for so long, it is literally full of mud! And leaves, grass, flowers and sticks...
Someone decided long ago to "open the space up" and remove the angled support wall against the foundation. When they did they seem to have opened a teensey hole in the wall at the same time.
Maybe it didn't leak at first, but it sure did later!
There is a heat pump and water heater down there - this water had to be controlled!
Unbelievably, they never opened or used the bucket of special foundation wall sealer seen on the ground to the right! Who knows? It may have helped!
Now, did the waterproofing company come before or after that little breach was opened in the wall?
Well, since the (very effective) plastic water diverter wraps around the INSIDE AND OUTSIDE of the corner, it was obviously placed there AFTER the hole, and leaking, occurred!
"No problem sir! This will fix it! Gaaarooohnteeed."
I am certain this guarantee extends through the life of the house, and into the next owner's fine occupancy.
My recommendation: before you decide to open up your crawl space (or basement), consult someone who knows what should actually be done!
Oh, what of the sump pump pit you ask? It was mud free and perfectly dry!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560