Originally Posted by gizzygone
I figured I'd try to see your input here since most of you have your theaters/game rooms in your basements.
We bought our house 3 years ago with an unfinished basement. We're looking to add a game room/sports bar type of retreat for the guys.
Right now the concrete foundation does have a few cracks in it, one that leaks during hard rains/snow melt. It doesn't leak much (at most there was about a half-gallon of water after a very heavy week of rain).
I decided to call in a few basement waterproofing companies and one came today. I was simply thinking we needed the crack repair, but they said the only solution is a French drain system with a sump pump.
The entire time I kept thinking this seems a bit overkill, but I let them state their case...
Now, our house was built in 1999, along with several others as part of a development. Our neighbors mostly all have finished basements, without sump pumps. The man doing the estimate said water could happen at any time, and the fact that the house has been around for 13 years without major water issues means nothing...
So here's where the questions comes into play: am I being sold something I don't need? What did you guys do for water proofing? Does a French drain system seem overkill to you, or is the waterproofer correct?
Thanks for any input/discussion.
I have such a system in my home.
I can't speak to your situation or home but I can tell you about my own experience with such a system... And it depends on how you define "13 years without MAJOR water problems
". I'm a bit particular, but I want zero
problems. So, I installed a similar system B-Dry. http://www.bdry.com/home
For me, it's the only solution if you want an absolutely dry basement. I have installed the B-Dry system in my home (and previous home). It is done in a day and I've never had a drop of water since. Moreover, the wall paneling they put up keeps mildew and that basement smell at bay. The only downside is if the power is out for an extended time, you may get wet if it's pouring out. However, a passive water pump can prevent that (and it does not require power). Or, like our home, you can install an automatic, whole home generator so power to the pump is not an issue.
Here's a photo of the vapor barrier and you can see where they dug out and re-poured the periphery of our basement. Moisture from the walls is simply directed down the vapor barrier and into the drain system and pumped out. Once installed, you simply drywall over it.
I am a big fan because I've had experience with the system for 15 years and two homes. I will not put up with water damage and take chances on cheap products like others might. It works and it's as bullet-proof as any other solution out there.