Originally Posted by bungi43
When you get to your full build out, with your previous water issues, are you going to address those?
I don't know the dimensions of your basement, but I had similar issues. I had water once from a sump pump issue (which I address), but then I had it a second time as seepage. And unless you address that issue, it will never get better on its own, only worse.
While it wasn't cheap, I ended up trenching my basement 4 years ago. Best money I spent on my house. I've not had a drop of water since. I don't worry about my HT stuff any longer.
That maybe the next step we take. Here's what we did:
Six inch gutters and larger down spouts
Gutter covers (not mesh, but actually covers-no issues with leaves during fall of the covers)
French drains at least 15ft from the house
Regrading the entire back yard (biggest diff)
Upgraded sump pump (the builder grade one wasn't even piped away from the house ...so water pumped right back to just outside the foundation)
trenched along the back of the house where the real issues were happening
Pond lined landscaping around the house with river rock vs mulch for ground cover with shrubbery.
For the theater side, we had two places where water was trickling in. This issue was a result of gutters being full of leaves and water over flowing to those two points at the two corners in the front of the house. We hadn't moved into the house but had ownership...so once I cleaned the gutters we haven't had any issues (we expanded those gutters, french drains, gutter covers and pond lined landscaping along the front of the house any way).
But, as you can see in the area where the trickles happened, instead of carpet, I covered the floors in black epoxy. For comfort, design and acoustical concerns; I have area rugs over the epoxy floors. If the same issue arose on that side, I'd be dealing with drying out the area rug(s) and cleaning the epoxy floor. Additionally, we use PVC baseboards too.
My reason for saying a build out in a year or more is we want to have at least two seasons under our belt before we invest in the build out. That being said, you maybe right and we add the cost of trenching around the entire house or at least the front side.