I'm hoping you all can offer some expert guidance on the best approach to help dry out our basement. Our home is about 80 yrs. old with a stone foundation and (I've been told) a gravel footer. We've been in the house 6 yrs. and the basement floods frequently with rains (and a couple time following overzelous use of a sprinkler!) Tinkering with the grading, gutters, downspouts, etc. has all helped some, but we still have water in the basement. I was under the impression that the *best* solution would be to excivate the exterior foundation, apply some sort of membrane and then fill with drainage pipe and gravel. We've consulted with 3 basement waterproofing contractors and all recommended variations on the theme of French drains and a sump pump. Two were franchsees of national chains and one was a private plumbing contractor with accreditation by the NAWSRC (National Association of Waterproofing and Foundation Repair). The last person seemed particularly knowledgeable and when I proposed the exterior solution she explained that such an approach with a home such as ours would seriously jeopardize the structural integrety of our home's foundation.
So now I'm really confused. As much as I want to save money, I don't want to be a penny wise and pound foolish. Neither do I want to knock my home down! I'm not looking to finish our basement as a living space (I think that's asking WAY too much!) but would be perfectly happy being able to store things down there without them becoming soggy.
So, in a nutshell: what's the story with exterior waterproofing on stone foundations with rubble footers.
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