Hi I am not sure if I am clear on the drain tile system. Again, house built 51-52.
Q: I know there are drain tiles outside the house at the footer (at least I think that would have been done with the original build).
My question is: are there also separate and complete drain tiles inside underneath the floor around the perimeter? Did they do that back in the 1950's? I.e., two sets of perimeter tiles, one inside under the basement floor around the perimeter and another complete one outside around the perimeter. That is what the plumber who snaked the drain led me to believe.
BTW, I called Everdry of Toledo. I looked at their system and I do not believe that it will solve my problem. It seems that their system takes care of the top half of the basement walls but that is not where the problem is. i.e., I do NOT have water coming in at the top of the basement, it is at the bottom. They want to put a J=channel 36 inches down, run that out to a dry well and then also dig up the basement floor, put in a perimeter drain (which I believe I already have), run that to 2 or 3- sump pumps, pump it out of the house and down the hill. So, that is not the answer. the salesman was noncomittal when I asked him what could take care of the bottom 36 inches of the basement wall that would still get water.
However, if I have it dug out completely and redone, what is to say that the water does not just STAY underneath the basement floor and erode it or come up through cracks. All that water has to go somewhere and I have a very heavy clay soil with a poor drainage problem due to the fact that my neighbors are higher than me and I get a lot of their run off water from the neighbors on either side and the neighbor in back of me. (Which is why I rarely have to water the lawn and have a fairly green lawn while theirs is brown).
Thanks for your advice. I'm still looking for contractors. The Everdry system would cost $14,000. The complete dig out just for the outside perimeter would come to $25,000 ($185 per linear foot) plus the cost of taking out a tree. They refused to do a hand-dig but wanted to bring a backhoe for the entire digout. The inside system has a ONE year guarantee and the outside system has a 25 year guarantee.
Again, thanks for the advice.
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