I see by the date, I might be a little late.
The $20K price sounded out of sight to me too for a FD, but I believe that the diff comes from a difference in use of terms.
By going down below your cellar floor, you are putting in a perimeter drain, which some call a french drain.
But most places where I have worked, a french drain is more of a surface system to catch surface runoff, and guide it away from the house before it has time to seep and penetrate deeper into the soil where it can find a way to leak into the foundation.
What you are doing is the better way, giving a drain so water ahs a way to flow away from the house first. The best of dams will leak if you do not give the water another place to go.
The water has been getting into the block wall and slowly seeping thru to the interior, which is why some block sections werre filled with water until you provide ( by digging) a better place to go than inside.
So run that drainage to daylight or to a drywell, and the waterproof the foundation wall again and 99.99% should stay out.
Excellence is its own reward!
Get Help from Bob Vila
- Give-Aways & Offers
- Monthly Must Do's
- DIY Project Ideas
- Step-by-Step Guides
- Inspirational Photo Galleries