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08:14AM | 04/23/10
Member Since: 04/22/10
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I recently refinished my basement in Central New Jersey. Covered cinderblock walls with studs and drywall, installed a DRICore subfloor, and carpeted.

Two weeks later we had a major rain storm (4.5 inches of rain) and my basement was flooded. About three weeks before the flood we had a snow storm (20 inches) which finally melted about a week before the rain storm, so the ground was saturated.

We do not have a french drain or sump pump. The only history of flooding in my home was once during Hurricane Floyd and this storm. I had 3 basement waterproofing company's quote me upwards of 6K to cut my walls, dig a perimeter trench in the floor and install a ditch and sump.

Is all of this necessary, or will a ditch and sump alone be enough considering the infrequency of flooding in my home?

One last note, a week after the flood we had another major storm (4.25 inches or rain) and no flooding occurred. Also, no water appeared to be seeping through some of the walls that are still exposed.


07:09PM | 09/26/11
Member Since: 07/22/11
28 lifetime posts
i think a ditch and sump will be plenty. especially since your last rain storm didn't do a thing to your basement. i wouldn't DARE spend 6K!!


02:48AM | 10/19/11
Member Since: 07/07/11
8 lifetime posts
Can contact a company specializing in the treatment of basement flooding.

Kevin Sinyerd

08:19AM | 10/19/11
Member Since: 10/18/11
4 lifetime posts
I would use sani-tred!!! really!! the chances of being flooded again are very real and also alot of the time we have large rain storms we are also treatened to loose power so forget the sump pump and just use sani-tred and then stop worrying :) for the record I have nothing to do with sani tred, I am just a very very happy customer and would recommend this product anyday of the week!
send me your email and I will forward some pics of my basement before & after

Kevin - Halifax Nova Scotia

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