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11:45AM | 11/27/18
Hi there, I am guessing my garage was built as an add-on to my home as it is about 4 feet higher than my basement. There are stairs and a doorway from inside the garage leading into the basement. We live in a town with a high water table. During/after a heavy rain water has found a crack in the wall leading down the stairs to the basement and pours in. We have french drain channels at the bottom of the steps that catch the rain water and is pumped out by our basement ump pump - in a heavy rain it cannot handle it and flows into the basement under the door. I also noticed a crack in the garage floor. One contractor tried to sell me on an expensive garage french drain system - he was going to put the sump pump on the opposite side of where the water is collecting on an exterior wall (back of garage) the other contractor wanted to put the pump near the steps which would be against an interior wall. I am not sure what to do. I am considering digging a sump hole myself and am not sure of the placement or how deep I should dig it. Not sure if french drains are necessary or overkill - if that's the route I'll have to pay an expert. Any suggestions would be appreciated - I am trying to avoid spending big$. Thank you.

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