Skip to content

Basement Update!

March 7, 2011
Really good news today. Days like today make me really like my neighborhood. The contractors I am writing about have done work for almost all of our neighbors so I can get first hand genuine referrals.

The water in the basement kept leaking through late into yesterday afternoon. I remembered my realtor Nancy Clark, from Prudential Realty, had mentioned during our home search that she knew a great “basement guy” in case we ran into foundation problems. I emailed her on Sunday for his information. The first thing I did this morning was call the “basement guy” Bill Yadlowski and his wife Ruth-Ann, B-Dry, and a few other basement waterproofing contractors.

Bill was great. Turns out of foundation is solid. **Hurray!!! Jubilant jumping up and down**The original exterior drainage system on the perimeter of the house is starting to fail though. Well, the house is ~80 years old so it’s not such a surprise. He said the leaking will only happen a few times during the Spring and during heavy rainfalls and that if we think we can deal with it to just monitor the issue. He can install an exterior drainage system along the foundation of the house to permanently fix the problem, but he only recommends it if we want to finish the basement. He gave us an approximate estimate of $9,000 which includes rebuilding the window sills and replacing the windows.

Bill and Ruth also noticed our man hole drain that has been keeping Geoff and I guessing. We lifted off the cover and it was scary in there. Two clay pipes from the original exterior drainage system empty the exterior water in to this giant hole in the basement. Why on earth it was a good idea to intentionally bring all of the water we are drying to divert from the house into a hole in the middle of the basement floor is beyond me. But this is how it was done. A huge 4-inch standing sewer pipe is also in this hole. The clay pipes dump water into the hole (the water was almost at floor level by the way) and when it rises to the height of the standing sewer pipe it over flows into the sewer pipe and goes into the city sewer. So all those stinky fumes that have been coming up through the floor and from the sewage in the sewer! Gross!

Get this – the city’s sewer system is overburdened by storm water, and there are developers and builders in Ann Arbor who need to dump their waste into the sewer but the system is so overloaded there is no space. So, these city tells the developers they can use the sewer as long as they pay to free up space used by the storm water. So the city charges these developers to divert storm water from peoples basements into the storm drain and out of the sewer. The cost to me? NOTHING. IT’S FREE. I guess some things in life are free.

So Bill Yadlowski called up Jim and Steve from Perimeter. Perimeter is a company which facilitates the diversion of the storm water for the city by doing the construction in residential basements. Steve came over today and took a look at everything. So far we qualify for the city’s program, we just have to find out if there is a storm sewer in our street we can tie into. Cross your fingers!

Then……. B-Dry showed up. Eric Erickson from B-Dry took a look at the basement and gave us a an estimate for waterproofing the remaining interior of the basement. Waterproofing the whole basement so that we can finish it and not worry about water sepage anymore is $5,000. Waterproofing the areas that are leaking to fix the current problem is $3,000Whatever we decide I think that we have some really good news, and really good options.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2012 10:29 PM

    When you say general contractors, these are actually individuals or companies who sphere head construction projects. They also have their own fields of expertise such as residential or industrial types. The role of the general contractor in the construction process is to oversee everything and coordinate all things that should be done.

  2. March 16, 2012 8:50 AM

    Basements are typically the area of a structure most at risk for water damage because they are located below grade and surrounded by soil. Soil releases water it has absorbed during rain or when snow melts, and the water can end up in the basement through leaks or cracks.

  3. June 10, 2011 5:17 PM

    Very cool. We just moved into a house that looks a bit like yours and has got serious water in the basement issues. I'll be calling your folks for an estimate.

I want to know what you think, so please share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: