- Old Pump
Our basement doesn’t have too many design plans yet, just how we plan to use the layout for different rooms. Our basement was wet and leaky and we thought we’d never be able to finish it. We dry-locked the leaky walls with dry lock extreme, then the water came up from the floors. Hubster’s cousin’s father-in-law owns a water-proofing company, and he came and did our basement for the cost of the labor and some parts (some parts were leftovers from previous jobs). Before, our basement was a disaster. Now it’s dry!
They trenched around the outside of the basement down past the footer, and added a drainage pipe and some gravel. The existing walls had drainage holes drilled in at the bottom, were covered with a vapor barrier, and had vents added to the top. A corrugated drainage matt was placed on top of the gravel and up the wall a bit. Two submersible pumps were added in opposite corners with two back up batteries. A speed drain was added to the bottom of the stairs (where water often collected) beneath the Bilco doors. Last, a layer of cements was applied atop the corrugated mat, around the pumps & speed drain.
They also set up pipes to take the excess water outside our house. The plus side of that, our blue spruces there will grow really fast. However, we need to start researching thirsty plants for a bog garden. So far, I’ve planned to add many varieties of irises, a rock pool, and wooden footbridge. Maybe I’ll even get Hubster to agree to some carnivorous plants!
- Water Drainage
- Water Drainage 2
- New Pump & Back-Up Batteries