Angie’s List Review of Our Basement Waterproofing and Exterior Drainage System Services in York PA
We were called up to York to help Mr. Fred Oleson with his basement water and foundation problems. He had contacted another waterproofer before us, but was unhappy with the design, and the way he was treated. We were fortunate to meet him at a local home show just outside of York, he asked us for help, and we were happy to get the job done for him.
Here is what Mr. Oleson from York had to say:
Basic Facts: Basement Waterproofing Specialists helped me develop a plan for dealing with damp spots on the basement floor along one wall, a defective basement wall patch, and the need for a second sump pump to take some of the load off the primary sump pump during heavy rains.
In addition I asked them to set up the proposed system so that it could easily
be connected to a potential future radon
They estimated the job and scheduled the work in a timely
manner. The crew arrived on the day specified and installed a french
drain along the wall with the dampness and installed a second sump pit
and sump pump. The crew also buried the out door discharge pipe so that
the pipe was not visible from the road. The defect in the wall was
repaired one week later by a different crew.
I am a “Hands on” type homeowner. However, I know when a job is difficult
enough that I need to contract out the work.
Dealing with water table and basement drainage is an area that can cause
big trouble if done wrong. Therefore, I realized I needed to ask a contractor to take on the problem I had with damp spots and a high water flow rate into the primary sump pit during heavy rains.
To develop a plan and to select the group that would do the
job I interviewed 2 contractors.
The first contractor (not Basement Waterproofing Specialists). Provided a good plan and an excellent price (about $3K). However they never seemed
to have the time to answer any of my follow up questions and therefore I gave up on them as a real option to do the work.
- I got the impression that the price they had quoted was “too good”. Not enough profit for them to bother with the job.
I then attended a community event where Basement
Waterproofing Specialists (BWS) was a sponsor.
Because I had given up on the first waterproofing contractor, I decided
to at least sign up with BWS to get an estimate. BWS got back to me in a timely manner and
sent out an inspector to review my current problem and propose a solution. The proposed approach was more extensive than had been proposed by the first group and came with about a 50% higher price
However, I recognized that the BWS approach was a more robust design and I recognized that the first contractor had probably not built in enough profit in their bid to make my job worth them
I contracted with BWS to implement their design. The crew
arrived on the date specified. They did
an excellent job draping the work area in the basement to minimize the possibility
of dust and dirt being transported all around the basement and the rest of the
house. They jack hammered the portion of the floor to install the perforated pipe and then dug out the gravel and dirt.
Then they installed the pipe and sump pit. The installation was
relatively complicated because the additional radon abatement system
This was a highly manual operation and the two fellows
worked very hard. All the gravel and concrete needed to be moved through my home’s entry hall and down the cellar stairs. The work crew did a good job
accomplishing the movement of the materials without soiling, or damaging either
the hall, or the stairs.
The crew completed the drain and sump pit and sump pump
installation in about 7 hours. There was
a second crew that was supposed to take care of the defect in the wall. The second crew did not show up when expected and the first group needed to leave. My sense was at that point the first crew started to rush and forgot some final details.
Nothing significant, but kind of a nuisance for me. I arranged for the second BWS crew to return a week later and fix the defect in the wall, and tie up remaining loose ends. The second crew arrived at the agreed upon date and time.
They addressed the details that had been missed by the first crew and completed the work on the defect in the wall.
- I am satisfied with the work performed by Basement Waterproofing Specialists. They appeared to be quite capable of installing very complicated water drainage systems and they were certainly hard workers. In addition, they responded quickly to tie up he project’s loose ends