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Leaky or Flooded Basement – Sump Pump versus French Drain – MA, RI, NH & CT

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to rectify water coming up cracks in your basement floor or along the floor/wall seams? All kinds of things are recommended from “waterproofing” paint to excavating the exterior of the home to re-tar the foundation. What is the proper way to deal with water underneath your cement floor? The debate on the proper solution been going on for years: SUMP PUMP vs. FRENCH DRAIN?

Sump Pump Advantages

  • Solves the problem 95% of the time when addressing a high water table problem
  • Affordable installation cost
  • Sump Pump rider on their homeowner insurance for as low as $40 a year

Sump Pump Disadvantages

  • Run by electricity – Power outage can cause flooded basement
    • Battery backup, generators, or sump pump siphon systems can alleviate this problem
    • May fail due to mechanical problems ~ Sump Pump insurance will relieve this problem

French Drain Advantages

  • If there is an obstruction underneath the floor, a French drain may be able to allow water to go to the sump pump and prevent a flooded basement.

French Drain Disadvantages

  • Expensive ($6,000 - $12,000)
  • Drains may clog up with sediment and algae and cause flooding and costly repairs
  • Cement floor is broken in the basement to install the drains all around the interior perimeter of the house
  • Cold Joints are created from breaking the floor and weakens the cement floor

Whether you live in Boston, Providence, Nashua or New Britain, if you have water in your basement, contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair today to help solve your basement leak. A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, the basement waterproofing and sump pump installation experts.

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