While repairing a large number of basements throughout the state, we have found some similar trends. The lack of sump pumps installed, damp proofing was used instead of water proofing, and French drains were either not installed or installed around near the top of basement walls. They should have been installed around the basement footings. Very few windows were installed, and when they were, they were too small to be used as an exit. No protections against radon gas, termites, moisture, or fresh air intake systems. Cheap, non-insulated windows were used, no supports over the top of windows which allowed the framing to collapse. No back-up systems were installed so when power failed all shut off when homeowners needed them the most. Foundations were not properly designed, concrete poured was either thinned out, had no steel reinforcement, or chicken wire was used for strength. Just remember, if you build it cheap – it will leak!
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