Yesterday I described the approach to be taken by Clarke Basement Systems to fix our finished basement water leak.
Today the project starts.
Two days before the scheduled date Fiona contacted me to confirm that the time and date were still good for us and to inform me that Fitz would be the professional who would be coming over to our home to undertake the repair. Very nice.
Then about 8:15 the morning of the project Fitz called to advise that he was on his way and would be at our home on time, which he was. Fitz was very patient with my questions throughout the repair project and very thorough with his explanations. He told me that any time a home owner has a contractor who does not take the time to explain what he / she is doing throughout the project, then the home owner should ask the contractor to leave; it is just part of the service per Fitz.
The first thing Fitz did was to look for himself at the situation in the basement.
He pulled the carpet back to confirm a few things.
First, he confirmed the extent of the water leak by where the the sharp points of the carpet tack strip, shown above, has rusted from the water.
Then he also confirmed that the water had collected in the corner by how the concrete floor floor in that area was different in appearance from the rest of the now exposed concrete floor which you can see in the above picture. Notice the white residue from where the water from the leak collected in the corner.
Fitz then went outside to view and confirm the location of the foundation wall crack so he knew where to begin to cut away the drywall on the inside of the finished basement.
He then went around the outside of our home to see if there were any other indications of possible leak points, just in case.
He also pointed out to me cracks in my neighbour’s foundation. Which reminds me, I should let Jim and Cindy (our neighbours) know about the cracks in their own home’s foundation just in case.
Then Fitz proceeded to bring the carpet runners, tools, etc. into the house and down to the basement to prepare to begin his work.
Select this link to continue to the next article in this series focusing on locating the foundation wall crack on the inside of the finished basement.
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