LOL! What could I possibly mean by all that?
Well, that's kind of been my life these last couple of months.
One of my beloved old oak trees passed away last year. It was the one that had the perfect horizontal limb that we used to hang a swing from when I was a kid. It's now good and dry and cracking. I fear letting anyone walk beneath it because huge limbs come down when you least expect it. I was almost hoping that the last wind storm would bring it down...but, it only managed to crack it up the middle...so, it's even less stable.
The week that I took off from work to teach Vacation Bible School, it rained incessantly. Inches of water/hour. Mid-week, when I was running out the door, I stopped dead in my tracks because I could "smell" water. My sump pump had failed (maybe days earlier) and there was a slick of water everywhere.
I ordered a dumpster that very day....it arrived the next day and I began to haul everything up the stairs, through the garage and in to the dumpster. I stopped "looking" because than my sentimentality would kick in....and just pitched it all. This was a few weeks ago, right during the 90-100 degree heat wave. It was hard, wet, tiring work.
While the dumpster was still there, I thought I ought to see if there's anything to pitch from the shed in the backyard.... Fighting my way through all the mosquitoes in the 99 degree heat, I opened the door and almost fainted. I had a family of raccoons taking up residence there. They had made holes in the roof, which had allowed water to come in....everything was wet, everything was pooped on....and everything was shredded. They ate all the colored bulbs off my Christmas lights. Nothing but green shredded cables left. All my decorations, everything is ruined. I had to actually take a rake and rake the kasha out! There wasn't a single box that was recognizable....and the ammonia from their poop stung my eyes so bad that I had to constantly take breaks.....AND as I had mentioned somewhere on the forum already, the whole time they were sitting up in the rafters sleeping, with their tales hanging over. Plus, there were mice in there. I opened what was left of a box of dishes we had stored in there, to find a mama mouse and her 6 tweens come squeaking out.
So, now the "repair" portion begins. I'm leaving the shed as is, for now. It's not the priority. I have a number of contractors coming out in the next few days to take a look at the basement, which has finally dried out. There's a long horizontal crack in one of the cinder block walls, plus when it rains hard, the water still seeps in through the blocks. I have a temporary emergency pump lowered in to the basin, and am going to get a plumber to come out and fix that.
I've had water in the basement for years by that one wall. Last year I lugged over 600lbs of dirt to that side of the house, to raise the elevation....and it had helped....but, not for long.
I am usually good at doing household repairs, and try to do as much as I can myself, but, these things have been beyond my scope of expertise....and I am depending on strangers to do a good job.
What I am asking....does anyone have any advice....what to look for.....what to ask.....? I've never, ever had to have the basement/foundation repaired and wouldn't know a good contractor from a bad one, until after they are done and water either still comes in or not.
LOL! FYI for the next couple of weeks I will be married! Feel free to congratulate me.
Yes....already when one contractor was out for an estimate on the tree ($1,000 for that one tree to be removed), he was taking down my address, phone number....and needed to know if I had a spouse. What difference does that make?
Since I have been "taken" more than once by repairmen, this time around, I am claiming to have a spouse....who unfortunately is out of town this week, but, will be returning any day. I still need to pick out a manly name for him.
I appreciate your prayers that all goes well, and doesn't end up costing me an arm and a leg! I am afraid that it will cost a lot to get the foundation fixed. Mostly, I wish to not be "taken" by some greedy contractor out to make a buck....and that they fix it, and fix it well.
I'm just feeling a bit frustrated because even though I've been doing my research, I don't know what to expect from these contractors. Do I want them to dig all around the outside and reseal? ...or is it not necessary? Do I want them to drill weep holes in the walls (I've been doing my reading)...but, why would I want holes in the walls? Do I want them to just do a quick job and hope it will be good enough?
So, if anyone has had this done, let me know what they did, and if it's been effective.
Thanks for listening....now back to your regular scheduled programming.