Ok, so I am new here and I know my situation might require an in-depth answer, but any help or suggestion would be great. So here is the situation…1900 NE colonial in MA w/ a stone foundation that is not tuck pointed, have a high water table (especially in the Spring, with sump pump running nearly constantly), a pis-poor slab that is 2 inches in some spots and 5 in another/ w/o proper stone underneath, along with mold and mildew. If thats not enough, there is an interior french drain in place, but its either clogged, or has improper grade, because it doesn’t work. I am handy, but probably dont know enough to get into structural lally columns or the bowing floor joists (another problem). Here is what I think I need to do but it is very labor intensive and costly. Dig new footings for proper lally columns, and support it w/ a LVL or steel beam(s). Next, make sure all gutters are clear, grading is proper, and down spouts and at least 5 feet away from foundation. Put in a proper french drain w/ rigid PVC drain pipe and slope it towards the sump pump. Dig the whole basement slab out and dig down even further so I can have more head room (currently 6 ft). Use 6in of stone, a 6mil vapor barrier, and inch of sand, 4 in concrete, and point all the joints in the walls. Please add any info you would like, including detail on any of the steps. I exhausted, just typing about it, but it need to be done. My wife cant understand why we need to do all this, when “she never goes down there any way”. Because I only have and exterior access, I would eventually like to add interior access, but regardless, use it as a dry and warm workshop w/ the potential for finishing it over one day. Thanks ahead of time.
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