Basement Problems and Repairs
I’d really appreciate help learning who to look for and what questions to ask for this repair issue. Our 1980’s home was built on top of a mini-hill, but the grading on one outside corner of our home has sloped back towards the house over time. This corner is the location for one of three downspouts and splash blocks. A concrete walkway also runs around this same corner and has sunken in at that spot. The basement on that corner is an unfinished utility room that takes up about a 1/3 of the basement space, with the rest being finished living area. After it rains, the basement smells off for a while but the smell will dissipate. There is some kind of staining (water & efflorescence maybe?) on the inside exposed cinder-block wall of that same corner. The exposed cement floor in that area has a very skinny crack. We know that the cement floor is paper thin with foam underneath (something chipped the floor in one spot and exposed the foam allowing us to see how thin the cement is). The drywall in the finished part of the basement and through the rest of the house appears okay to us; no cracks or signs of water damage or staining. The floor in the basement is also dry.
Who should I search for to investigate and repair this problem? We live close enough to DC that there should be plenty of businesses to choose from; the problem for me is learning who to look for and how do I tell the good from the bad. When searching for businesses, does it matter that we also want to get some air sealing work and window repair/replacement work done or are we best off handling each project separately?
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