800-GOT-JUNK. They were wonderful for us after our basement flooded and we had to dump a bunch of stuff, including things that had been above the water line but hey, as long as we’re throwing out stuff… ;-)

Our basement is still cinder block and concrete. The cinder block is in so-so shape. The previous owner had the basement sealed and the sump pump removed; worked fine for ten years, then we started to get seepage. Then leakage. Then areas that had splish-splash standing water. And then the time we had the big rain storm and two inches of water in the basement that wasn’t set up to flood (and was deeper than two inches in a lot of places). I had two different basement companies give estimates; the first guy, sitting in our kitchen, accurately described what our basement walls looked like before he went downstairs. Turns out cinder block, when it’s water sealed, just holds the water in the wall, which is fine… unless the water is acidic… like from clay soil… which our entire property is when we dig down more than an inch. Then the walls start dissolving and the paint starts bubbling and the water starts coming in. Solution: just *let* the water in, but channel it and use sump pumps to deal with it; the water isn’t trapped in the walls, the cinder block stops dissolving. That only took a couple weeks, a lot of cement dust in the air, and a certain amount of money that would have been wasted on travel or retirement or crap like that. <sigh>

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