I wish to start off this review of Top Notch Waterproofing by stating upfront we highly recommend their service and below I will detail the reasons. My wife and I purchased a home in Plymouth, MA and the structure is 148 years old; and the home is situated 600 feet from the beach. As typical for a house this age the basement had a fieldstone foundation with brick on top and a concrete floor that was poured sometime in the 1920’s. As buyers of the home we were assured there was no water in the basement, however, I did not believe that from the start having owned prior homes with this type foundation. Sure enough after some rains we had not a lot of water but some weep-age and enough water that one would not to finish the floor. As I said we had this type of situation before, so we knew it was time to put in a perimeter drain and sump system; the same kind that solved our problem in prior houses. We chose Top Notch Waterproofing as our expert to address the situation. Mark the owner of Top Notch is very involved hands on working in the trenches literally. Mark took the time to go over the job and what it entails before even getting started. It was obvious to me that his 10+ years of experience doing this work was invaluable to the customer not only making the Top Notch Crew more efficient but also he has seen it all; so if a complication arises he knows to address it and how to fix it. In our case, as with many of the older homes, Mark was able to show us an issue up front before starting that we could address. You see with these fieldstone foundations, especially those on sandy soil a perimeter system if not done correctly can undermine the foundation leading to long term structural problems. Mark’s expertise was invaluable here explaining that we had the option to put in underpinnings all the way around to prevent both the sandy soil from entering and damaging the not only the system but over time the structure of the wall. Yes, the underpinning added to the cost of the job and Mark would have done a straight system if we decided that, however, given his knowledge of these issues it seems the incremental cost was a worthwhile investment vs the cost of the property or the cost of peace of mind. It is not clear to me that other vendors would have even given an option to do the job correctly because not only does it cost more but also it is also much more labor intensive than a straight system. I believe that many (not all) businesses would opt to just put in the straight system because any damage structurally would happen years later and they would not be on the hook so why work that hard. Once that decision was settled Mark and his partner Eddie got to work; and work they did. Both these gentlemen have a work ethic that is increasingly rare these days; I was at the job the entire time and never saw these guys take a break (I am not even sure when they ate lunch if at all). They not only showed up when they said they would instead they were always early - IKR - WOW! They worked long days (7:30am – night time) to get the job done and they completed a 6-day job in 5, albeit very long days. Moreover, both men were very contentious and meticulous as well as respectful of the property. For what could be a very messy job between all the jack-hammering, dirt/cement removal , cement mixing, and other job related tasks these guys were remarkably clean. The finished system is very well installed and looks neat and tidy. We could not be more pleased and as stated above We would highly recommend Top Notch!
Photo below taken before total completion to give a sense of the quality of the work -you can see the underpinnings at the bottom of the stone wall - these go around the whole perimeter! to protect the foundation - your system probably (especially with poured concrete) would not need this but Mark can tell you for sure.