I live on a sloping property. When it rains heavily a lot of water is flows to the front wall of the houses foundation. I get water in the basement.
I have had a few contractors look at it. If their specialty is basement waterproofing they recommend a sump pump. If their specialty is landscaping and French drains they recommend a French drain.
I would prefer to not cut a hole in the foundation and install a sump pump. Would like to try a French drain first and route the water to the side of the house and down the hill.
Second Clutch's advice. Stopping or redirecting the water would be the first thing I'd attempt. Perforated pipe, drainage channels or retianing wall might redude or eliminate the water issue.
French drains require a sump pump to get rid of the drain directed water.
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