Oh, am I steamed. I have never heard of such a thing before, but the basement drainage company is "giving up" on my basement. Concrete is too thick. Nothing they can do. I asked who their biggest competitor was.
So, they have put in a French drain that leads halfway toward the sump pump and stops. Just ... stops. And based on the even shorter drain they put in four years ago, it will do nothing more than make a weak spot for water to break through.
But, then I think: we had a storm go through last weekend with the job only half done and there was no water. One of the holes in the sump was draining happily into the pump. I could still divert water away from the house by installing a pump at the end of the drain they put in the lawn a few years back. The neighbors next door are being pressured to drain their lawn by the neighbors behind them.
But that optimism faded as I imagined Gary would just reinforce his claim that the more repairs you do on your house the more you break it in other ways. He surprised me, though, he came home and was completely chill. If half a job worked anyway, good, if not, we still had options. I was only half as angry, then but half was still angry enough.
At least I can take this rage and channel it into putting the basement back in place.