Part of any successful waterproofing system is a properly designed and installed drainage system. These are integral parts of the system that will collect the water and funnel it into the sump pump to be removed from your home. Depending on the situation and where the water is in your home, we will design the system to work specifically for your problem. This way you know the solution we have in place will work. Please take some time to read about our drainage systems and their benefit.
These systems differ from our entire wall solutions in that they are placed in the path of the water to intercept it before it becomes a problem. When a drainage system is combined with our expert wall crack repair solutions, the water problems are generally solved permanently.
Interior Drain Tile
If you have noticed water appearing around the perimeter of the basement in the cove joint area (where the floor meets the wall), then this is typically a problem brought about by hydrostatic pressure. This pressure is created whenever the soil around your home expands due to a heavy rainfall or excess melting snow on your lawn. The rising water table underneath your home will begin to be pushed by the excess pressure right through the cove joint and into your basement.
The drain tile system is the only way or permanently put an end to the leaks. It will gather any excess water and divert it to a sump pump, new or existing, so that you never again need to worry about finding water leaking into your home.
- Remove the perimeter of your basement floor and excavate alongside the footer.
- Install 4" perforated, rigid PVC pipe with clean out ports.
- Fill around pipe with #6 washed stone.
- (Optional but recommended) - Install a wall liner over basement walls.
- Install drainage fabric and re-cement floor smoothly and even with the existing floor.
- Remove all debris and broom-clean area before leaving.
Exterior Drain Tile
If you're noticing water seepage appearing around the perimeter of your basement near where the wall meets the floor (called the cove joint), that means there is too much hydrostatic pressure being built up under your home. This pressure will force excess water through that joint and right into your basement. A drain tile system is the most permanent solution to relieve that pressure and permanently stop the leaks. And if your basement is already finished or you prefer to have the repair done from the outside of your home, our exterior drain tile system is your best choice. Not only will the system divert any excess water away from the home, but our waterproof liners will help protect your foundation walls from the exterior elements and will help keep any cracks in the foundation from leaking in the future.
- Excavate the soil outside of the foundation, exposing the footing.
- Delta MS Wall Membrane covers the exterior wall, directing any water to the drain tile system.
- Install 4" perforated, rigid PVC pipe and connect it to new or existing interior sump pump system.
- Surround the drain tile with #6 washed stone and backfill the excavated area.
This is another option for homeowners who are experiencing cove seepage (water coming in where the wall and floor meet) and are not seeing coming up in other areas of the basement, like cracks in the middle of the floor. The WaterGuard™ is a special waterproofing system that was designed to sit on top of the footing, instead of next to or below it in the dirt, to create a virtually clog-free system. It functions the same as our other drain tile systems by collecting excess water under that cove joint and diverting it to a sump pump and out of the house.
This system is less invasive than the full interior drain tile system. It is installed on top of the dirt and requires less concrete in your basement floor to be removed but it works essentially the same as the interior drain system with a lower flow for less water.
The DryTrack™ System is another way to control seepage from the cove joint (where the wall and floor meet) and direct it to a sump pump or drain. It is a specially designed system that will remain clog-free, since it sits on top of the floor, and is effective for all types of foundation walls. It entails a simple, clean installation, and is adhered at the bottom of your walls.
This system works best on monolithic foundations, where the floor and footing are one pour of concrete, and are installed on top of the floor so there is no damage to the flooring. The DryTrack™ is designed to collect water as it enters at the cove joint and divert it to your sump pump system.
If the spillover joint (between the top of the foundation and bottom frame of the house) is below grade, water can come in over the top of the wall anytime it rains hard. The building's siding (brick, vinyl, stone or aluminum) is not designed to be buried underground anyways. If lowering the grade is not feasible, a permanent repair should include an appropriate waterproof membrane and a drainage system.
If you have noticed water getting into your basement through this joint, you likely can see water stains on the walls, or puddles on the floor. This moisture can damage anything you have stored in the basement, and it can also lead to the development of dangerous mold and bacteria. Keep in mind, the EPA states that over 50% of the air you breathe upstairs originates from the lower level of the home, whether it's a basement or crawl space.
If you'd like to schedule a consultation with a member of our team to discuss a drainage system for your basement, please contact us today.