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Basement Waterproofing – Interior Drainage

 
Interior Drain Systems
Interior Drainage Water surrounding basements is the number one cause for foundation failure in North America. The foundation repair industry loves it when water collects around and under your foundation. This water causes settlement, bowing walls and cracked wall and slabs. If this water is not addressed you will be visited by a foundation repair contractor soon. Interior drainage is not waterproofing it is a water management system.
 

Water management is a very useful tool for reputable contractors. Used in combination with exterior waterproofing and or foundation repair interior water control can improve the health of your home and family.

Interior drain systems, or interior water diversion systems, take water away from the foundation and direct it to the sump pit so that it can be discharged outside the home. Many times the cracks in your basement floor have been caused by trapped water that is rising and needs a place to go. An interior drainage system that is placed next to the footing, not on top of the footing, takes this water and channels it to the sump pit where it can no longer cause problems. Remember this is not waterproofing but water management. You are not stopping the water problem at the source, you are re-directing it so that it is no longer a nuisance.

Whether you want to remodel your basement or you have a finished basement that is damp interior water control systems give you the peace of mind that trapped water now has a place to go without ruining your new living space. Basement water control is not something that only must be done to homes with major water leaks and flooding, but should be done in every homes that is using this area as living space. They help eliminate odors, mold and mildew and that old nasty basement smell.

 

The French Drain

The earliest forms of French drains were simple ditches, pitched from a high area to a lower one and filled with gravel. Later, French drains were made of sections of pipe tile, invented by Henry French, that were laid with a 1/8” gap left between the sections to admit water. Later, the drain tile was designed with perforations that allowed water to enter. Modern French drain systems can be made with perforated pipe surrounded by clean gravel or other material with geotextile fabric surrounding it to prevent clogging. The perforated drain tile provides a minor underground storage volume but the prime purpose is facilitate the removal of excess water to a sump pit. The French drain has been a very effective drain tile system across North America for over 100 years.   French drain
Basement Waterproofing Systems

On the open market there are many variations of basement drainage systems (basement waterproofing). There are types that sit on the footing, not a good idea since water must have a slope to move along. These systems also do not come in contact with water until the water level has risen above the footing creating a potential structural problem. There are systems that are thinly stacked tubes that can clog easily. The concept, for all available systems, is based on the original French drain. Water must have a slope to send water to a collection point and there must be a way to clean the system when debris collect inside. This is accomplished with a simple clean out port in a few locations around the installed system. These ports also allow for drainage from condensate lines from dehumidifiers and air conditioners. Remember, don’t get caught up in the big sales pitch of someone that has reinvented the wheel. A simple French drain basement drainage system can eliminate unwanted water from around and under your foundation.

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