What’s the first things everyone thinks of, when thinking about Basements?
Basements smell musty, and they leak.
You need a sump-pump, which is loud, and can fail.
Basement Before & After
“So why” You ask, “would I want to bother with any of this? Isn’t the only way of stopping water from getting in my basement, is to dig a trench outside the foundation wall, down to the Footing, and put in a ‘french drain’? And that costs LOTS of $$! So aren’t I just doomed to spending hours with the Shop-Vac, every rainy season?”
Well: No, Yes, and No.
No: Digging a trench to the Footing from outside the wall is NOT the ‘only way’ to fix basement flooding.
Yes: Yes, if that were true, that would cost lots of $$… -but-
NO MORE LEAKS! Say Goodbye to your old Shop-Vac!
The Basement Perimeter Drain
A Basement Perimeter Drain is an excellent solution for removing water from your basement. Installed along the inside of the foundation wall is:
Perforated Drain-pipe, on top of
Drainage matting, against the Footing, -&-
Concrete patch, on top. -Plus-
Sump pump to eject the water
We jackhammer the perimeter of your basement wall, approximately 12″ from the wall. Then we dig-down 5-6″ below the basement floor, clearing any loose dirt in the trench. Then we install the drainage matting, then lay-down a bed of drain rock gravel and put the perforated drain-pipe on that. The reason we do this, is to help keep dirt particles/etc from clogging the drain pipe… instead, dirt particles/etc will stay in the gravel.
Thus, when water begins to leak through the basement wall, or seep under the basement floor, it will fill-up the trench, until the water-level is high enough to begin entering the perforated drainpipe. The drainpipe in turn is installed at a gentle angle, to allow gravity to empty the pipe. And then in turn, the drainpipe empties into the Sump Liner…
And finally- we install top-of-the-line Zoeller cast-iron pumps , which are both very quiet (especially when the Sump Liner lid is attached firmly), and last for many, many years.
“We have never had to replace a Zoeller pump that was broken or intermittent”