Keep your basement dry and everything in it free from water damage with just a few key drainage systems and strategies.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, basements are more likely to take on the water than any other part of your home because they’re below grade, i.e., located below the ground’s surface. Older homes constructed before building codes required basement drainage are at an even greater risk of water getting in and staying in the basement.
Whether you’re building a new home and getting to know your waterproofing options or dealing with a water problem at your current place, drainage methods that could help prevent—even remedy—a damp basement.
Installed around the outside perimeter of a foundation, exterior drain tile is a highly effective way of collecting groundwater and draining it away before it can seep into your basement. After the foundation walls have been poured, the contractor will position a flexible perforated drainpipe all the way around the foundation at the bottom of the wall.
Interior French drains are often installed when existing homes start to have basement water problems. But, if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, it doesn’t hurt to install one when you build your home, too. Similar to an exterior drain tile, an interior French drain features a perforated pipe that carries water to a collection pit where it can be pumped to the surface.
Most homes built today are required by local code to have floor drains that lead to a collection pit where a sump pump carries the water to the surface.
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