Ground Water Solutions

What you might not be aware

Interior French Drain

Interior French Drains are the workhorse of the waterproofing industry.  French Drains were invented in the mid 1800’s in America by a man by the name of Henry French.  (whose son was the scultpor of the Lincoln Memorial)  The idea is based off of ancient farm field drainage techniques that had been used in Europe for centuries.   Since ground water typically enters a basement by rising from the bottom up, by placing a trench and perforated pipe below floor level, the water will naturally find it’s way there, and follow the trench to an exit point.  In Henry French’s time, that required a gravity drain.  Today we use sump pumps, but the principal is the same.  Click here to see how we install Interior French Drains.

Sump Pumps & Backup Systems

In today’s world, most homes with a French Drain will require a sump pump.    A sump pump sits in a bucket called a ‘crock’.  As the water rises in the crock, it lifts a float attached to the pump that triggers a switch.  This works much like the float in your toilet tank at home.  When the switch is lifted high enough, the pump turns on and pumps out the water in the crock.  As the water level lowers, the float goes down, and the switch shuts the pump off.  These pumps are both mechanical and electric, which means that they will fail eventually.    Pumps fail due to mechanical wear at some point.  Whether that takes 5 years, or 20 years depends on several factors including how often the pump cycles, and the conditions of the basement the pump is in.  Pumps will also fail if they lose power.  This is why a backup system is always a good idea.    There are many different brands, sizes, and types of pumps and backup systems available.  It can be hard to know which is the right pump for your situation.  Click here to learn about the different pumps we offer.

Exterior Footer Drains

Not all houses are good candidates for an exterior footer drain.  The house must be on a significant hill to allow the drain to exit to daylight.  For this reason, Crawlspace Footer Drains are more common than Basement Footer Drains, because they don’t require as much slope to the property.  (although in a pinch, you can install an exterior sump pump for a Footer Drain if there is not enough slope, but we recommend using that option only when absolutely necessary)   Exterior Footer Drains are outstanding tools in the fight against water and moisture, because they allow you to catch the water BEFORE it gets to the foundation.  This is always the best approach, whenever possible.