Our basement waterproofing system is based on the core aspects of what all warranty-able systems have in common. No bells and whistles, just a solid and reliable system, using materials chosen for durability and practicality. We're not afraid of hard work and take no short cuts. For these reasons, we are able to stay competitively priced and still offer a lifetime warranty against leakage from any area our system is installed.
The Interior Drain Tile System
The first step in installation is to cut and remove a strip of concrete above the area to be excavated. In most cases, we would use an electric jackhammer for our cutting. We find that it creates less dust than a concrete saw and leaves a rough edge for the later concrete patch to bind into. The cut will be wide enough to expose the footing, plus about six inches. We then excavate a trench to the base of the footing or about 10 inches in depth. The resulting dirt and concrete debris, will be hauled out and disposed of.
A four-inch drain tile pipe, perforated with drainage slits, is then placed in the trench. The pipe is made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). This versitale product is used in field drainage, landscaping, highway construction and many other areas. The drain tile is surrounded with an aggregate filter bed, which allows water in, while filtering out the surrounding soil.
We then install a drainage panel, made from the same material as the drain tile, against the foundation wall. Raised studs on one side of the panel, provide a "sweat gap" between the wall and the basement floor. The gap extends from just above the floor line, down into the aggregate filter bed. Any water that may seep through the base of the foundation, is channeled down through the aggregate and into the drain tile.
Sump Basin / Pump
This system is simple, straight forward and clean. It can be installed with any type of foundation, with any floor condition and around almost all existing basement finishings. There is little or no impact on how the basement can be later finished. There is no disruption of landscaping and it addresses both foundation seapage and rising ground water, which an exterior system and many newer interior systems do not. Most other methods being offered are designed to save work, not improve effectiveness. We feel, there is really no other post-construction waterproofing system that can permanently guarantee against water intrusion.