These drains were once the only "waterproofing" system installed in homes. If you live in an older home, you likely have one of these in your basement. They were typically installed in the lowest lying area, and they would drain water away in case there was any moisture from a leak or from broken pipes or washing machines. However, the problem with these drains is that they clog very easily, and they are installed in the soil where plants and tree roots can grow through them, preventing them from working like they should.
Many times, a homeowner with a flooded basement and a floor drain will call the plumber because they think this is the best solution to the problem. The plumber will likely be able to use a rodding tool and a camera to see where the clog is in the drain, and they can even remove it. But, how long is it before the very same problem happens again and leaves you with inches of water under your home?
SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
Our solution is to install the SafeDrain™ system. It was specially-designed to remove water and effectively reduce hydrostatic pressure. It features a low profile design which is wider than most other systems and products on the market today. It has a design which allows for the appropriate floor thickness to be poured back over it once the installation for the system is complete. It also makes it easier for water to flow into it because of its wider design, and this is what helps with reducing the hydrostatic pressure. It can be installed together with other waterproofing systems, and even with a Radon mitigation system to prevent dangerous soil gasses from entering into the living areas of your home.
Installation for the system is finished quickly and involves the following steps:
1. Concrete is removed around the perimeter of the basement.
2. The footing is cleaned, removing soil and gravel.
3. Weep holes are drilled in the block cells and mortar joints.
4. The system is installed on top of the exposed footings.
5. The system is attached to a sump pump.
6. Concrete is restored.