Basement Drainage Systems
Water is one of the most damaging forces in nature, especially when it’s invading your basement. Over time, the effects of continuous water seepage can leave your home’s foundation deteriorated to the point of being structurally unsafe. If you’ve noticed signs of water damage, addressing them early on can minimize the damage done to your house through the use of basement drainage systems.
The drainage systems discussed below provide a way to properly manage the water that’s seeping into your basement and the hydrostatic pressure that’s pressing against your foundation walls. It should be noted that water management is only one aspect of the wet basement solutions you need to keep your basement dry.
Before any attempts can be made to redirect the water leaking into your basement, an inspection of the foundation is necessary to find out what is causing the water intrusion.
The interior drainage systems we design at Keystone Basement Systems will catch and redirect any water that penetrates your basement walls. These solutions will be used when you have puddles of water on the floor, musty smells, mold growth or walls that are discolored, cracked or have peeling paint.
After a full inspection of your foundation has determined why water is seeping into your basement, our certified waterproofing specialists will design a custom interior drainage system that best fits your basement.
We will install a network of pipes below your basement floor that will channel water that penetrates your foundation into a catch basin. Installing this system will be done with our dustless equipment so dust particles won’t saturate anything you have stored in your basement.
All of our basement drainage systems include a primary sump pump that will force the intruding water out of your home. Each primary pump has a capacity of 3900 gallons per hour. Since power is often affected by storms with heavy rainfall, we also include a battery powered backup pump that will last up to 230 rechargeable hours.
Our technicians will demonstrate how the self-testing microprocessor on your backup pump will automatically test the battery life to ensure your system never fails. Any time your pump’s battery reaches pre-set levels of life, Keystone Basement Systems will be notified automatically.
Both the primary and backup sump pumps have an early warning detection system. If the early warning alarm is triggered because of a system failure or excessive water, the pump system will automatically notify up to 5 phone numbers, including KBS. Our technicians will program the desired numbers into your system. In some cases, our pumps can also be connected to third party home security systems.
Our exterior drainage systems provide a means of egress for water being discharged from basement sump pumps and for water that’s being absorbed by the soil surrounding the outside of your foundation.
As water is absorbed with nowhere to go, hydrostatic pressure increases to the point of cracking or bowing your basement walls. These are warning signs that your foundation is suffering structural damage, even if you don’t have water penetrating your basement yet.
After a full inspection of your foundation has determined the cause and severity of the damage, Keystone Basement Systems will design your custom exterior drainage system.
Before excavation begins, we will check with local code enforcement and acquire any necessary building permits. Once we’ve been approved to begin work, we will dig out one section of your house at a time until the foundation footers are exposed.
While the exterior of your basement wall is exposed, we will utilize a combination of waterproofers that will provide additional protection to prevent water leaks.
We’ll place several layers of filtration fabric on top of the drainage pipes to help limit the amount of debris that will fall into your system. Gravel will be used to backfill the excavation site. Using gravel instead of fill dirt will allow water to filter down to your drainage system faster, minimizing the time hydrostatic pressure has to build.
As we’re backfilling the excavation site, our technicians will include at least one clean out port for each section. This allows for future inspections and maintenance of your drainage pipes. This process is repeated until all areas requiring exterior drainage are complete.
What You Should Know About Basement Drainage Systems
An effective water management system will include basement drainage and exterior drainage systems that are custom designed to fit your home and needs.
Finding the causes of water damage in your basement is the only way to protect against water intrusion in the future.
To find the solution that will keep your basement dry, take advantage of our FREE 68 Point Inspection. Any repairs made by Keystone Basement Systems’ certified waterproofing specialists include regular maintenance and are backed by our Lifetime Warranty.