The Magic of an Interior Basement Drainage System
Keeping a basement dry, healthy, and mold- and mildew-free is one of the most important things you can do to improve a home. A wet basement can harbor dangerous mold and mildew that not only live — but also thrive and spread — in moist areas. Such fungi can cause allergies, respiratory problems, and other illnesses in humans and pets. A moist basement is also typically home to unwanted insects and pests.
Another disadvantage of a wet basement is that it can significantly affect a home’s foundation, causing cracks along walls and floors. This can happen to homes constructed both above and below ground level. It is advisable to install a basement waterproofing system before these unhealthy and costly effects take place.
Interior Drainage System
The most effective and long-lasting solution to a wet basement is to install an interior drainage system. Unlike an exterior drainage system, basement drainage inside a home will not damage the home’s outdoor space or yard. Plus, interior basement systems are much more cost effective than outdoor systems, because they do not require home excavation, and can be installed in one or two days.
A certified contractor can install an interior basement drainage system across any wet or leaking walls of a basement, and along a basement perimeter or crawl space. Once installed, the system then collects excess water and pumps it outside, away from the home, via a sump pump.
As it is with most products, some interior basement drainage systems are better than others. One of the best systems on the market is called the WaterGuard®. What sets this system apart is its inability to get clogged by mud or debris. Unlike other systems that are installed at the edge of a basement floor or underneath the floor in front of the footing (which increases the chance of clogging), the WaterGuard sits on a bed of stone that keeps the system clean, clog-free, and thus more effective.
Monolithic Floor Drain
Another high-quality interior basement drainage system is called the DryTrak® Monolithic Floor Drain. It is installed above the floor, along the basement’s interior perimeter. It is perfect for homes with a monolithic foundation (one in which the floor and footing were poured as one piece during construction), or basements with radiant heat. What sets the DryTrak Monolithic Floor Drain apart from similar systems is that it can be installed without jackhammering a drain channel. And like the WaterGuard drainage system, the DryTrak will not collect debris and acts as a moisture-barrier for concrete basement walls.