Window Well and Lateral Drain
The window well is a protective shield that keeps dirt, soil, rocks, and sediment from entering the window well area--allowing sunlight to enter your basement / foundation window. If your window well doesn’t drain efficiently, water can seep in through your basement window and also cause your basement wall to crack and leak. The solution to that problem is a lateral drain, which will drain water that finds its way into the window well--and any ground water the builds up around the lateral drain--down to the footing (the base of your home) and into the weeping tile system running along the footing and around your entire house.
Exterior Basement Foundation Waterproofing Application
This basement / foundation waterproofing system is installed outside and requires excavation of the ground along the wall that will be treated with the basement / foundation waterproofing application. The basement / foundation waterproofing application will both seal the crack (preventing water from entering the sealed crack) and prevent water from entering new cracks that may form in the concrete wall after the system is installed. The lateral drain will resolve the issue of hydrostatic pressure that builds up next to the wall by draining the water down to the same depth as the footing (the base that the basement wall rests upon) into the weeping tile system.
This basement / foundation waterproofing system is recommended for homes and other types of buildings that are unable to have interior drainage systems installed due to reasons such as the "basement is finished", "there are large immovable objects that are in the way and taking up too much room", and because "the construction could prevent important tasks from being accomplished".
Interior Basement Weeping Tile Drain System
This basement / foundation waterproofing system will be installed within the basement along the perimeter of the wall and will require our specialists to break-open the concrete floor along the footing approximately 8" wide. This basement / foundation waterproofing system will not stop water from entering any cracks in your basement / foundation wall. Instead, it will cause that water to enter the weeping tile drainage system and into the sump pump (which pumps water out of the basement and out of your home) or floor drain, keeping your home dry. This method is also far less expensive than an exterior basement / foundation waterproofing of the same lineal footage and is as effective.
Basement Foundation Concrete Crack Repairs by Waterproofing System
A concrete wall can allow water to enter your basement if the foundation has cracked. In the event that your foundation wall is suffering from hydrostatic pressure (the pressure that builds up against your walls due to ground water and insufficient drainage), a number of waterproofing systems are available as a solution to prevent water from causing damage and flooding your basement.
Basement Weeping Tile Drainage System
A weeping tile is a 4 inch pipe used for underground drainage. The pipe is typically plastic with small slits cut into it. It is covered with 3/4 inch clear stone. The 3/4 inch clear stone prevents soil from falling through the slits into the weeping tile causing blockage. With this arrangement, water in the surrounding soil above the weeping tile flows into the weeping tile. The weeping tile then drains into a storm sewer or a sump pump.
It is often used for water drainage at basement foundations footings to prevent water damage.
The weeping tile is typically installed lower then the interior basement floor. The weeping tile should be connected to a sump pit, located on the interior of the home. The ground water collected in the sump pit can then be removed by a sump pump. The removed water is then drained through the weeping tile far from the home or into a the city storm drain .
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French Drain Weeping Tile System / Drywell
This type of drain will redirect water away from the foundation of your home, undermining hydrostatic pressure and the potential build up of water. This is achieved by digging a trench and then filling it with a porous pipe covered with gravel. The trench will cause ground water to be pulled away from your basement foundation to a runoff (lowspot) or into a drywell (a drywell is generally a wide and deep hole filled with gravel, used to dispose of unwanted water). This will not stop water from entering your basement / foundation, it will only help with the amount of leakage from your basement / foundation walls from cracking due to a lack of effective waterproofing and hydrostatic water pressure.