Rain and groundwater push against foundation walls, causing hydrostatic pressure. Porous block and cement can take on water if the exterior drainage is blocked. Water will eventually find its level, often at the cove joint, causing a basement to leak
Based on the how your structure was built and the water intrusion points, we have 3 different systems to choose from. Upon inspection, our specialist will recommend the best solution for your home.
Monolithic structures experiencing
cove joint seepage require
the use our above ground
HydraLine™ is also designed to capture water intrusion through cove joints, structures showing signs of significant hydrostatic pressure.
Our Guardian™ System is designed
to sit on top of the footer and is the premiere choice for solving cove
Where Does The Water Go?
Each drainage system is designed to collect and direct water into a sump basin, typically placed in the corner of the basement floor. When the water reaches a certain level, a sump pump will pump the water up and out of the house.
The discharge line typically is a 1.5” pvc pipe that opens up to a 4” pipe. This drainage pipe carries the water away from the foundation and can sometimes be tied into a city’s storm sewer line.
There are basically three types of basement construction:
Poured concrete basement foundations set upon a wide concrete footer. The walls of the basement are all poured simultaneously inside either wood or metal forms. The metal forms may have designs imprinted on the inside of them. These designs are then transferred to the concrete as it sets up and cures.
The designs can resemble any number of shapes from brick to stone. Metal rebar is configured inside the forms before the concrete is poured for added strength to the solid wall. Although the cost of poured concrete is more expensive than block foundations, the overall strength is greater.
Concrete block basements, similar to poured concrete, must be laid upon a solid concrete footer. The blocks are stacked and held together with a cement mortar mix. Sometimes the cavities of the block are filled with solid concrete after metal rebar rods are placed inside the cavities. This adds strength to the block wall.
Once the walls have been constructed, gravel is dumped into the interior of the basement, and a 4”- 6” slab is poured over the gravel. This slab is the basement floor. The advantage of a block basement over solid concrete is the lower overall cost in construction.
Most basements are constructed on concrete footers, but some basements are built with monolithic slab. Instead of concrete footers, a thick floor slab is poured, then the foundation walls are built on top of the slab. Drain pipes are laid around the exterior perimeter of the foundation to collect water. The excavated area surrounding the basement is then back-filled.
EVERY BASEMENT WILL EVENTUALLY LEAK!
Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons
For standard block and poured concrete foundations
Guardian™ Basement Gutter is a plastic channel that is installed directly on top of the footer of the structure. It’s open-back design allows it to quickly capture the water (like the gutters on your roof) and direct it to our high-capacity sump pump.
The wall flanges are designed to make a tight waterproof seal against the wall. Guardian™ features a patented high rate of flow design, making it our go-to solution for waterproofing your basement.
For Monolithic Pours
GuardBase™ Basement Drainage is our above-ground drainage system designed for structures with monolithic pours. It is placed on top of the concrete slab and epoxied against the leaking cinderblock wall. It captures the water through a series of weep holes that are drilled into the cells of the cinderblock and then channels the water into the sump basin and pumped out and away from the house.
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