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    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

    system: X-Tract™.

    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

    joint seepage.

    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

    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.


    Standard Block

    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.

    Monolithic Pour

    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™ is a plastic channel system that sits directly on top of the footer of the structure. The open-back design allows it to quickly capture the water and direct it into the sump basin.

    The wall flanges are designed to make a tight seal against the wall. Guardian features a patented design, making it one of the most effective solutions for capturing water intruding through the cove joint.

    HydraLine™ is a two-part prefabricated system designed to resolve both cove joint seepage as well as hydrostatic pressure. The first part consists of a plastic drain encased in filter fabric, which is installed in a trench dug next to the foundation’s footer.

    The clog-free fabric sides allow water to move much more rapidly than corrugated pipe systems. The second part of the system is designed to capture the cove joint seepage and direct it into the drainage core. This system is our top pick!

    For Monolithic Pours

    X-Tract™ is an above-ground plastic channel designed for structures with monolithic pours. It is placed on top of the slab and captures the water through a series of weep holes that are drilled into the foundation walls. 

    As with the other systems we offer, the water is directed into the sump basin and pumped out and away from the house.

    Call Aladdin Home Solutions For A Free Basement Drainage Systems Estimates.