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Home Drainage FAQ

Home drainage systems vastly improve your basement’s level of water resistance and the overall functioning of your home. Let’s talk about the different kinds of home drainage systems and how each system works.

Why do I need a home drainage system?

If rainwater and other elements are getting into your basement, it’s more than an annoyance. When the elements get in, moisture can cause very serious damage. Installing a basement drainage system will keep water outside the house – exactly where it’s supposed to be.

What is a dry well?

A dry well is a natural, effective, and simple way to keep water away from the foundation of a building. To dispose of unwanted water, especially the runoff that comes from rainstorms, a dry well uses gravity to reroute the water into the ground, where it can be absorbed by groundwater. To install a dry well, a pit is dug into the ground and filled with debris (like gravel or rubble), which is packed firmly enough to prevent collapse. An advantage of installing a dry well is that, because the entire structure is under the ground, it won’t take up surface space.

What is a submersible pump?

A variety of structures and applications require the use of a submersible pump. These include anything from a slurry pump to the filters in an aquarium and are instrumental in many home drainage systems. A submersible pump is placed inside a borehole to remove water as it accumulates and can come in a multitude of sizes, depending on your needs.

A sump pump is another kind of submersible pump offered by Basement Waterproofing Tech. Its function is to pump accumulated water out of your basement’s sump pit – a pit in your basement that is specifically designed to collect water.

What is a French drain?

A French drain is not actually from France, but was named after Henry Flagg French, who popularized this drainage technique in the 1800s. It is a method of removing water from the home in straightforward and effective way.

A French drain works by redirecting ground and surface water toward a sump pump, so that the water does not seep into the area surrounding the building and cause damage to the foundation. A French drain may also be used to redistribute water or to relieve the pressure of ground water.

Whatever your home drainage needs, you can contact Basement Waterproofing Tech today for your free quote and for more information.