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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by Jessie Schoepflin
Your basement floods and you begin to seek out remedies to re-waterproof your home. With so many contractors out there, how do you know you found the right solution? Ask yourself this...Why would you want to replace the footing drain around your home that failed you in the first place?!
There are other options to waterproof your home. Complete Basement Systems has over 31 patented products available to waterproof basements and crawl spaces. This means a waterproofing solution can be tailored to fit your home's specific needs from both the inside and the outside.
Outdoor footing drains end up being ineffective for several reasons.
1. The drains don't lead the water anywhere. If the drain doesn't discharge to a sump pump or far enough away from the home then the water will sit around the foundation and cause issues such as soil expansion, mold, and structural damage.
2. The drain is crushed, clogged or blocked. Burying a drain underground leaves it susceptible to dirt clogs, roots or broken lines due to digging or excessive pressure. A major downside is the pipes are hidden and you are unable to see these issues as they occur and have to completely dig up the outside of the home to locate or repair the damage.
3. The drain is not buried deep enough. Too often we see drains installed only a few inches underground and which cannot successfully direct water. Ground water can an does leak into your basement and crawl space from far below the surface.