Like any waterproofing system around the basement of your Colorado Springs, CO, home, interior drains can also develop problems with time. The fact that it stays out of sight for so long means problems can occur and stay unnoticed until water gets into your basement. If the drainage system backs up or gets damaged, it can hurt your basement. Make sure it’s flowing and intact; otherwise, you might wake up to a flooded basement.
What are the telltale signs of a faulty drainage system? How do you take good care of yours? Read on to find the answers.
When the basement drainage system has a problem, it won’t take long for the signs to show. Keep an eye for these issues:
1) Excess moisture. Basement drain backups mean water collects and evaporates. When this happens, the moisture level in the room goes up.
2) Awful smells. Decomposing materials and mold can release pungent smells into the atmosphere.
3) Efflorescence. Small white crystals might also form at the lower section of your basement walls. It’s a sign moisture has been accumulating in the basement. Ask your local basement contractor to inspect the walls.
4) Foundation cracks. Freezing and thawing water can exert pressure on the foundation walls, causing them to crack.
5) Clogged drains. Drains block from time to time. But if yours stays clogged even after routine maintenance, it’s a sign there’s a deeper problem. Pay attention to gurgling sounds or awful smells. These could be a sign that roots have infiltrated your basement. An inspection will help remove any doubt.
6) Slow draining water. When soil or debris gets into your drains, it can obstruct water flow and slow down the drain rate.
7) Bowing floors. Faulty drainage can also affect the basement floors, causing them to shift. Floor tiles and boards can pop up.
Depending on the type and quality of the pipes used, your interior drainage system could gather scum, debris, and dirt over its lifetime. A bit of TLC will keep it trouble-free for a long time. These handy tips will help you maintain yours.
1) Clean your drainage system regularly. Clear out debris, remove scum, and scrub off dirt that accumulates on it.
2) Empty a bucket of hot water into the drain and leave it for 15 minutes, then pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Leave it to fizzle then rinse your drain with hot water.
3) Snake the interior drain two times in a year with a 50-foot cable.
4) Remove any damaged or broken tiles.
5) Cut down any tree that stands close to your home’s perimeter. Some of the tree’s roots may force their way into the slab and hurt your drainage system.
Snaking your conventional interior drainage system seems like the most sensible thing to do when it blocks. We don’t encourage you to attempt a DIY cleanout if a basement contractor like Complete
Basement Systems installed your drainage system. Contact the company and they will dispatch technicians to inspect your drainage and clean it.
For the most part, BasementGutter™ installed by Complete Basement Systems stays trouble-free. But that doesn’t mean you let your guard down. Keep checking your drainage for dirt, silt, and debris, as all these foreign materials could block it. We encourage you to sign up for an annual basement maintenance plan, which covers the interior drainage system. Whenever there’s a problem, you’ll just call the contractor, and they’ll send a technician to address the problem.
Excess moisture could mean something is wrong. Your interior drains may not be behind it. Arrange an inspection and find out what the real issue is before it hurts the basement.
Complete Basement Systems is a reliable basement waterproofing company with a history of repairing faulty and damaged basement drains. Whether dirt has blocked your drains, or a tree root has infiltrated, we can help. Schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection today.