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Everything You Need to Know About Basement Drains

The basement drain can seem unsightly and pointless until the sewer backs up or the basement floods. Learn more about their role in keeping your basement dry and preventing water damage.

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Gone are the days when the basement was simply a storage space for seasonal items. 

From recreational spaces to functional apartments, there are so many possibilities for modern basements. As such, ensuring damage doesn’t occur in the lower-level space is crucial. 

Most buildings in Colorado Springs, CO, incorporate a basement drain as an effective waterproofing solution. It helps prevent water from flooding the basement and causing significant damage to the property.  

Whether you are dealing with a water problem in your basement or building a new home, keep reading for information on how a basement drain can help. 

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What is a Basement Drain? 

It is a drain that’s placed at the lowest part of the basement to move water from the basement. There are different types of basement drains including floor drains, interior drains, and sump pumps. 

Floor Drains 

Installed during the initial construction, the floor drain lies below the basement floor. It provides a permanent fixture that prevents water from leaking into the basement. The concrete floor around the drain gently slopes, encouraging water to flow into it and out of the house. 

The main advantage of floor drains is that you don’t have to pay extra for installation. It is indispensable for collecting water from different sources including a leaking water heater and dripping condensation from the AC. 

Installing a floor drain on an existing building is difficult and expensive. In addition, it doesn’t keep water from leaking into the basement. It’s best to have this type of drain installed as the home is being built. 

Interior Drains 

This is another type of basement waterproofing solution. Its installation entails setting a perforated pipe on the subfloor of the basement along the perimeter, then surrounding it with gravel. Any water that gets into the basement is collected by the interior drains and then directed to the sump pump, which ejects it. 

We recommend the BasementGutter™ interior drainage system, a superior waterproofing solution that captures groundwater, prevents concrete water seepage, and relieves hydrostatic pressure. Installation is relatively easy and considerably cheaper than its exterior counterparts.  

Sump Pumps 

Drains are essential in capturing leaking water before it can cause damage to your basement and belongings. But that water needs somewhere to go. That’s why it is essential to pair your basement drains with a reliable sump pump system.  

Once the collected water drains into the sump pit, it actuates the pump and will then be removed from the basement and far away from the home through a discharge line. If you’re worried about your sump pump’s ability to protect your home during power outages, you should consider investing in a backup battery

Why Do You Need a Basement Drain? 

There are several things you should consider when it comes to basement drains and your home. You need a proper drainage system to ensure items in the basement like the laundry sink or washing machines drain properly. If you have anything in the basement that can flood, a drain can prevent further damage.  

The basement drain is considered a sanitary fixture and needs to be used often. Otherwise, the trap that holds water dries up and allows odors into your home. Proper maintenance is a must to ensure continued functionality.  

Get a Reliable Waterproofing System 

While a basement drain is effective for keeping your basement dry, it’s not enough on its own. A comprehensive waterproofing system can prevent water seepage. Complete Basement Systems offers a variety of basement waterproofing solutions to protect your home. Our specialists can answer all your questions and recommend the best solutions for your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free inspection and quote

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Denver, CO 80239