Exterior Foundation Drainage Services

Understanding residential and commercial foundation drainage systems is a confusing topic for homeowners and property managers. There are many drainage methods to consider when it comes to protecting your home.

The goal of each process, however, is to successfully prevent complications brought about by water damage. Cracks, mold, settling, and more problems could ultimately affect your house’s structure and sturdiness.

We, at Disaster Restoration Pros, understand the importance of having a sound foundation drainage system. It goes a long way in aiding the efforts of basement waterproofing. We are the St. Louis basement waterproofing pros, ready to help you with exterior foundation drainage.

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What Is It and How Does It Work?

A foundation drain system is a drainage system installed on the outside of your house, oftentimes near your foundation. Usually, the drainage system is installed on the outer face of the foundation wall, close to where it meets the footing. It is covered with a layer of gravel, ultimately serving the purpose of draining out excess water that may seep into the foundation.

Exterior foundation drains are not visible; they are buried underground. We construct ours from perforated 4-inch plastic, PVC, or flexible ABS pipe. The pipe is positioned to run along the entire perimeter of the house or the building. This is what is known as ‘drain tile.’

An exterior foundation drain works by attracting water from the soil found around the property. It also melts snow and sucks in rising groundwater after rain. When collected, the water is carried away from the property, preventing flooding and residual water damage. 

Because conditions vary from site to site, we offer varied materials to best suit the differences. One variation of drain tile that we like is the sock tile. A sock tile is ideally a drain tile that is covered by a permeable mesh known as a ‘sock.’ The sock acts as a filter that helps stop dirt from entering or clogging the drain pipe. 

Our Eligibility Checklist

Before any design is put in place, we go through a detailed checklist to ensure that there will be adequate water drainage:

  • Code Requirements: We are well-versed in code requirements for foundation drainage. You can be sure that we use this knowledge to determine if your property is up to code and ready for installation.
  • Drainage Boards: For areas prone to flooding due to heavy rains, we use drainage boards to quickly drain the water to the perimeter drain. We install them on concrete foundation walls, which prevents the buildup of hydrostatic pressure next to the wall.
  • Drain Material: We ensure that all our perimeter drains are made from rigid drain tiles or perforated pipes. This is to ensure that no damage comes to the system from being crushed during the backfilling.
  • Trees: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recommends that trees should not be planted close enough to the foundation that the eventual height of the tree crosses over the start of the foundation. This will stop the roots from reaching the perimeter drains and sucking all the water from the soil, which prevents settling.

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Our many success stories have made Disaster Restoration Pros the trusted waterproofing experts. We guarantee satisfactory results that will protect your basement and house. Contact us today for high-quality services at an affordable price.

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