A leaking basement is no minor problem. Water infiltration and leaks can lead to all kinds of problems, including mold growth, foundation settling, water damage, and more. Professional basement waterproofing services can help to keep your home safe, improve your family’s health, and make your basement a functional space for living and storage. Here’s a look at some of the different basement waterproofing strategies you should consider.
Exterior Footing Drains
One of the most common basement waterproofing systems you’ll find in residential foundation construction is the footing drain. Footing drains are actually built into the foundation of the home and are designed to carry water away from the foundation. Drain pipes with perforations run through the footings and foundation at an angle and capture any water that may seep into them. They lead to an exterior drain or sewer system for safe disposal.
French drains are another residential foundation waterproofing system that can be found both inside and outside the home. Like footing drains, these systems also contain perforated pipes. However, these pipes are instead buried in a coarse aggregate such as gravel, which allows water to flow into the pipe but blocks larger particles and debris from entering. French drains can be found both inside and outside of basements.
Your Nashville foundation repair expert may suggest interior drains for your basement. These drains are much like the floor drains you already have, but can be installed in areas where water accumulation and leaking is most common. They can redirect water from your basement floor into a sump pump for ejection from the basement.
To learn about other basement and foundation waterproofing techniques, contact United Structural Systems today at (615) 800-2058. We’re the Nashville area’s premier foundation repair, waterproofing, and basement and crawlspace repair service.