Wet Basement?

“Water always wins!” That’s why basements leak…but not if HomeSpec BasementFix gets involved. If you are experiencing water leakage into your basement, an interior drainage system may be your best solution.

Most homes since the 1940’s have drain pipes installed around the outside bottom of the basement walls during construction to manage water that comes around the house. When this system inevitably stops working, it either needs to be replaced or another option of water management put in place, such as inside drainage pipes which can be installed below the basement floor. They both manage the water and tell it where to go. This is a cost-effective way to stop water at all points where it tries to enter the basement. It lasts longer, too, so we offer a lifetime, fully transferable warranty with our system.

Consider an Interior Drainage System

The most effective interior drainage system is pipe installed inside the perimeter of the footing. This requires removing and replacing concrete at the slab edge. By placing the drain pipe beneath the basement floor, it drains water before it comes into the basement. Similar to an exterior system, the drainage system connects to a sump or storm sewer.

A critical component of this approach is the dimpled plastic cove placed at the base of the wall and beneath the slab edge. Dimpled cove is similar to a small egg crate and permits free drainage of the wall into the drain pipe. In low permeability soils, this system can accept rising groundwater using an aggregate layer under the slab.

HomeSpec BasementFix’s exclusive method for installing a below-the-floor drain tile system beats all. We utilize strong triple wall 4″ pipe with fittings at each bend, reinforced concrete flooring, quality sump pumps, ultra-quiet pump check valves and high-tech battery back-up pumps. Each corner of the basement has a clean-out access installed for future maintenance or just to drain your dehumidifier.

We are clean and care for you house like it’s ours. Your basement will be protected for a lifetime…and that’s our warranty!

Confused by All the Voices?

Don’t be fooled by inferior systems. Several things matter with an interior basement drainage system: what pipe is used, where it’s installed and how it’s installed; and the weep holes in a block foundation matter, too!

  • Many companies like to use “gimmick” pipes. HomeSpec BasementFix uses 4″ S&D triple wall pipe, which is very effective in managing water beneath the floor. This 4″ high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has a smooth interior and is strong and large enough to manage the water from around and under the house. It’s actually made for this purpose and meets local and state codes. [Note: HomeSpec has an excellent 4″ pipe that can sit on the footer in those rare and extreme cases where it’s the only option.]
  • Some companies use drainage pipe with a geo-textile fabric (or, “sock”) around it. Rookies! Sure the sock will filter out dirt, right up to the point that it clogs and water can’t even get in. Do they offer to return and replace the filter when it clogs? Nope! Others put landscape fabric around the pipe, but the fabric only allows water to drain through it one way and they are not typically aware of this. At HomeSpec BasementFix we put plenty of stone around our 4″ pipe to keep the dirt filtered out. Where there’s sand, we line the trench (not the pipe) with soil separation material that allows water to pass through both ways and we install stone between the fabric and the pipe. We really have thought this through!
  • Some companies are obligated to a franchise and install pipe on top of the footer so that water has to go uphill to get into the pipe. HomeSpec BasementFix installs the pipe next to the top of the footer, right where it is originally installed during construction. This catches water before it can come through floor cracks, so with a full perimeter system we warranty against water coming through floor cracks as well. Of course, we would never install pipe at the base of a footer, because that could undermine your foundation. With the pipe next to the footer, we are able to put back a good thickness of concrete to restore the structural integrity of your basement floor.
  • Many companies drill weep holes randomly into the block. HomeSpec BasementFix drills into every cavity, including the mortar joints to insure that water will not continue to build up in your block foundation walls. Just to be sure, we have checked with several structural engineers and have been assured that the weep holes will not compromise the structural integrity of the walls. We want to solve your problems, not create new ones.
  • Many companies insist on installing pipe next to the wall, even on older homes with no footer under the foundation wall! HomeSpec BasementFIx will never do that because it can undermine your foundation. We have unique solutions to install interior drainage without risk to your foundation.

Call the Experts

We are the leading experts in this field by far. And don’t just take our word for it. Read our outstanding reviews on Home Advisor and Angie’s List. Check Qualified Remodeler magazine’s “Top 500 Remodeler’s in the Nation.” You’ll find us there for many years now. We’ve earned the HIP 200 award as well as Remodeler 550 and INC 5000.

Our website is here to provide information and answers, but every home is different, so our trained inspectors can customize a solution to your needs. Please call now or fill out the online form. Someone will respond quickly and very soon you will be meeting with one of our certified inspectors to develop a repair plan together. There’s no obligation and it’s a free inspection, so call today!

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