In most cases, waterproofing a basement by installing a drain tile system will take only a couple of days, from start to finish, with minimal disruption at a very reasonable cost. Our waterproofing process, completed in six steps, will ensure your foundation remains protected for generations to come. We are so confident in our work, we offer a lifetime warranty, transferable to owners. We go as far as stamping our name right in the concrete of every job we do.
Find out why professional installation is important to you by watching the video on the right.
Learn more about our 6-step basement waterproofing installation process:
Step 1: Dig Trenches & Protect The Foundation
Our crews take special care to protect your property. We start by putting plywood on your lawn to protect your grass. To protect your flooring, we put runners in high traffic areas.
We also seal off doorways and vents, and cover personal belongings with plastic, before covering the rest of the area with plastic walls to seal it off. We use air scrubbers with Hepa filters and jackhammers equipped with Hepa vacuums to help reduce and eliminate dust.
The foreman will then walk you through the site answering any final questions you may have.
After all questions are answered, we jackhammer around the basement’s perimeter, removing approximately 18 inches of the floor from the wall. The finest equipment is used and our crews pay special attention to ensure the footing of the foundation is undamaged.
All trenches are dug by hand and sloped toward the sump basket. The dirt and debris are removed via rubber buckets and wheelbarrows and hauled away by our trucks for recycling.
Step 2: Drain Water From Foundation Blocks
With each system we install, we drill drainage holes in the bottom of each and every cavity of the block where it meets the foundation. This allows water to flow freely into the drain tile and sump basin where it can be safely, efficiently and permanently pumped away from your house.
With a poured concrete wall the drain holes are not necessary. Our patented Diamond Drainage Board allows the water that infiltrates at the cold joint to move across the footing and into the drainage medium.
Step 3: Install Rigid Drainage Pipe
We use rigid PVC drainage pipe (also known as drain tile) ensuring an even downhill slope to the sump basin. Rigid drainage pipe is superior to flexible pipe–in part because the drainage holes are bigger and are not subject to the clogging from minerals and sediment which plagues flexible piping. By using only rigid piping, with washed rock around the drainage pipe as a filter medium, Standard Water Control can better guarantee the efficiency of the drainage system for the lifetime of the foundation.
Step 4: Patented Drainage Technology
- It facilitates the unrestricted flow of water from the block, across the footing and into the drainage field.
- It eliminates the concern of sediment blockage in the small openings of tubes and other products.
- Diamond Drainage Board™ allows for replacement of concrete to the same thickness as the original floor with positive contact to the footing and wall. This will restore the structural strength of your floor and wall. It also resolves the need for an “open gap” between the floor and wall for moisture barrier installation.
By installing our patented technology with every basement waterproofing system, we help provide peace of mind for homeowners for generations to come.
Step 5: Install Moisture Barrier
To eliminate this risk, Standard Water Control installs a moisture barrier, prior to having new concrete put in place and professionally finished. We are so confident in this process, and its ability to permanently eliminate basement seepage, that we stamp our name in every job we do – right in the concrete next to the sump basin.
Step 6: Install Superior Sump Pump System
Our service marked Superior Sump SystemSM includes a sump basket that is manufactured from structural plastic with our Diamond Plate CoverSM bolted down air tight to the top for controlled access and safety. Additionally, this will not allow radon into your home. The sump pump is the highest quality available, and is used with every basement waterproofing system we install.
This premium grade, totally automatic submersible pump with check valve and high water alarm helps ensure a longer pump life and no water in your basement. Two discharge pipes are installed on every job, one for the primary pump and the other to facilitate the installation of a battery back up pump system.
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