How Basement Drain Systems Work

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At Global Basement Waterproofing, a significant part of our work is installing basement drain systems in MA and RI. A basement drain system, also known as a perimeter drainage system, prevents water from entering a basement or crawlspace. It consists of a network of pipes and drainage channels around the perimeter of the foundation. These systems collect and redirect water that enters the area around the foundation, such as through the walls or floors, and divert it to a sump pump or other drainage point.


Let’s take a closer look at basement drain systems and how they work.


Pipes and Drains

The system typically includes a series of drainage pipes around the perimeter of the foundation. These pipes are often made of PVC or other durable materials that are resistant to corrosion and deterioration. The pipes connect to a series of drainage channels or trenches dug around the foundation. To ensure proper drainage and to prevent clogging, gravel or a similar material usually lines these channels or trenches.


Diverted Water

The drainage pipes and channels collect water and then direct it to a sump pump. The sump pump pumps the water out of the basement or crawlspace and away from the foundation. The sump pump connects to a discharge line that runs out to the yard or to a municipal storm drain.


Preventative Measures

We also sometimes call a basement drain system a perimeter drainage system because it is located around the perimeter of the foundation. However, it is important to keep in mind that this system is a preventative measure and will not fix existing water problems. Therefore, it is important to identify the cause of the water infiltration and address it before installing a perimeter drainage system.


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If you have a problem with water in your basement, a drainage system can help divert the water away from your foundation. Once you identify the source of the water, basement drainage systems in MA and RI can help keep your basement from flooding, especially in the early spring when the snow is melting but the ground is still frozen.


Contact us at 1-800-593-2090 for basement drain systems in MA and RI, sump pumps, and more.

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