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Pros and Cons of Repairing your Wet Basement with an Exterior French Drain

When you put a drainage system several feet under the earth, even in a bed of gravel, it can eventually clog with dirt, roots, and debris.


Protecting your home from unwanted water damage can be a serious challenge, especially if you don’t know what kind of home damage you’re dealing with. Luckily, the waterproofing professionals serving Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and eastern Montana have a myriad of waterproofing measures ready to make available to you.  

Interior drainage systems, for example, are among the best basement waterproofing measures you can invest in. These systems run the perimeter of your home and deliberately redirect water away from the parts of your basement that may be sensitive to damage. If you’re having issues with waterproofing in your basement, you can reach out to your area professionals to see whether an interior drainage system could be an effective way to deal with it.

Contending with a Leaking Basement  

Basement leaks cause trouble for more than just your home’s basement. The unwanted moisture that makes its way into your basement can rise through the rest of your home courtesy of the stack effect. Not only can the levels of humidity in your home rise, but you can see symptoms of damage appearing and putting your most frequented rooms at risk. 

This is where a tough interior drainage system can help. Unlike a temporary exterior drainage system, an interior drainage system can keep any and all moisture away from your home for good. 

The Issues with Exterior Drainage 

Exterior drainage can fail in a variety of ways. The most common problem that exterior drainage poses is basement leakage. When working as intended, exterior drainage prevents water from building up around the home, but exterior drainage doesn’t always work as intended.  

The biggest problem with exterior drainage is that the drainage pipe can easily become blocked. Silt running through the drainage pipe can block it, and in some cases, the weight of the soil above the drainage pipe can even cause it to become blocked. When the drainage pipe no longer drains, it will start seeping water into your basement. 

The other problem with exterior drainage is that exterior drainage doesn’t get rid of water entirely. Exterior drainage by itself will simply spit water into your lawn, which can still make its way back down around your basement. 

This can contribute to even more flooding issues in the future, particularly if the soil surrounding your foundation is already weak to begin with. Exterior drainage systems typically don’t work well as a long-term solution on their own. It is far better to invest in an interior drainage system that will ensure that your foundation and basement will no longer be threatened by any moisture damage whatsoever. 

Interior Drainage Systems: Your Basement Waterproofing Solution  

The good news is that should you find yourself contending with widespread basement damage, be it in the form of flooding or seepage, you can work with area professionals to invest in both repairs and basement waterproofing measures. Repairs will need to come first so that you can prevent additional damage from wreaking havoc on your home.  

With those repairs out of your way you can further discuss with your local basement waterproofing experts what an interior drainage system can do for you.  

The Benefits of Interior Drainage Systems  

Interior drainage systems are ideal if you’ve found yourself contending with superficial but widespread damage. They can consistently help you keep your home dry. However, what are the actual benefits? These are some of the most important reasons you may want to consider an interior drainage system. 

1. Non-Invasive 

Interior drainage systems run around the interior of your basement. That means these waterproofing measures are non-invasive, so they won’t impact your basement or other structures in your home once installed.  

2. Discreet 

Interior drainage systems are also built to be completely discreet. When you have an interior drainage system installed, the pipes are installed within the basement itself, with only the joint between your wall and floor showing any evidence it is at work at all. Because this point is where water tends to gather most, it then makes it crucial for any good drainage system to cover it and protect your basement. 

3. Effective for Complete Basement Waterproofing 

Basement waterproofing requires a number of elements to it, but a big part of basement waterproofing is ensuring that water doesn’t get into the basement in the first place. While interior basement drainage can help intercept leaking water in the basement, it’s important to also pair it with a quality sump pump to effectively remove the water from your basement. 

Reach Out to Innovative Basement Authority for a Free Basement Inspection  

There’s no need for you to try and take on the challenge of waterproofing your basement on your own. If you’re considering installing an interior drainage system, you can work with the Innovative Basement Authority professionals serving Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and eastern Montana. Together, you can best understand what kind of equipment you want to have installed inside your home and how best you can prevent unwanted moisture from compromising your home’s structural integrity. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and repair estimate!

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