How do you dry a wet basement? By stopping water at the point where it enters the structure. Because most basements flood from the wall-floor joint, one of the most common ways to stop the flooding is to install a perimeter drainage system along the edge of the basement floor. Interior basement drainage systems, or perimeter drains, collect water and direct it to a sump pump, which then discharges it out of your home.

An interior system can bypass the expense and damage to your yard that is caused by an exterior drainage system. Interior systems cost half as much, install in 1-2 days, and are installed with no need to excavate the outside of your home.

If you’re interested in more information, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is ready to help you. We offer free basement waterproofing quotes to homeowners throughout Georgia. Our service area includes Lithonia, Duluth, Douglasville, Cumming, Acworth, Rome, Woodstock, and many areas nearby.

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Basement drains come in many shapes and sizes, some of which work better than others. Basement drains also have many names, including drain tile, weeping tile, French drain, interior footing drain, and other names.

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How Interior Basement Drainage Systems Work

To install a basement drain inside your home, the contractor will run a drainage system across all leaking walls and ideally along the entire perimeter of the basement or crawl space. Once the water is collected, it’s directed to a sump pump, which discharges the water out and away from the house.

AquaGuard’s Perimeter Drainage System: WaterGuard®

WaterGuard® is AquaGuard’s approach to perimeter drainage. It’s a basement waterproofing system that never clogs and is backed by a lifetime warranty. The patented profile includes wall flange and spacers that collect wall seepage, as well as channel holes that collect groundwater. Its large diameter ensures it won’t crush or kink as many standard plastic drain tiles do—plus, it’s hidden behind a layer of concrete, so you’ll hardly know its there. When installed along with our TripleSafe™ sump pump system, your basement will be protected from flooding from foundation leaks.

Benefits of AquaGuard’s basement drainage system: 

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Drainage That Will Not Clog

Some drainage systems are installed with a 1″ gap at the edge of the floor. These gaps can collect dirt and debris from the floor, clogging your system.

Other drains sit completely underneath the basement floor in front of the footing, lying in the mud underneath your home. These drains can easily clog with mud, causing the system to fail.

Features of Our System:
• Sits on top of the footing, out of the mud
• A bed of stone keeps system clean and provides a backer for the concrete
• 3/8″ wall flange

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Frozen Discharge Line Protection

Drains and discharge lines resting outside of the home are liable to freeze during the cold winter months.

If your discharge line is frozen with ice, the water will have no exit, thus backing up into your basement or crawlspace and burning out your pump. You will be flooded. To ensure that a basement does not flood from the freezing discharge lines, the water needs another way out of your home.

Features of Our System:
• A special grated opening outside your home allows water to escape
• No valves to turn—IceGuard frozen drainage line protection works automatically
• No water escapes during normal pumping

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Built-In Wall Drainage (No Open Gaps on the Floor)

Basement walls can leak in many ways, including through cracks, pipe penetrations, windows, or simply by having water seep through the concrete.
The hollow cavities in block walls can fill with water, creating a never-ending stream of water vapor and humidity in the home.

Features of Our System:
• A 3/8″ wall flange allows water to drain from the walls
• Compatible with tucked-in wall vapor barriers
• Neat and clean finished appearance

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An Easily Accessible Port

Basement Systems’ WaterGuard® Ports are useful access ports to the system. They have a knockout hole so you can drain a dehumidifier hose into the top of the system. They are also useful when inspecting or flood testing the system.

Features of Our System:
• Easy-access ports to the drainage system
• Drain a dehumidifier that isn’t located near the sump pump

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Baseboard Waterproofing System for Special Applications

Some homes are built with a monolithic foundation as part of their design. With monolithic foundations, the floor and footing are poured together as one piece. This means the edges of your basement floor are indeed your footing and are very thick at the edges.

Jackhammering a trench at the edges of a monolithic foundation may damage the footing. Therefore, a subfloor perimeter drainage system is not advisable. The solution for waterproofing a monolithic foundation is to install a baseboard drainage system on top of the floor.

A special dove-tail design and 2-part epoxy ensures the DryTrak® won’t separate or be accidentally kicked or knocked loose from the floor. Other drainage may also be recommended through the center areas of the floor, especially if you have leaking floor cracks in a monolithic foundation.

Features of Our System:
• Safe for monolithic foundations
• Installs in only 1-2 days.
• Permanently bonded to the floor
• Dual system options available for monolithic foundations with leaking floor cracks

Call AquaGuard for Basement Drainage Systems in Greater Atlanta

Our experienced and highly-trained waterproofing crews can help you prevent basement flooding. Call AquaGuard today for your free inspection and basement drainage system cost estimate!

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Contacting Your Basement Waterproofer

AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is dedicated to providing our customers with the best service from the first call onward. When you contact us for a free waterproofing quote, you can count on a friendly, trained representative to answer right away—without having to navigate through a clumsy automated system. We’ll set you up with an appointment that’s based on your schedule.

If you’re not available during a weekday, many of our specialists have also made themselves available during evenings and weekends. We want to schedule our visit when it’s convenient for you.

Before Our Visit

Before visiting, our staff will send you a personal profile of your system design specialist. We’ll also send a copy of one of our full-color, 88-page waterproofing books. These books provide a powerful research tool, covering everything you need to know about drying basements and crawl spaces.

Basement waterproofing is something you only want to do once. When you make an appointment with one of our certified system design specialists, you’ll learn what the best options are to turn your wet basement into dry, usable space.

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Meeting with Your Specialist

Your system design specialist will be a knowledgeable, skilled, and well-trained expert in the field. Your specialist works with wet basements every day and will be able to answer all your questions about basement waterproofing and crawl space repair.

The cost of waterproofing a basement or drying a crawl space depends on how you customize your solution—no two jobs are ever the same! What you will not experience are high-pressure sales tactics or prices that suddenly drop ten to fifty percent over the course of the visit. Our personable, professional representatives know that our products speak for themselves and we work off of a published price list.

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The Basement Waterproofing Installation Process

One of the best things about having us waterproof your basement is that we do it all! Our installation crews are trained to install all of our wet basement solutions, including sump pumps, drainage systems, dehumidifiers, windows, and options for your walls and floors.

In most cases, the full installation will be finished in less than two days, and your basement or crawl space can be used immediately after the installation is complete. You’ll be surprised by the skill, speed, and flexibility of our team of waterproofing professionals.

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Follow-up from Our Office

Our service to you does not end the day we complete the installation. At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we like to follow up a few days after the work is completed to make sure that everything was complete the way it was proposed.

If you have any feedback or issues, we want to hear about it. And when the time comes to service or upgrade your system, you’ve created a business relationship with a stable, established company who is there whenever you need us!

We’d like to help you transform your dark, damp, musty basement into the extra floor of usable, dependable space it’s meant to be. Don’t wait to reclaim your basement space. Call or email us today for a free waterproofing quote!