Interior vs. Exterior Footing Drain in New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Water in the basement is a problem that no homeowner likes to deal with. Even if you could, you shouldn't choose to disregard it. Foundation problems and mold growth are only two of the many problems that water brings about. The wood in your walls and floors will rot, mold will grow and contaminate the air you breathe, and the foundation will fracture and disintegrate if nothing is done about it.

Since a basement absorbs more water than any other room in the house, proper drainage is essential to its continued good condition. Though a basement floor drain won't stop leaks or floods, it will keep water from gathering in the area. That's why installing a drainage system in your basement's walls is important if you want to protect your home against water damage. The goal of both interior and exterior drainage systems is to collect water close to the foundation and channel it away from the house.

Difference Between Interior and. Exterior Footing Drain Systems

Footing drain system

A more permanent alternative to outside drainage systems is an interior drainage system, such as foundation waterproofing. Exterior drainage systems, for instance, are susceptible to clogging with debris and losing their efficacy with time. Even if an issue does occur, getting to them is a Herculean task. As a rule, they are hidden away in inconspicuous spots, such as beneath decks, bushes, or other obstructions.

Problems with repair can also be caused by other potential dangers, such as hidden gas or water lines, sewage, or electrical wiring. Dangers can exist when excavating broken outside drainage systems. If you need assistance with an outdoor drainage system, it's best to call in the experts.

Alternately, interior drainage systems are both safer and more convenient to access. They sit atop the flooring all the way around your basement's perimeter. The waters here are completely safe to swim in.

Unlike exterior drainage systems, which necessitate digging trenches in the lawn, these systems can be installed with minimal disruption to the landscaping. Instead of filling the space at the base of the wall with gravel, we use a drain pipe.

Water is gathered at the floor-to-wall transition by interior drainage systems. That's why they've also started draining the walls for water. This keeps it from collecting in a hazardous pool in the middle of the basement floor. If you have a basement, you should install inside drains and a sump pump to make sure it stays dry and safe.

Stone gathered in footing drain

How Footing Drain System Function?

These systems channel any overflowing water away from the basement. Whatever the source of the water—heavy rain, condensation from the HVAC system, or a leaking water heater—a proper drainage system will keep the basement dry. There are a number of different floor drain options for basements. Sump pumps, French drains, outside drain tiles, and floor drains are some examples of such systems.

Will a French drain, though, keep water out of the basement? Yes. Though such drainage systems are effective in waterproofing your basement, they are not a substitute for other waterproofing measures.

Let Us Help You Install Suitable Drainage System

Whether you need an interior or exterior drainage system, Northeast Basement Solutions is by your side. We're the basement waterproofing specialist serving Antrim, Billerica, Nottingham, and other cities within Portsmouth. Call us today at 978-678-4080 or click here.

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Winchester, MA

We recommended getting a drainage system installed along with a sump pump to help with the basement water issue. We also recommended a Vapor barrier on her walls to help lock in any water and/or moisture and direct it into the drainage system. The cu...

Haverhill, MA

Customer contacted us looking for basement waterproofing solutions. We installed a sump pump station along with a battery back up system to allow the pump to continue to work during a power outage. We also installed an interior French drain system to...

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The customer was having issues with their basement collecting water as well as foundation issues. We broke up the existing concrete, then dug the dirt down 1 foot. Our team then put in new laly columns and a drain system. For the final waterproofing,...

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