Exterior Drain Tile Systems

WaterGuard with flange on the leftvs old-fashioned French drain pipe on the right

Disadvantages of Old-Fashioned French Drains

French drains, or drain tile systems have numerous disadvantages. When they are part of a basement waterproofing retrofit application they must be installed at the footer, deep in the earth. This necessitates the removal of porches or decks, sidewalks and landscaping not to mention any underground utilities that might be in the way as well. Creating new problems when you’re trying to fix your leaking basement makes no sense.

If your French drain installation is successful it can still have a limited or even temporary, effective lifespan due to sediments and debris that are picked up by groundwater as it passes through the newly disturbed soil. Loose, muddy water can enter the drain tile and cause it to become clogged from prolonged use.

Installation lower than the footer can undermine the support of the foundation too, leading to settling of the foundation and, possibly, structural damage.

Blackburn Basement Systems installs our drainage systems along the interior perimeter of the basement, eliminating excavation and potential damage to the foundation.  Our systems do not clog with sediments or debris. Our systems do not leave a 1” open gap along the basement floor, unlike other interior perimeter drain systems do.  To learn more, call or e-mail Blackburn Basement Systems today for a free wet basement repair estimate!

Blackburn Basement Systems provide waterproofing systems that install without invasive excavation and will work to keep your basement dry all the time!  Contact us today for a free basement waterproofing quote!

Blackburn services all of South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, Miller, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown and surrounding areas. Call or contact us online for the best waterproofing system available. We offer free quotes and inspections.