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.


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The installation crew worked well together and were polite, professional, and very hard working! Thank you, I have been able to move my wall back to level with your wall anchoring system. I am happy and relieved to have the wall secured and anchored!- Karmen N., 5/5 stars
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They know their job and did the work in a timely manner! My experience with the office and crew was excellent!- Charlotte P., 5/5 stars
Blackburn Basement Systems is a local business with a good reputation. Of all the construction/repair people I have had work on my house, your crew was the best. They checked in and out, explained the process step by step, and answered all my questions. Blackburn's piering system did the trick!- Gary H., 5/5 stars
We are thoroughly pleased with the WaterGuard system that Blackburn installed. Alan and his crew are very good people, hard working and explained everything well. Great job!- Richard L., 5/5 stars
We couldn't be more satisfied with the anchor system! Our walls are now secure. We chose Blackburn Basement Systems to fix our basement based on a list of excellent references in our area, and good word of mouth.- Michael M., 5/5 stars
Very satisfied, glad we have no water in the basement anymore! Your company did an excellent job fixing my basement, I hope you pay your workers a lot because they work really hard and deserve it!- Ms. Patty K., 5/5 stars
I picked Blackburn Basement Systems because of their outstanding reputation! I was glad that Blackburn provided me with a list of references and local people to talk to about the kind of work that they do.- Bruce C., 5/5 stars
Blackburn's installation crew was knowledgeable, professional, and answered all of my questions well.- Thomas E. II, 5/5 stars
The anchor system works great! Were very pleased with the references provided of local people-helped make our decision much easier.- Charles S., 5/5 stars
Blackburn was able to do everything that needed to be done with quality materials, and good workers. It is such a piece of mind now when rain comes we don't have to clean up water, and that we can use our basement for other things, and that the air is so much better. It's like having a new basement!- Susan and Leon A., 5/5 stars
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We have never detected any leakage since the work was done. The system has done the job that we were told it would.- Chad B., 5/5 stars
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