What causes basements to leak?

Hydrostatic pressure, the pressure exerted by a fluid due to gravity, is the primary reason for basement leaks. Surface water saturates the ground putting pressure on the walls of your foundation. This pressure pushes water through the pores, joints and any cracks that may be in concrete walls and floors, causing leaks. The solution? A permanent basement waterproofing system installed by Blackburn Basement Systems.

Our system works like this:

  • Small holes, called weep holes, are drilled through the basement walls near the bottom.
  • Water that would have seeped through the walls now drains through the weep holes into the Waterguard® system, which lines the walls at floor level.
  • The water is collected and drains into the TripleSafeTM sump pump system, where it is pumped outside.

Blackburn installs sump pumps, SaniDry Dehumidifiers, and other basement waterproofing products in South Dakota (including Aberdeen, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Miller, and Rapid City).

WaterGuard Basement Drainage System


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Keeping a basement dry has been a challenge for over a century. Contractors have used many methods over the years with varying degrees of effectiveness, though none have been completely successful. Most drainage pipes, the most widely used method, sit at the bottom of the wall and get covered with soil, leading to clogging over time. What good is a system that gets clogged from soil that will then allow your basement to get wet?

Our WaterGuard sub-floor drainage system:

  • Is engineered specifically to drain water from your basement without clogging.
  • Has a special wall flange with a space between the floor and the wall to drain away all wall seepage while not allowing dirt and debris from the basement floor to enter.
  • Has perforations in the back of the pipe to let water flow into the system from below as well as above.
  • Is the winner of the CQIA Innovation Prize.

WaterGuard is patented in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Our state-of-the-art WaterGuard system is just what you need!


"We were very satisfied with the job did for us. The office staff was excellent and very informative. The specialist's presentation was good. We hired your company because we heard good things about you and your products."- Scott & Jess B., 5/5 stars
"Very good job, very satisfied. The installation crew were good hard workers. The salesman was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Thank you, I will recommend you!"- Leslie Z., 5/5 stars
"The installation crew, salesman, and office staff were all great!"- Janice O., 5/5 stars
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
Blackburn Basement Systems is an experienced company, and they were very courteous. We are very satisfied with a job well done!- Howard A., 5/5 stars
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
Absolutely impressed with your WaterGuard system! Glad to know that we have the best waterproofing system and a written warranty!- Terri C., 5/5 stars
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
Glad we can finally finish our basement off now that it is waterproofed!- Leo E., 5/5 stars
We were well satisfied with a job well done! The inspector and the office were pleasant to work with, and the WaterGuard system seemed to make complete sense. Great work guys!- Jim W., 5/5 stars

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