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How to Check Your Interior Drainage System

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So, you’ve visited the basement of your Cincinnati, OH, home and you found some water lying around.

Everything points to a faulty or nonexistent interior drainage system. This is not uncommon, especially during rainy spring and summer seasons. When these systems are not present or fail, they can quickly turn your basement into a waterpark. A myriad of problems will follow from mold to musty smells. Your number one priority should be to check your drainage system to ensure its functionality or have a reliable system installed in your basement as soon as possible.

In this post, we’ll look at signs that you have obstructed interior drainage and how you can unblock yours.

Signs of Interior Drainage Problems

How will you know you are dealing with interior drainage issues like a backup? Keep an eye out for some of these signs:

  • Water Seepage: Leaking water, especially after snow melts or heavy rain, is usually a sign of a clogged or blocked interior drain. This can have extreme ramifications if not addressed promptly. Contact a professional to inspect and intervene as soon as possible.
  • Basement Water Stains: Do you see any signs of water stains on your basement floors and lower walls? This is another telltale sign you could be having drainage issues. If this is the case, you need to contact a local waterproofing company to investigate and provide a viable solution.
  • Mold and Mildew in the Basement: As water vapor infiltrates your basement, it collects and condenses on the walls and can lead to mold growth. Your professional basement contractor may recommend several basement waterproofing remedies to address this issue.
  • Cracking Foundation: Natural shifting can cause foundation cracks, which may affect the performance of your interior drainage system. The severity of the problem depends on the size of the crack. If the cracks are about a centimeter wide, it is best if you call a local professional. They will start by looking at your interior drainage for any issues before fixing the cracks.
  • Flaking and Deposits on Walls: Efflorescence occurs when evaporating water leaves mineral deposits on your basement walls. This may leave your walls with whitish fuzz or flakes on your wall.
  • Bowing Floors: Poor drainage can cause your basement floors to shift. This can cause the floor tiles and boards to pop up. The first signs of bowing floors are doors that suddenly do not shut properly.
  • Puddles That Don’t Go Away: Whenever it rains, you always expect your drains to channel water. What isn’t normal is when puddles form and stagnate on the basement floor.

How to Clean your Interior Drainage System

When the interior drain gets clogged, you have no option but to clean it up. Using a snake or auger is a fairly straightforward DIY process, but it’s not one we recommend for every interior drainage system.

Especially if you have had the BasementGutter™ system installed in your basement’s sub-floor, you do not want to attempt this on your own, as the process could damage the drainage channel and affect your warranty.

The best thing to do if you notice there’s something wrong with your drainage is to contact the contractor who installed the system. The experts at Ohio Basement Authority can not only install this trusted system, but we can help you properly maintain it. You can opt into an annual maintenance plan, and one of our highly trained service technicians will be able to help inspect and unclog any blockages.

Ways to Avoid Future Backups

Here are additional ways to protect your basement.

1) Shun generic systems – Avoid drains and systems that feel and look cheap, as you’ll be setting up the stage for future backups. Look for clog-free models that are also less invasive than the conventional designs. Again, we recommend the BasementGutter™ system. This system sits in a trench of gravel, and it is designed to not clog like conventional pipes.

2) Fill gaps on the subfloor – The traditional basement drain involves excavating the basement floor and laying the drainpipes before restoring the concrete and covering it with a board. The problem with this approach is that it creates a significant gap along your basement floor.

3) Install FreezeGuard™ – When winter arrives, the exterior drains can get compromised. Freezing water will obstruct water flow and this can impede the sump pump. You can avoid the frustrations associated with backup by installing the specialized FreezeGuard™ attachment – a perforated pipe – at the lower section of the exterior discharge line. This way, water gets to flow outside.

If you don’t have the right tools or don’t want to muck around the drainage, get in touch with your basement waterproofing contractor serving Cincinnati, OH. Along with tending to your interior drainage, these experts, such as the team at Ohio Basement Authority, can also recommend additional measures and solutions to dry out the basement and keep it safe and healthy.

Don’t let a clogged drain cause your sleepless nights. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free basement drainage inspection and quote, and discover what ails your basement and the best fix.

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