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The Most Important Things to Know About Basement Drains

Basement drainage systems can mean the difference between a water-damaged basement that’s teeming with mold and a dry, healthy one.

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Water in your basement is a disaster waiting to happen. This part of your home lies below-grade and is susceptible to moisture and water from the outside. You need to waterproof it

Water from the soil, rain, a flood, or a leaky pipe can turn it into a waterpark overnight, damaging your belongings and setting the stage for secondary problems like mold. With this hindsight, you want to make sure the basement stays moisture-free at all times. You can protect it by installing basement drains. 

Here, we are going to look at different types of drainage systems and why you need them in the first place. 

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What are Basement Drains? 

These are waterproofing fixtures that help move water out of the basement before it causes damage. Except for the sump pump, which is motorized, the other two systems depend on gravity to move water out. Water flows naturally from the floor drains to the discharge point. When installing, it’s important for the floor to slope and the drainpipe to have a pitch or angle as well. 

Types of Basement Drains 

There are different types of drains in Cincinnati, OH. These systems ensure your basement stays dry, which in turn helps prevent a wide range of problems such as: 

  • Mold growth 
  • Pest infestation 
  • Damage of personal belongings 
  • Basement dampness 

Sump pump: This appliance has a motor that pumps out water to the outside via a drainage pipe. There are two common types, submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps stay below the ground and move water out via pipe once the water reaches a particular level. This is the better option when installing a sump pump. On the other hand, a pedestal sump pump sits above the collection pit and pumps out water that comes up through underground drainage pipes.  

If you live in a neighborhood that’s prone to flooding, it’s advisable to install a high-volume pump with a built-in alarm to alert you of water levels. We recommend any of our SafeDri™ systems that feature reliable and high-performance pumps that can move thousands of gallons of water per hour. Our experts can help you install and test your sump pump. They’ll also perform routine maintenance, including cleaning the sump pump to remove silt and sediment. 

Interior drains: Here, we have perforated round half-pipes that are installed on the subfloor along your basement’s perimeter on the inside. What these do is collect leaking water and direct it to your sump pump. They can arrest water seeping through the cove joint, walls, and floor before they hurt your basement. We recommend BasementGutter™, a clog-free solution that’s easy to install and maintain. It’s also compact and stays concealed under the floor. We also offer a grated drainage system that can be placed in front of doorways and stairwells if you have a walk-out basement. 

Floor drains: The Cincinnati building code requires homeowners to install floor drains. With this type of basement drain, the floor is made in a sloping manner so water flows out using gravity. The water goes to a sump pump that ejects it. 

In your quest to keep the basement dry, you must not forget to deal with water on the outside too. This is where the exterior drainage comes in handy. Your gutters and downspouts stop water from ponding around your home’s perimeter. 

Why Install Basement Drains? 

One of the advantages of installing basement drains is that they protect your home from water. Your home will stay dry and won’t experience water damage during wet months. These waterproofing solutions also deter mold growth and create an inhospitable environment for pests that can damage your home. In addition, they prevent the buildup of hydrostatic pressure, which can cause walls to crack, bow, or buckle. 

Protect Your Basement 

Ohio Basement Authority is an authorized basement waterproofing company serving homeowners in Cincinnati, OH. We offer a wide range of waterproofing solutions that help homeowners like you stay on top of basement moisture or water. We use only top-quality products to ensure your drain lasts and your warranty remains valid. 

Contact our waterproofing experts to request a free waterproofing inspection and quote or learn more about how they will resolve your particular water problem.

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