Sump Pumps

Frequent puddling or flooding of your basement is an indication that a sump pump and drain system should be installed. Water forms in pools mainly from hydrostatic pressure building up and water typically leaks into the basement where the foundation walls and floor meet. However, in other instances, cracks in the floor can lead to pooling water which can require a drain system. This hydrostatic pressure builds as a result of several complications that can include improper run off, over saturated soil, home sitting on high water table land and more.

In any circumstances, interior drain systems including sump pumps is a solution The Foundation Doctor has years of experience providing. Since these drain systems are deeply buried, if a contractor were to improperly install them, it would be very difficult to modify or correct it.

3 Rivers Waterproofing uses four main components with these systems. The drain tile (pipe) consists of aprox. 4″ diameter pipe perforated along it’s length. The filter media is used to cover the drain tile and allows easy flow of water through to the pipe. The Hydra Cove plate is vital in preventing future leakage from forming on the floor of your basement. It channels water and moisture forming on your walls or cold joint moisture seepage, into the drain tile. And finally, the pipe then leads to a sump pump which is really the staple of any drain system. Our high quality pumps should last you the life of your home.

Drain tiles are most effective when placed along side of the foundation footer. Many contractors will place the tile on top of the footer which is a mistake. Placing the tile along side of the foundation footer, will lower the surrounding water table by 6-8″ below your basement floor. This practice helps prevent hydrostatic pressure from building around your foundation walls.