Interior Drain Systems: Valuable Improvements in Many North Carolina Homes

March 20th, 2019
Today, builders sometimes request the installation of interior drain systems in new construction. Homeowners also often seek this service. A well-designed interior drain system helps promote drier and more durable basements and crawl spaces in homes and commercial buildings in this region of North Carolina.

Pooling Water Potentially Damages Man-Made Structures

Effective interior drains assist property owners in preventing water from pooling beneath structures. They may also provide a channel for removing water more quickly from premises after it seeps inside basements or crawl spaces. Both of these roles hold value in certain situations. Wet, dank, persistently moist basements and interior crawl spaces will eventually damage residents’ daily quality of life. Consider just a few reasons why property owners sometimes ask us to install interior drain systems:

1. Water May Damage Residential Foundations

In North Carolina, our cold winters sometimes allow water to pose a serious concern for builders. The foundation of a home furnishes a stable platform providing support for the residence. Level, strong foundations essentially help ensure buildings remain level and in good alignment, without significant tilting or other structural problems.

Unfortunately, if water pools beneath a foundation (or seeps inside via cracks), this process potentially causes a lot of complex engineering problems. For example, sometimes pooling water allows certain types of soils to shift in position; houses may begin sinking or tilting gradually over the course of time. Also, floors may become uneven, and doors may not close properly. Cracks in concrete foundations cause particular concern since water expands as it solidifies into ice. If water seeps into a basement through tiny fissures in the foundation and successively freezes and thaws inside the foundation as the season’s change, small foundational cracks eventually become much larger in size. This process may result in costly repair bills for homeowners.

2. Water Also Harms Crawl Spaces

In North Carolina, many homes include crawl spaces located directly underneath the residence. While the layout and size of these locations sometimes vary, property owners need to keep these sites dry, also. Moist, persistently damp crawl spaces may cause significant problems over the course of time.

For example, many crawl spaces in homes in this region extend across bare earth. If the soil beneath the residence becomes saturated with water and remains damp and wet for extended periods, the crawl space itself may grow very moist and dank. Also, water may seep into residential timbers or sub-flooring. Protracted contact between wooden surfaces and moisture eventually causes the wood to begin decaying and warping. It may allow mold and mildew to spread through the vicinity. In some cases, termites also infest rotting wood. These processes, in turn, create additional expensive problems for homeowners.

Interior Drains Promote Drier, More Comfortable Homes

Interior drain systems in basements and crawl spaces offer waterproofing companies a powerful tool to assist customers. These drains in the lowest levels of homes simply provide yet one more means to control water pooling. They sometimes function effectively as standalone improvements. In other cases, property owners benefit by implementing other waterproofing measures, as well.

Generalizing about interior drain systems proves difficult, of course. Waterproofing companies customize this technology to meet the specific needs of their customers. Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions, LLC has prepared some helpful information about interior drain systems. We’ve made it available to the public on our website. Also, if you’ve considered exploring the possibility of improving your property through the addition of an interior drain system in a basement or a crawl space, you’ll definitely want to read this material.

We also recommend consulting with an experienced waterproofing company about the condition of your home. Our firm offers waterproofing inspections to assist households in this part of North Carolina. We examine the condition of basements and crawl spaces and evaluate yard drainage conditions.

Request Local Waterproofing Services

Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions, LLC offers expert waterproofing and drainage services across the Greater Raleigh and Sandhill Areas (including Southern Pines, Fayetteville, and outlying locations). We perform experienced waterproofing inspections. In appropriate cases, we install interior drain systems in basements or crawl spaces for customers. Contact us today at 919-235-5219 or 919-508-7503 for fast, responsive assistance. Lastly, we look forward to helping you!

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Three Indications Your Premises Might Require an Interior Basement Drain System

July 30th, 2018

What distinguishes an ordinary drain from an interior basement drain? While virtually every residence and business in the Greater Raleigh Area utilize’s plumbing system drains, not all of these structures include extensive interior basement drainage systems. These special systems assist property owners by performing a waterproofing role. Would your home or workplace benefit from the installation of a new interior drainage system? Three warning signs may reveal the need to this improvement.

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Plumbing Systems And Interior Basement Drains

As a preliminary matter, it remains important to distinguish interior basement drainage systems from ordinary plumbing system drains. Most homes in this part of North Carolina possess a built-in plumbing system consisting of two main parts: water lines and sewer lines. Clean drinking water enters the residence and flows into taps located in kitchen sinks, bathtubs, laundry rooms, and other locations. After use, this water leaves the residence when it sinks through a drain. Typically, every drain connects to a pipe. The dirty water exiting through these channels will ultimately flow into a sewer system or a septic tank.

By contrast, interior basement drains seek to prevent water from pooling in the lower levels of the home. One big difference exists between plumbing system drains and interior basement drains: water flowing through the plumbing system enters the home with the permission of the homeowner. If you turn on a water tap, you anticipate a reliable flow of fresh, clean water. By contrast, water pooling in the basement resembles water seeping into a home through a leaky roof or a hole in the wall- no one welcomes its presence.

Three Indications Your Premises Might Require an Interior Basement Drainage System

While builders construct homes and commercial buildings with fully installed plumbing systems, they don’t always anticipate the need for an extensive interior basement drainage system. Also, property owners often add these home improvements when necessary as waterproofing measures intended to safeguard the lower levels of the premises. Water collecting in puddles in a basement may cause considerable damage. Interior basement drainage systems help prevent basement flooding.

If you’ve noticed any of these “warning signs”, you might discover benefits in requesting a waterproofing inspection. In some cases, constructing an interior basement drainage system might pose a smart solution:

One: The Basement Appears Chronically Damp

If you’ve become accustomed to a chronically damp, dank basement, consider requesting a waterproofing inspection soon! Basement locations should remain dry and comfortable. Also, water seeping through the walls or collecting in droplets on the ceiling indicates the presence of excessive moisture. If allowed to remain constantly wet, a basement all-too-frequently becomes a source of problems for the property owner. It may promote the spread of mildew and mold. Ultimately, a wet basement may even contribute to the development of structural problems.

Two: Your Home’s Sump Pump Sometimes Becomes Overwhelmed

Another warning sign of potential waterproofing issues happens when property owners notice sump pumps failing to prevent the collection of water in the lower levels of the home. Overwhelmed sump pumps signal waterproofing problems. If the sump pumps in the lower level of your home or business have stopped functioning effectively, these devices may require cleaning or replacement; yet in other cases, overwhelmed sump pump indicate the need for a more comprehensive interior basement drainage system.

Three: You’ve Experienced Seasonal Basement Flooding

Do you anticipate a wet, flooded basement during certain seasons of the year? We recommend seeking prompt waterproofing assistance! Additionally, property owners should not view a flooding basement as routine or normal. Take prompt action to request a waterproofing evaluation in this situation. Furthermore, in some cases, installing an interior basement drainage system offers an excellent solution to this type of problem because this action expands the basement’s infrastructure for draining away pooling water.

Why Waterproofing Inspections Help

During a waterproofing inspection, experts explore the issue of whether or not water leaks pose a problem in a residence or business. A waterproofing inspector also seeks to identify the most likely cause (or causes) for the excess water. If applicable, the homeowner can then consider possible ways to counter this problem. Frequently, a property owner decides to undertake a variety of measures to enhance waterproofing. The installation of an interior basement drainage system may pose one possible solution, for example.

Further Information

Does your home or business require the installation of an interior basement drainage system? Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” assists customers across the Greater Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Southern Pines areas. Also, contact us to request a waterproofing inspection. We possess extensive experience installing drains, sump pumps, and other technologies to help customers enjoy dry, comfortable living, and working spaces. Contact us now at 919-235-5219 for fast, responsible assistance!

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