French Drain Installation in Columbia, Kansas City & Springfield Areas

If you notice water leaking into your basement after a lot of rain or if you experience basement flooding, installing a perimeter drain is a simple yet effective way to waterproof your basement.

As the basement waterproofing specialists in Columbia and Missouri & Eastern Kansas, we offer a wide range of interior drainage options and professional installation to help keep your basement dry and clean. Our systems fit all types of foundations, and we will help you select the best drainage system for your needs.

If you're interested in having drain tile installed in your basement, contact us to schedule your in-home inspection and free estimate.

What is a French drain and how does it work?

A French drain can also be called drain tile, weeping tile, French ditch and perimeter drain. The concept of the French drain was developed by Henry Flagg French in the mid-1800s. This type of basement waterproofing method is actually a trench filled with gravel, rock or a perforated pipe that redirects water away from the foundation. The problem with traditional French drains is that they can easily clog. 

Our basement drainage systems take the original concept of the French drain and incorporate a clog-free design. These systems, along with our other waterproofing products, will keep your basement clean and dry so you can use the space for storage, entertaining or additional living space, without worry! 

Which basement drain system is right for your home?

Different problems call for different tools to fix them. In the same way that we wouldn't use a hammer to drive in a screw, we don't use the same drain system for every basement waterproofing job we complete.

Each of our drainage systems is designed to address a different, unique challenge that you may be facing. Some of these challenges involve the way your home has been designed, while others address unusual basement water issues, such as iron ochre.

We offer a wide selection of basement drainage options to choose from, and our basement waterproofing specialists can help you select the best system for your home.

The WaterGuard® basement drain system.

WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain

For a typical basement, our WaterGuard® below-floor drain is the ideal choice for waterproofing. This French drain is designed to be installed below the floor slab, resting on top of the foundation footing. This keeps this drainage system out of the "mud zone", where drains can clog.

Installation involves removing a section of floor around the perimeter and creating a drainage trench. Sections of WaterGuard® are then placed within the trench, resting on a bed of drainage stone, and the floor is restored. A wall flange extends 3/8" above the floor, allowing the drain to collect water leaking from the basement walls.

DryTrak® baseboard drain pipe

DryTrak® Baseboard Drain Pipe

Most foundations come in three pieces: walls, floor, and footing. Other foundations (called monolithic foundations) come with the floor and footing as one piece, and the walls are installed on top as a separate piece. Monolithic foundations have exceptionally thick floors around the edges. Jackhammering through these thick concrete floors is very time-consuming and creates a lot of dust!

To avoid these issues, we recommend the DryTrak® Baseboard Drain Pipe system. This unique drain system installs above the floor, eliminating the dust and labor of jackhammering.

The FlowGuard thin floor weeping tile system

FlowGuard® Thin Floor Drain System

Sometimes the concrete floor in a basement is too thin for a drain to be installed on top of the footer. If we did install it on top of the footer, the drain would stick up past the concrete slab.

We usually address this challenge with our FlowGuard Thin Floor Drain. This system is designed to sit in front of the footing in a bed of drainage stone. After installation, the concrete floor is restored over it. Like our other drain systems, FlowGuard includes a wall flange, which extends up the wall to direct any leaking water to your sump pump system.

The WaterGuard® IOS (Iron Ochre System) Drain Tile

WaterGuard® IOS Perimeter Drain

If iron bacteria is present in your water, it will create a gelatinous, rust-colored substance known as iron ochre. This unpleasant material is notorious for smelling terrible, staining everything it touches, and clogging drainage systems.

We can solve this problem with our WaterGuard® IOS Perimeter Drain. This product is a modified version of our WaterGuard® system that includes an extra-wide drain channel, and larger drainage openings. To allow for easy drain system maintenance if clogged, the drain system also includes an exposed, removable lid.

The TrenchDrain Grated Drainage Pipe System

TrenchDrain™ Grated Drainage Pipe

Many homeowners come to us looking for a solution to prevent water from flooding from an outer entryway (hatchways, garage doors, under doorways, etc.).

We typically solve this problem with our TrenchDrain Grated Drain Pipe. The grated opening of this system is designed to accept water from the floor, where it's then directed to your perimeter drain. Like our other drain systems, TrenchDrain is compatible with a radon mitigation system. If this is a concern for you, ask your specialist for details on how TrenchDrain works in a sealed radon mitigation system.

Contact us for a free French drain installation estimate

No matter how your house was constructed or what kinds of problems you're facing, our waterproofing products can be combined to create a solution that's ideal for you! Contact Foundation Recovery Systems today to get started with an in-home inspection and free estimate in Springfield, Independence, Overland Park, Lawrence, St. Joseph, Lee's Summit, Jefferson City, Shawnee, Kansas City or nearby.

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our MO service area

We serve the following areas

  • Bellflower
  • Boss
  • Center
  • Durham
  • Farber
  • Fremont
  • Grandin
  • Hannibal
  • Hermann
  • High Hill
  • Jonesburg
  • Maywood
  • Middletown
  • Montgomery City
  • New Florence
  • New London
  • Owensville
  • Palmyra
  • Rhineland
  • Rosebud
  • Van Buren
  • Vandalia
  • Wellsville
  • Winona
  • Maynard
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