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Basement Drainage System

Not all basement drains are treated equally. Some function differently, and some work better than others.

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An extremely effective solution for keeping your basement dry is to install a drainage system. This system goes along the perimeter of your basement so it is discreet and effective for removing water from your basement.

The benefit to an interior drain system is that there is no damage to your yard like there would be with an exterior drain system. Interior drain systems are also much less expensive and quicker to install, typically in 1-2 days.

If you’re interested in more information, Foundation Recovery Systems is ready to help you. We offer free basement waterproofing inspections to homeowners throughout Missouri. We serve throughout central Missouri and Eastern Kansas, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield.

Basement Drain Systems


Water can make its way into your home through a variety of different passages. When you’re not sure where that water’s coming from, it can feel like an impossible challenge to try and get the flow of it back under control. 

Luckily, the professional contractors in your area have a myriad of waterproofing measures ready to make available to you. Interior drainage systems are among the best basement waterproofing measures you can invest in. These systems run the perimeter of your basement and actively catch and redirect water away from the parts of your basement that may be sensitive to damage.  

 There are other home waterproofing measures available to you, though. Why might you want to consider installing some manner of basement drainage system above your other available solutions? 

Types of Basement Drainage Systems 

There are several different types of drainage systems available to you, should you want to consider installing one. These can include: 

  • Interior drainage systems 
  • Exterior drainage systems  
  • Sump pumps 

Interior and exterior drainage systems rely on a series of pipes to capture water and direct it back out of your home again. The lack of power needed to use one of these drains can make it appealing, especially if you’re only contending with minor flooding throughout your space. On the other hand, sump pumps can prove to be the ideal drainage system aids should you find yourself contending with heavy but concentrated flooding. 

Choosing which of these available home drainage systems to work with can be a challenge. There are distinct differences, of course, between their capabilities. More often than not, you can determine which of these drains may suit your best with help from an area professional. Together, you can walk through your home and determine what, if any, kind of damage your basement has seen over the past several months. After discussing repairs, you can then determine whether or not you need widespread protection in the form of an interior drainage system or concentrated care in the form of a sump pump. If it seems like there are pockets of groundwater causing you problems outside of your home, comparatively, an exterior drainage system may better suit your property. 

Doubling Down on Home Solutions 

The good news is that should you find yourself contending with widespread basement damage, be it in the form of flooding or seepage, you can work with area professionals to invest in both repairs and basement waterproofing measures. Repairs will, of course, need to come first so that you can prevent additional damage from wreaking havoc on your home. If you try to install any drainage system without first investing in home repairs, you’ll find that the conditions around your home will worsen and your drainage system will have a much shorter lifespan than it would have in a sealed home. 

That said, there’s no need to confine yourself to a single type of drainage system. You can have your interior drainage system work in tandem with additional waterproofing measures if you are concerned about the amount of water getting into your home. Vapor barriers, for example, can prevent any water that might slip away from your drainage system from getting into your home. Dehumidifiers, comparatively, can help you manage the moisture levels in your home. If you think you may need these additional waterproofing measures in your home, you can discuss which might pair best with an exterior drain tile system when area professionals come to inspect your home. 

Of all of your basement waterproofing options, interior drainage systems can provide your home with the most comprehensive protection. 

The Basic Benefits 

As mentioned, interior drainage systems are ideal if you’ve found yourself contending with superficial but widespread flooding. In these cases, your drainage system can consistently help you keep your home dry. This waterproofing measure is also non-invasive, meaning it won’t impact the appearance of your basement upon installation. 

Beyond that, an interior drainage system can be relatively straightforward to install. While contractors may still need to fuss with your foundation, depending on whether or not your home’s seen any damage and to better direct water away from your home, installations can take between one and three days. Experienced professionals make this time pass quickly. You can even request that additional waterproofing measures, as mentioned above, be installed alongside your drain within that same time frame. This way, you can better protect your home from unanticipated forms of water damage. 

Overcoming Common Waterproofing Problems with an Interior Drainage System 

More specifically, interior drainage systems can help you contend with the smaller inconveniences that leaks can bring about in your home. Consider, after all, what moisture can do to your space. Unusually high levels of humidity and standing water alike can make your home more vulnerable to the stack effect while also damaging not only your structural supports but any belongings you have stored away. 

Other common problems an interior basement drain can help you contend with include: 

  • Unpleasant Smells. While dealing with unpleasant smells in your home may not seem like that significant of a trial, those smells can often indicate something else is wrong with your basement. As moisture makes its way into your basement, it can seep not only into the furniture you have in place but also into your insulation and drywall. In turn, these materials can take on unwanted damage, to the point where they may start to rot. The smells that make their way through your home, then, can indicate significant property damage. If you opt to cover these smells up with an air freshener or something similar, you may be obscuring a significantly larger problem. 
  • Standing Water or Seepage. If you walk downstairs to find standing water or seepage up against one of your walls, you’ve got the clearest idea of both where the damage in your basement might be and how severe it may be. Seepage, of course, is less significant than flooding, but both conditions indicate that your basement’s structural supports may be compromised. Dealing with seepage and flooding can be complicated, especially if you weren’t expecting to see that degree of damage upon coming into your home. The first thing you’ll want to do is to try and bail out your home before the water can start to negatively impact the property you have stored away in your basement. As soon as it looks like the water is clear, you’ll want to reach out to area professionals to discuss what kind of repairs your basement may need. 
  • Infestations. As cracks start to appear in your basement’s structural supports, it becomes more and more likely that animals and insects will start to make their way into your home. While summer weather can keep most critters outdoors, insects will take any advantage they can to settle inside of your home. Winter weather will drive critters like rabbits, moles, and raccoons toward the comfort of your home. 
  • Mold. That same moisture that can cause your property to rot can also provide mold with the exact conditions it needs to thrive. Mold loves little more than darkness, moisture, and heat. If your basement cracks a leak, you’ll be more likely to see mold start popping up in spots close to the leak itself. The molds that tend to crop up in your home can be especially dangerous both for your home’s structural integrity and for the health of your family. Molds that are allowed to flourish can cause your family to develop allergies or lifelong health conditions. While it can be tempting, with that in mind, to try and remove any spotted mold clusters from your basement as soon as you spot them. Unfortunately, trying to get this kind of mold out of your home without professional guidance can put you in immediate danger. At the absolute minimum, you’ll want to have protective materials on hand, including gloves and a mask, as you go to drive mold from your home. Ideally, if you spot a mold growth in your home, you’ll want to reach out to a mold remediation professional and schedule a home inspection and removal. 

You do have the option to install your own drainage system. However, these kinds of basement DIY repair and waterproofing installation projects can often make the conditions throughout your basement worse, especially if you don’t have any experience working with drains or plumbing. The benefit of working with professionals is that you will have the opportunity not only to avoid unnecessary tool purchases but also to collaborate with those who have a long history of working on homes just like yours. 

Money and Home Exterior Drain Tile System DIY Projects 

Most homeowners who want to try and take on home DIY waterproofing projects want to do what they can to save money when faced with unexpected damage or maintenance. Unfortunately, trying to take on these types of DIY projects can run you a pretty penny. Not only do you have to go about purchasing the materials you’ll need to repair the crack or leak in your basement, but you may also have to purchase specialty tools. 

Comparatively, professionals serving your area are well equipped with both materials and tools that you might not use again after your necessary repairs. Professionals can also provide you with a free quote on both the repair services and waterproofing measures you might need, allowing you to cultivate your preferred repairs. 

Home Damage During DIY Projections 

While you may see your repair budget starting to bulge, there’s also a chance that your preferred repairs may not go your way if you try and take them on without professional guidance. When you try to take on a crack or a leak, you can end up only covering up the damage done to your home instead of attending to it in its entirety. 

In these cases, you can often cover up the signs of damage that might otherwise indicate that something’s gone amiss in your basement. When you can’t as easily keep track of the damage in your basement, it can flourish, eventually compromising the structural integrity of not only your basement but your foundation as well. 

Reach Out to Foundation Repair Professionals  

There’s no need for you to try and take on the challenge of waterproofing your basement on your own. If you’re considering installing an interior drain or another type of basement drain, you can work with the professionals serving your area. Together, you can best understand what kind of equipment you want to have installed outside of your home and how best you can prevent unwanted moisture from compromising your home’s structural integrity. 

How It Works

Basement drains are installed inside your home and along the perimeter of your basement. The system is connected to all leaking walls and channels the water to your sump pump, which then directs the water outside and away from your foundation.

Features of Basement Drain Systems

Not all basement drains are treated equally. Some function differently, and some work better than others. Below is a list of features for the best basement drains in the industry, which is what we proudly offer to our customers.

Drainage That Will Not Clog

Some drainage systems are installed with a 1″ gap at the edge of the floor. These gaps can collect dirt and debris from the floor, clogging your system. Other drains sit completely underneath the basement floor in front of the footing, laying in the mud underneath your home. These drains can easily clog with mud, causing the system to fail.

Features of our system:

  • Sits on top of the footing, out of the mud
  • A bed of stone keeps the system clean and provides a backer for the concrete
  • 3/8″ wall flange to accept wall seepage that will not clog with floor debris

Frozen Discharge Line Protection

IMG_9718_editedDrains and discharge lines resting outside of the home are liable to freeze during the cold winter months. If your discharge line is frozen with ice, the water will have no exit, thus backing up into your basement or crawlspace and burning out your pump. You will be flooded. To ensure that a basement does not flood from this freezing discharge line, the water needs another way out of your home.

Features of our system:

  • A special grated opening outside your home allows water to escape
  • No valves to turn FreezeGuard works automatically
  • No water escapes during normal pumping

Built-In Wall Drainage (No Open Gaps on the Floor)

IMG_9825_edited-(3)Basement walls can leak in many ways, including through cracks, pipe penetrations, through windows, or simply by having water seep through the concrete. The hollow cavities in block walls can fill with water, creating a never-ending stream of water vapor and humidity in the home.

Features of our system:

  • A 3/8″ wall flange allows water to drain from the walls
  • Compatible with tucked-in wall vapor barriers
  • Neat and clean finished appearance

Our Service Areas

Des Moines Location

2401 SE Creekview Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Kansas City Location

7280 NW 87th Terrace, Suite C-210
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 774-1539

Lee's Summit Location

211 SE State Route 150
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
(816) 774-1539

Moberly Location

1401 US-24
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 202-8662

Springfield Location
1820 N Barnes Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286
St. Louis Location

1625 Larkin Williams rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
(314) 207-9995