Basement Drain

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


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Basement drains come in many shapes and sizes, some which work better than others. Basement drains also have many names including drain tile, weeping tile, French drain, interior footing drain, and other names.

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.

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