One of the issues that we encounter when we start asking questions during the initial evaluation meeting with the clients is that many do not even know what a basement floor drain is. Thus, they are not even sure if they have it or not.
Basically, the basement floor drain looks just like a shower drain. It continues under the foundation of the house with a pipe that connects either to a collection pit or with the local sewer system.
Basement floor drains may not look great on your concrete floor, but they are actually mandatory according to the most recent building codes in the US. They allow the excess moisture in the basement to drain safely away from your home instead of pooling.
A properly working basement floor drain can effectively remove excess water from the place where it is most likely to accumulate. Your basement (as its name says) is located below ground level. It may be surrounded by the local water table if the grading of your home is not done correctly.
It is also subject to wear and tear as the building works and settles over the decades. With proper waterproofing on the inside, you can be assured that water may not enter the basement from the outside. The role of the basement floor drain is to remove water generated inside the building.
Thus, if you live in an old building, you need to ask waterproofing specialists how to install a floor drain in the basement. Or, if you already have one but it is old and damaged, you need to consider basement floor drain replacement. The alternative may be a complicated and costly operation to remove flooding and its negative effects not just from the basement, but also from the rest of your house.
At Dry Tech Waterproofing, we have over 25 years of experience in helping homeowners fix or replace a damaged basement floor drain. We have licensed waterproofing contractors always ready to help you with any basement problems in: