Exterior Drainage - Dry Effect Restoration of Cincinnati

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Exterior Drainage


Professional site drainage excavation is your first defense against basement and building water damage. Every site should have a professional drainage plan that diverts rain water away from buildings into proper ground water channels.

Dry Effect will design and excavate the drainage solution that best fits your site needs and your aesthetic preferences. We leveraging existing rainwater sewers & culverts while creating best in class water diversion channels & protective swales.

Your waterproofing specialist is ready to help you with:

  1. Site Excavation
  2. Drainage Plans
  3. French Drains
  4. Landscape Drainage Swales
  5. Trench Drains
  6. Sump Pump Crock Installation
  7. Addressing Footer Drainage Collapsed Lines
  8. Interior drainage systems

Interior drainage systems

The most common way to keep a basement dry is to capture and remove water with a perimeter drain and sump pump system.

Interior waterproofing is the least disruptive method. An interior drainage system addresses hydrostatic pressure, or the pressure of groundwater forcing its way through the basement walls.

The interior perimeter of the concrete floor is jackhammered and drainage piping is installed, routing water that enters the basement to a sump pump system that actively removes the water. A backup battery-operated sump pump is often recommended to prevent flooding of the basement during a power outage.

Dry Effect is your premier property excavation & drainage specialists and will solve any site drainage challenges you have. Call today to schedule a free inspection and estimate with a trained and certified technician.

Exterior Drainage Frequently Asked Questions

What is a French drain?

A French drain consists of a perforated pipe encased in a layer of gravel or rock that is buried beneath the soil. Its main function is to carry rainwater to a low-lying area using gravity or the land’s natural slope to prevent flooding in a yard or near a home’s foundation.

How Does a French Drain Work?

Remember that liquid always seeks out the lowest point it can reach along the easiest path, readily moving into empty pockets in loose soil. That's the secret to a French drain: It provides a reliably easy path, creating a sunken channel that encourages water to percolate out of the surrounding soil and flow along a smooth course. Gravity is essential for a French drain to function properly, as it first forces water down from the surface and out of saturated soil, then pulls it along the downward-sloping pipe to the desired discharge point.

What is the difference between a French drain and a trench drain?

French drains are often used to remove excess water from low spots or excessively wet areas of a commercial lawn: behind a building, at the base of a slope where excess runoff has been directed, or along property lines where two adjoining commercial lots were grades separately, for instance. The ultimate goal of French drains is to move water away from soggy areas. While French drains are more designed in a more subsurface fashion, trench drains are used when hardscape areas meet or hardscape and landscape areas meet or areas where there are thresholds and doors that meet a sloped hardscape area. Basically, the grade of the two areas causes water to flow where it shouldn’t. Here, we use concrete and metal grates in more of an open, sloped way to flow the water in a proper direction immediately away from the area in question. Ultimately, trench drains will reflow surface water into grates or drains.

Why Do Footing Drains Clog?

While a footing drainage system can be effective for a time, eventually muddy water and particles enter the pipe and reach a tipping point. At this point, drainage is limited or completely obstructed. When excessive soil and debris press up against the filter fabric, this obstruction hinders the drainage process. Water in the soil around the foundation then finds its way through the smallest crevices and openings and into the basement.

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