Archive for May 13th, 2017

How a French Drain Can Keep the Basement Dry

Having a flooded basement after a rain storm can be disheartening. Further exploration might reveal cracks in the basement walls that need to be repaired. Many homeowners go through the motions of having the cracks repaired, but are leaving out the solution for why the cracks are there to begin with. Improper water drainage is the main reason your basement gets cracks in the walls, or floor and floods. Waterproofing experts can help determine the best methods of keeping water away from the foundation. French drains have proven to be a very effective tool in this process.

What Is a French Drain?

A French drain is one that is generally placed alongside the foundation to alleviate the problems associated with excess water at, or near the foundation surface. They can be installed in, or outside of the basement. The drains lead to an area that has a sump pump to evacuate the water properly into a sewage line. They are most noticeable when placed near concrete driveways in flood-prone locations.

External French Drains

The placement of an outdoor French drain is something that is added after a waterproofing membrane is placed against the outside wall of a foundation. A layer of gravel is covered by a hearty PVC pipe and then back-filled with more gravel. The design is simple, yet effective. The excess water will be moved away from the foundation wall and a sump pump will help direct it away from the property through proper disposal pipes.

Indoor French Drains

Adding a French drain inside the basement is ideal for areas that suffer from a huge fluctuation in the water table levels of the ground. You can determine this by the way water infiltrates the basement. If it comes up from the floor and edges after heavy rains, you have a water table issue. Installation is the similar inside the basement, except that a portion of floor will have to be dug up to insert the drain. The water collected will be sent to a main area that a sump pump will direct out and away from the foundation.

Releasing Pressure on the Foundation

Cracks in the walls of a concrete basement are a symptom of water pressure that is being increased along the foundation. Filling the cracks and fixing the symptoms are good, but you need to get down to a solution for what is causing the problem. A French drain system is an affordable way to keep cracks from happening in the future. This minor investment will ensure that your foundation stays healthy and the home safe.

Contact foundation waterproofing experts like Highlander Waterproofing and discuss the benefits of a French drain system today! They will also handle all wall crack repair Erie PA.

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Best For Small Bathroom

Our bathroom is small but this one is better than the one that we had when we were still renting. But even it is small I still want to redesign it since I am still in a tight budget and still saving, I guess these ideas will make me interested of putting some stuff in our bathroom. But of course, I just don’t need to add things on it; functionality is the key that means to say I don’t need to add things that are not necessary. It is given already that our bathroom is so small, why do I have to add things that are not important and are not functional anyway? So what are the things that are functional could be a towel bar, this time maybe I would like to buy colorful ones to add pops of color. Painting is important too, but need to make sure that the color would utilize texture and patterns so to add creativity and not just you’re doing it because you’d like to do it. Make it match so you will not feel sorry in the end.

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