When All Else Fails…. Install Foundation Drain Tile!

Few things worry homeowners more than the idea of water entering the home. After all, it has the power to be incredibly destructive and you want to do everything you can to keep it out. Even so, a lot of times homeowners don’t realize that they have a water problem—until they really have a water problem. At that point, it’s too late to avoid damage and now you’re looking for a solution that will prevent it from happening again.

If you’ve experienced water in your basement and are looking for answers, then you may be seeking out waterproofing solutions.

Like most things in life, when it comes to waterproofing, it’s always best to start with a conservative approach. In the case of waterproofing, this would be crack repair with injections. If you don’t have an extensive problem, an injection may do the trick.

However, sometimes, that’s simply not enough. That’s why, when all else fails, you may require an interior foundation drain tile system.

Interior Foundation Drain tile system installed ready for finishWhat is an Interior Drain Tile System?

In order to understand why you might need one, it would help to understand what an interior foundation drain tile system is. An interior drain tile system is a series of pipes that will capture water at its most common point of entry—the basement floor/wall joint. The system is designed to direct water into the sump pit of the home, where the sump pump will flush it away.

How Much Does an Interior Drain Tile System Cost?

Generally speaking, in most cases, an interior system tends to be less expensive than an exterior drain system—which is another option. This is because installing an exterior system often tends to be more labor intensive. But instead of digging a trench around the exterior of your home, an interior foundation drain tile system will be installed around the perimeter of your foundation walls.

We believe in being completely transparent when it comes to cost. After all, you should understand what you’re paying—and why you’re paying it. The cost of an interior drain tile system will be based upon the total linear footage of the complete system. The cost will start somewhere between $40 and $50 per foot. There may also be additional fees for the rental of a dumpster during the installation—likely around $350.

In addition to the interior drain tile system, you’ll also need to think about sump pump installation since these two systems work in tandem. This will add to the overall cost of the complete project. Depending upon the type of sump pump you choose, the sump pit and sump pump installation will likely run somewhere between $600 and $1,000.

Obviously, when all is said and done, it’s a relatively substantial investment. But what you gain in terms of peace of mind is truly invaluable. On top of that, you must think about the expenses you have incurred every time that water has gotten into your basement. If you’ve ever had to replace a carpet or furniture due to water damage, then you already know that these costs can add up quickly, too. And the truth is, there are likely items that you keep in your basement that mean more than monetary value and simply cannot be replaced.

finished interior foundation drain tile systemChoosing Wisely

In the end, if you’re looking for a comprehensive waterproofing solution that is going to solve your water woes, then an interior foundation drain tile system is most likely the way to go. The last thing that you should have to worry about is choosing a solution that’s not going to fully meet your needs. When you’re dealing with water, you want the best solution possible. Interior drain tile systems work in conjunction with sump pumps in order to quickly and successfully remove the water that is causing you problems—and prevent you from having to worry in the future.