What Is A French Drain & How Does It Work?

Many homes, businesses, and industrial buildings use a french drain as the main component of their drainage system, as it has proven to be a highly-effective system. What exactly is a French drain and how does it work? We’re glad you asked! Follow along and get some answers to learn more about how a French drain can keep your home dry and safe.

The Basics of French Drains

The structure that makes up a French drain is designed to make water flow through it smoothly and effectively. The water flows eventually to a trench which is filled with gravel, and finally through a perforated pipe at the bottom. The most important part of the system is the point at which the pipe empties, which must be a calculated distance from the home to ensure the home will not be at risk of water damage.

Trench Bottom Design

The bottom of the trench drain must be designed and placed very specifically. The bottom should be sloped approximately an inch for every 8 feet in the direction in which the water should flow. This point cannot be stressed enough; it will make or break the entire system.

Water Diversion

Deciding where to divert the water can be a difficult decision depending on the layout of your property and will certainly require a professional opinion. The best places to divert your water are typically the street, a drainage ditch, or a low-lying area of your yard/property.

Do I Need A French Drain?

If you have any moisture problems in your home, it is best to get all water as far away from your home as possible. Many families will notice telling signs such as a frequently wet lawn or water exposure in your basement. If you experience any of these issues, you should inquire about getting a French drain.

B-Dry Systems uses French drains as part of our award-winning basement waterproofing system. Contact us today for a free estimate and learn more about our system here!

Guide to Finishing Your Basement- What You Need to Know

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If you are interested in finishing your basement, there are several necessary steps to take to ensure the new space is safe and liveable. Use our guide below to help make sure you are prepared for the extensive process and that your hard work isn’t compromised by the consequences of forgetting an important step!

Decide on a Design

The first step that many homeowners take, and often the easiest, because a basement finishing project is usually born from one’s vision. Transitioning these ideas into more practical realities will be necessary for you to move on with a more cohesive plan for your basement.

Research the Legal Aspects

Depending on where you live, there could be legal aspects to your basement finishing job. Many cities require you to obtain a building permit so it is best to do this research far ahead of when you plan to start building. You will also likely need a building plan when you apply for the permit so be sure you are taking the necessary steps to stay proactive.

Waterproof Your Basement

Countless homeowners proceed with a basement finishing project without protecting the space with a waterproofing system and end up losing all their hard work. Basements are the most vulnerable place in your home to water damage and leaks. By investing in a basement waterproofing system, you can guarantee your basement will not be plagued with water damage that will cost you thousands of dollars.

Call Your Plumber

If you are adding plumbing to your basement, this is the time to complete the installation process. Call your plumber or begin installing the necessary systems yourself.

Install Electricity

After the plumbing is completed, it is time to call your electrician and give the basement electricity. If you would also like heating and air conditioning, you should call a trusted HVAC professional at this time.

Put Up Ceiling

If your basement is in need of a new ceiling, the basement is now ready for it after the plumbing and electricity are completed.

Furnish & Decorate

Now that all the tedious work is complete, it’s time to decorate and furnish your new space! Take your time choosing the best furniture and design for the space so you can make it exactly what you had in mind!

The Causes & Costs of a Flooded Basement During Fall

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Dealing with a flooded basement is overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin repairs. Use our guide to help address the flooding issues in your basement and know how much you should expect it to cost.

Most Common Causes for Basement Flooding

Even the nicest, most modern homes have basement flooding issues, it is simply the science of water running from high to low ground which makes flooding often unavoidable. Often times, rain is the main cause of a basement flooding. You should be hyper aware of this possibility during particularly rainy seasons such as fall. If your foundation has any cracks, rainwater will likely make its way through and cause moisture issues in your basement. Inspect your basement for any cracks that could pose a threat. The slope of your property can also cause your basement to flood. Ideally, your yard will slope away from your home, directing rainwater away from your home and basement to avoid flooding issues but if it is not this way, you are more likely to experience a basement flooding.

How Much Does A Flooded Basement Cost?

Repairing your basement and all of your property is a hefty feat, especially because it is often unexpected. The total cost of repairing your basement after a flooding will depend greatly on factors specific to your situation including how long the water sits, how large your basement is, how much water there is, and what you have in your basement at the time of the flood. In our experience, more minor floods can cost about $10,000 to repair whereas larger, more significant floods are closer to $25,000-$50,000.

How to Prevent a Basement Flood

While you can do things like check for foundation cracks and clean your gutters to help prevent basement flooding, the only way to surely avoid a basement flood is to properly waterproof your basement. B-Dry Systems has been waterproofing basements with our perfected system across the country for decades. Contact us today for an estimate on waterproofing your basement and avoid any flooding issues!

Check These Things Before Remodeling Your Basement

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Remodeling your basement is an exciting  project that will allow you to add a new space to you home. Often times, the excitement of the project can take over and some essential steps are overlooked that cause problems later on. Use our guide to make sure your basement is ready for a remodel project and prevent any pricey fixes later on.

Test for Radon

Elevated levels of radon gas are a leading cause of lung cancer and unfortunately, many people don’t even know they’re being exposed to it. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing for radon every two years so if you are not up to date, be sure to do this before beginning the remodel project.

Keep Necessary Items Accessible

The basement is typically the place where several important items are located so it is essential to keep this in mind when redesigning. Make sure your furnace, heat controls, electric panels, water valves and more are still accessible with the new arrangement of the basement to prevent any possible issues.

Test for Moisture

Test your basement to see if there are any moisture issues. Many families go ahead and redesign their basement with new furniture and decorations that end up getting ruined from mold and water damages. Take the proper precautions and test for moisture to ensure your new basement is sustainable. If you have moisture issues, call us today for a quote on our basement waterproofing system! Want to know more about how we guarantee your basement will be dry for a lifetime? Read more about our waterproofing system here!

Is Fall a Good Time to Waterproof My Basement?

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For homeowners, there are countless concerns and tasks to stay on top of to keep your home safe and in mint condition but there is a project that is often overlooked until it becomes an issue. Waterproofing your basement is a great way to begin the fall season. Not only will you have a dry basement, but your mind will be at ease knowing you are at no risk of mold growth, leaks, or flooding in your basement.

In New England, summers are relatively dry and often leave basements untouched by damaging factors but with fall right around the corner, September should become a time for homeowners to consider waterproofing their basement. Fall is often a time for home projects, as the weather is much more conducive to working around the house. Though not as glamorous as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, there are several benefits of investing in a basement waterproofing system this fall.

Because fall is the rainiest time in New England, your basement is at serious risk of having moisture issues such as leaks or even flooding. October records the most rainfall out of any other month in New England so if your basement is leaking, now is the time to look into this issue. With a basement waterproof system from B-Dry Boston, you will never have to worry about leaks, moisture, or flooding of any kind in your basement. Our system comes with a lifetime warranty and has been tested and retested to ensure we are giving you the best system possible.

Fall is quickly approaching and bringing heavy rainfall. Prepare your home and save thousands in water damage by investing in a basement waterproofing system today. Contact us for more information including a free estimate on your basement!

Ways to Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

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Having a flood in your basement can be devastating to both your home and your wallet. Luckily, many flooding situations can be avoided by taking the necessary precautions before any water damage occurs. Follow our tips below to prepare your home and avoid your basement flooding during this rainy season.

  • Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean- Gutters are often overlooked and forgotten about but they are an essential part of your home. By keeping your gutters clean, you can better ensure the draining system is working correctly to push water away from your home and basement.
  • Inspect Your Exterior- Many times, people search the inside of their basement for problems areas where water may be able to enter their home but often times, the problem is on the outside. Search your home’s exterior for foundation cracks that water could be seeping in through. Though this problem will typically cause mold or smaller leaks, during a storm this could easily cause flooding in your basement. If you find such cracks, consult a professional immediately.
  • Inspect Your Sewers & Septic Tank- If there is a clogging or draining issue in your sewers or septic tank, they are a ticking time bomb when a storm arrives. Ensure that both of these have been inspected and/or cleaned recently to avoid causing a flooding issue during heavy rainfall.
  • Invest in a Basement Waterproofing System- By investing in a complete basement waterproofing system, you will relieve the stress and worry of a basement flood. With a lifetime warranty, B-Dry Systems guarantees our system will waterproof your basement, preventing floods and even leaks. Contact us today for a free estimate on waterproofing your basement!

How to Prepare Your Home & Basement for Heavy Rains

As rainfall totals grow to some of the highest on record, many homeowners are feeling the effects of the recent wetness on their homes. Use our tips below to prepare for the heavy rains in the upcoming wet season and get your basement and other places in your home ready for any moisture coming its way to avoid pricey water damage!

Stay On-Top of Clearing Debris

While yard work can be easy to put off in any season, during the rainy season it is crucial to clear debris around your home. If debris is built-up around stairwell or window drains, it will interrupt the draining process and cause water to accumulate which could cause several issues.

Examine Your Driveway

Your driveway should be designed in a way that naturally flows rainwater from your property to the street where there is better drainage. If this is not the case, you should invest in a pump to take the water from your driveway to the street. Also, check your driveway for cracks and fill them if possible. This will limit water build up under your driveway that may make its way toward your home and cause moisture issues in your basement.

Test Your Drains

If your drains aren’t working properly, you will surely have moisture issues in your home when heavy rains come to town. Before the rainy season begins, test your drains to make sure you don’t have any issues. If you do, address them immediately before the water build up causes water damage to your home.

Check Your Sump Pump

Having a sump pump can be a great way to keep water out of your basement but if it isn’t working properly it can cause serious damage. Check the discharge lines to make sure your sump pump is running correctly and getting water far from your home.

Get Your Basement Waterproofed

The best way to fully prepare your home for heavy rain and other external moisture is to waterproof your basement. With a lifetime warranty and raging customer testimonials, B-Dry Systems is surely your best chance of keeping your basement dry and avoiding thousands of dollars in repairing water damage in your home. Call us today for a free estimate on waterproofing your basement!

Identify Water & Moisture Problems in Your Basement

Sometimes, it can be easy to identify water leaks or other moisture issues in your basement but other times, it’s not so obvious. Use these tips to identify moisture in your basement and prevent any further damage by addressing it now.

  1. Strange Odors- If there is an odor in your basement that you can’t seem to identify, it could be hidden water damage. If it is from water damage, the smell will likely be musty. Take a look around your basement for the possible problem area and if you’re unable to find it, call a professional for assistance.
  2. Peeling Paint- If the paint on one part of your wall is peeling, this can be a sign of water damage beneath the paint. Loose water inside wall spaces can cause serious damage and should be repaired immediately.
  3. Mold Growth- Visual signs of mold or other bacteria growth are a clear sign of a moisture issue in your basement. When mold spores combine with water, they become visible and form the mold we often see. If you see anything mold-like growing in your basement, seek professional help immediately to have it safely removed from your home.
  4. Sagging Walls- If you notice a wall is a different shape than it used to be, this is likely due to water damage. Drywall becomes heavy when wet and will often be visible from the wall’s exterior. Keep an eye on your walls and if you see any changes in shape, contact a professional for help.

 

If you see any signs of water problems in your basement, you should address them immediately to prevent any further damage. Avoid any water problems in the future by waterproofing your basement with a lifetime warranty. Contact B-Dry Systems today for a free estimate on your basement!

Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry on Rainy Days

Regardless of the age and design of your home, your basement is often at risk of exposure to water and moisture. This can cause property damage amounting to significant repair costs. Take the following steps to make sure your basement remains safe and dry on the rainy days to come.

 

Install or Replace Gutters

If your home is without an effective gutter system to collect rainwater, some water will surely end up in your basement. Make sure that your home is efficiently collecting rain water and steering the water a sufficient distance from your home, far from your basement.

 

Don’t Dry Your Clothing in the Basement

If your washing machine is in the basement, it can be tempting to take clothes out and hang them to dry right there but you should take the time to bring them upstairs. Bringing any wetness or dampness into your basement will add to the humidity and moisture which is capable of causing significant issues for your home.

 

Properly Ventilate Appliances

If your washing machine, dryer, or other appliances are ventilated within your basement, you will almost surely create a moisture issue for yourself in your basement. For this reason, make sure these appliances vent outdoors, releasing their moisture outside your home. It is also imperative to ensure these machines are leak-free.

 

At B-dry Systems (located in Billerica, MA) offers comprehensive Basement Waterproofing services and guarantee to handle all aspects of ensuring your basement is safe from moisture and water damage. View our Lifetime Warranty Page for more information on how we’ll ensure this system lasts as long as your home does and contact us today for a free estimate on your basement!

What You Need To Consider Before Buying a Sump Pump

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Does your basement need a new sump pump? There are some essentials you need to know before purchasing a sump pump based on your home and your needs. Follow our guide for steps to take before you purchase a new basement sump pump to ensure you’re making the most of your investment!

What Type Do You Need?

Most sump pump are one of two types; pedestal or submersible. Many people purchase pedestal pumps because they are less expensive but if you are going to be using it frequently, it is best to invest a little more money in a submersible pump. With a submersible pump, the engine will not overheat as easily and will run for long periods of time. If this is your first, it can be more difficult to know which to choose but if this is a replacement sump pump, use your experience with your last pump to influence this decision. Continue using a brand or model if it worked well for you.

Where Will You Be Placing the Pump?

Placement is important to consider when purchasing a pump, not only for the particular pump you choose, but also for other equipment you might need. If you will be able to keep a close eye on the pump, you may not need a pump alarm but if not, this is a necessity. If your basement does not have an outlet close by, you should purchase a new extension cord or consider installing an outlet closer to the pump to avoid electrical issues. You may also need to purchase the pipe and fitting that you will need to connect your pump to. Make sure you look into the setup before purchasing a new pump to avoid multiple trips to the store!

Is This the Most Effective Way to Keep My Basement Dry?

If you are constantly having flooding issues in your basement and you can’t keep up with the maintenance of a sump pump, it may be time to consider waterproofing your basement and stopping your basement’s water issues permanently. The professionals at B-Dry Systems in Billerica, MA provide services both to assist with sump pump replacements and repairs as well as our award-winning basement waterproofing system. Contact us today for a free estimate on your basement project!