Waterproofing a basement can take many forms and methods, each with varying degrees of success. When considering how to waterproof your basement, there are many factors to consider. Cost, how hard it is to install, even how well will the system work as intended, all have to be considered when looking to waterproof your basement. An interior footing drain is one of these waterproofing methods. Many find interior footing drains to be a great option to waterproof a basement and will be glad to tell you how well they work.
To install an interior footing drain , you remove the edges of the concrete slab then dig a trench around the perimeter of the foundation. A perforated pipe (4 inches in diameter) is put in the trench to aid in drainage and is covered with crushed stone. Concrete is finally poured over the trench to complete the drain. Most interior French drains work with existing sump pump systems to remove collected water from the basement entirely.
Now that you know what a interior footing drain is, here’s a guide to help you decide if it’s the right waterproofing system for you.
Does not require excavation. External waterproofing systems like French drains or waterproof coatings require excavation of earth around your house. Interior footing drains are installed from the inside of your basement, which doesn’t require costly excavation of landscaping outside.
Installation is not weather-dependent. Another benefit of an interior footing drain is it can be installed indoors without being threatened by rain, mud, or other harsh weather conditions. By installing the drain inside the basement, it can be installed quickly, even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate.
Cheaper than exterior methods. Interior footing drains are installed on the interior of the basement, which not only saves extra labor, but also cost. Exterior waterproofing methods like French drains require excavation and costly installation. Interior drains do not and are therefore cheaper.
Cutting concrete isn’t easy. Installing an interior footing drain is cheaper than other methods, but that’s not to say it’s easy. These types of drains require cutting into the concrete slab, which is no easy task. This is something to consider.
Will not stop wall seepage. An interior footing drain will effectively drain water that gets into a basement at the floor junction, but it does nothing when water comes in through the walls. Drains are designed to work with gravity, draining water from the lowest point and removing it from the home using a sump pump. But any water related issue involving basement walls are not addressed by interior drain systems.
The SANI-TRED Alternative
If you’re looking for an alternative to address your waterproofing needs, consider SANI-TRED products. SANI-TRED can waterproof your basement without the need for trenches, drains, excavation, or other costly waterproofing solutions, with the added benefit of being affordable. While easier to install than other methods, interior footing drains are still not as easy or effective as SANI-TRED.