Archive for the ‘Drainage’ Category

Basement Drainage Drain Tile or French Drain

by Darlene Waters


Signs Your Home May Need to Have New Drain Tile / French Drain Installation:




Plugged Clay Drain Tile - Drain Tile - French Drain Installation

                  Plugged Clay Drain Tile

Problem: Plugged Drain Tile


When water comes in on the basement floor where the basement wall(s) meet the floor, this is usually because your basement drainage has become clogged and can no longer accept water. Typically, this will begin in the furthest corner from where your sump basin and sump pump are. When drain tile, also known as French tile becomes clogged and can no longer drain the water from the walls or under the floor properly, new drain tile needs to be installed.






Install new drain white perforated drain tile to collect the wall and floor water into the sump basin and then pump it out of the basement. Waters Basement Services installs clean-outs in the basement drainage tile to enable your drain tile to be cleaned or flushed. Drain tile should be cleaned at least once a year, or more often depending on your soil type. Clean-outs enable the homeowner to clean their drain tile with a garden hose. If the homeowner prefers or is unable to use the clean-out Waters Basement Services will perform this service. Just as important is proper grading along the foundation and gutter downspout placement, you always want water to shed away from your home.


Camera Inspection of Drain Tile:


Plugged Clay Drain Tile - Drain Tile - French Drain Installation

Bob Waters inspecting a downspout conductor line

If you’re experiencing clogged drain tile, contact us to have a camera inspection of your drain tile. We service the Buffalo & Rochester NY areas. A drainage camera is very useful in helping to determine if your drain tile needs cleaning, is plugged, or filled with tree roots and must have new drain tile installed. The camera provides a view of the drain tile, (on a small TV screen) locating any tree root intrusions, breaks, plugs/blockages or other common problems. Having a drain camera inspection allows the homeowner to understand what potential issues may arise, or if they need to address a problem immediately. The best way to determine the condition of your drain tile is by a camera inspection.

Drain tile is the essential ingredient in effective basement waterproofing. Drain tile needs to be free of debris that can build up over time to operate correctly.

Basement floor drains work the same. A floor drain needs to be free of debris and be able to flow out into the storm drain. When the storm drain becomes overwhelmed with stormwater, this water may pour into your basement. You can have a backflow preventer installed or plug the floor drain, which prevents water from entering your basement when storm sewers become overwhelmed and cannot take water out.






Reviews from our customer surveys in the Buffalo & Rochester NY areas:


“How great it is to finally have a dry basement after many years. Thanks! Wonderful to see a boss working right along with his crew. They were great and finished the job in 3 days.”    Shirley; Lockport, NY

“We now have a usable basement that we feel comfortable entertaining & using as living space. Our foundation will last much longer now that our water problem resolved, with new drain tiling installed. Very happy with the professional work ethic the crew showed while they were here. After construction clean-up is outstanding, shelving very heavy duty & sturdy.”   John; Corfu, NY

“Prompt, friendly professional, flexible service. Reasonable rates and impressive clean-up! Highly recommend.”      Michele; Lockport, NY

“No H²O in the basement after a 4” downpour, Thanks!”       Sall; Rochester, NY

“Job completed is better than when our home was built and done as scheduled! Totally impressed with the work and the follow through. Very Satisfied!”     Larry; Byron, NY


Water is coming in on the floor where the basement walls and floor meet. Why?


Why your drain tile should be cleaned?

Sump Pump Installation in Rochester NY & Buffalo NY

by Darlene Waters

A quality sump pump is truly the heart of any water management system, quietly collecting water seepage year after year. It is essential to have a pump that is capable of removing the volume of water collected by the system. If a sump pump cannot meet the demands of the system, basement flooding may occur.

We perforate our sump basins to pull any water in the area from underneath the floor to help eliminate hydrostatic pressure build-up which leads to floor cracking and heaving.  All water must discharge from the sump basin drain system. A pumping system is installed to remove all collected water from the structure. Drying up your wet basement is the first step toward a clean and healthy room ready for living, storage, and play. Waters Basement Services provides complete sump pump installation.  Adding water powered or battery backup sump pump that works together with your sump pump in a power outage will help keep your basement dry. Keep in mind that  water powered backup pump must have (municipality water) coming into your home

We offer a variety of sump pump options.   Choose a sump pump that meets your specific needs.

1/3 or 3/4 Horse Power Pumps

3 Year or 5 Year Warranties on Our Pumps

Water Powered Backup Pump 

Battery Backup Pumps

Made in the U.S.A. 


Waters Basement Services, Inc. believes the best possible combination for protecting your home is a regular electric powered sump pump with a water-powered sump pump or battery-powered sump pump working together to keep your basement dry, your valuables and furnishings free from damage.


Reviews from our customer surveys in the Rochester & Buffalo NY areas:


“Bob and his crew were courteous & professional. They completed the work on our new sump pump on time and budget. I would recommend Bob Waters to anyone needing basement services.”            Orhan; Rochester, NY

“All work performed professionally…clean-up was exceptional. I would gladly refer Waters Basement Services and would call your company first if I ever needed basement work in the future.”                      Guy; Lewiston, NY

“I am confident the work completed is done right and that the company stands behind its work. The job was done soon with no wait time and with no delays.”    Lynn; Williamsville, NY

“Thank you-not only professionally, but personally. I am a widow, and it’s hard to trust. I trusted Bob and have all confidence in his work.”    Diane; Corfu, NY

“As compared to other competitor’s quotes and presentation, your company gave the most prompt and thorough feedback. Excellent workmanship!”   Henry; Tonawanda, NY


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Gutter Downspout Extension Drainage Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot

by Darlene Waters

The Answer to shedding gutter downspout drainage water away from your basement!


Gutter downspout drainage that discharges right beside your foundation is one of the major causes of a wet basement. Proper water management around your foundation can be very effective at keeping water from reaching your basement.  The First line of defense to prevent water from entering your basement is fixing downspouts that discharge water right next to your foundation, filling any low areas; and slope the ground away from your foundation.


To move gutter downspout drainage water away from your foundation have our gutter extension system installed


Gutter Extension - Downspout Drainage

Before Gutter Drainage System Installed.

Gutter Extension - Downspout Drainage

Gutter Drainage System Installed the (Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot)


Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot underground downspout extension allows water to flow underground through a pipe away from your foundation.  As water fills in the Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot, the holes in the bottom of the pipe allow the water to drain onto the stone and excess water to flow out the top and filter into the ground. The Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot top is removable to clean any debris that may get into the pot.

Homeowner’s who have a sump basin, and sump pump system with a discharge line installed to remove any water that collects in your drain tile or another name French drain can have the sump basin water discharge line installed into a Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot underground extension.

This system would work the same as having an underground gutter downspout drainage system, except it would be your drain tile or another name French drain water from your sump basin.



You can mow over your Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot!

Protect your foundation from water damage with the lawn scape bubbler pot

Trench Drain

by Darlene Waters

Trench Drain System drains water from doorways, stairwells, and the surface.  Prevent basement water damage from water seeping through doorways, garage doors and down stairs with Trench Drain!  In many instances, water can enter your house and damage the basement by flowing through space under a doorway or running down the stairs.   Waters Basement Services’ unique design directs the water into a channel, where it can be managed and pumped out of your home automatically-without causing any damage! The unique design of the Trench Drain allows for water to drain into the grate, flow into the patented Water Guard sub-floor drainage system, and into the sump basin then pumped out of the home.  Trench Drain comes in several different styles: A large size used for traffic bearing and high flow conditions, and a smaller size used for lighter flow and interior applications.


Trench Drain System will prevent water damage to your basement environment, and keep your home safe and dry.

Basement Debris Removal

by Darlene Waters

Basement Debris Removal in Rochester NY & Buffalo NY

Do you have a basement that is full of the unwanted item?

Do you need to clean out your basement?


Waters Basement Services will haul away your unwanted items and inspect your basement.