Basement Drainage Drain Tile or French Drain



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



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                  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 drain becomes clogged and can no longer drain the water from the walls or under the floor properly, new drain tile installation system needs installing or drain flushed.






Install new 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, Inc. 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, Inc. 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:


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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. Waters Basement Services, Inc. services the Buffalo & Rochester NY areas. A drainage camera is used 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 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 an 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 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 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?