All About Perimeter Drains

If you own a home with a basement, you may have heard of perimeter drains, also known as French drains. These systems can be an incredibly beneficial addition to your home, especially in areas like Northeast Ohio, where heavy rainfall and unpredictable weather can frequently lead to floods. Read on for an overview of how perimeter drainage through the WaterGuard® system can help protect your home and your family.


Our WaterGuard® perimeter drains are installed around the exterior foundation of your home, below the level of the basement floor. They are designed to collect water that may seep through the soil and enter your basement. This water is then directed away from your home, through a system of pipes, and either drained into a sump pump or released into a drainage ditch or other appropriate location.


The primary benefit of perimeter drains is their ability to prevent water damage in your basement. Water intrusion can cause a range of issues, from mold and mildew growth to structural damage and electrical problems. By collecting and redirecting water away from your home, perimeter drains can help prevent these problems from occurring, saving you both time and money in repairs.


Another benefit of perimeter drains is their ability to protect your home's foundation. When water seeps into the soil around your home, it can cause the soil to expand and contract, putting pressure on your foundation. Over time, this pressure can cause cracks and other damage to your foundation. Perimeter drains help prevent this by keeping the soil around your home at a consistent moisture level, reducing the risk of damage to your foundation.


In addition to protecting your home and foundation, perimeter drains can also help improve your indoor air quality. When water seeps into your basement, it can create a damp environment that is ideal for mold and mildew growth. These substances can cause a range of health issues, including respiratory problems, allergies, and even neurological issues. Especially when paired with a basement dehumidifier and air filter, perimeter drains can help prevent these problems, improving your overall indoor air quality. 


Finally, perimeter drains can help increase the value of your home. If you plan to sell your home in the future, having a perimeter drain system installed can be a valuable selling point. Potential buyers will appreciate the added protection against water damage and the peace of mind that comes with knowing their home is protected.


If you do decide to install perimeter drains, it's important to choose a reputable contractor with experience in this type of work. The Basement Guys® will be able to assess your home's needs and design a system that will provide the maximum protection against water intrusion. While the benefits of perimeter drains are clear, it's important to note that they are not a one-size-fits-all solution. The effectiveness of perimeter drains can vary depending on a range of factors, including the type of soil around your home, the amount of rainfall in your area, and the level of your water table. Our experienced team of waterproofing experts will take all these factors under consideration, saving you the guesswork and hassle of planning your own basement drainage solution.


In conclusion, perimeter drains are a valuable addition to any home with a basement. They provide protection against water intrusion, help prevent damage to your foundation, improve indoor air quality, and can even increase the value of your home. With proper installation and maintenance, perimeter drains can provide years of reliable protection for you and your family. If you are considering installing perimeter drains in your home, give us a call today to schedule your free in-home estimate.