Woodco, Inc.   Basements and Foundations.  Residential and Commercial. Since 1989.
What keeps our basements dry

Keeping our basements dry is accomplished through means of a system.  If a part of the system does not work correctly or was ignored the entire system may not function correctly, thus it requires the attention and responsibility of both Woodco, Inc. and the homeowner.

Woodco's Responsibilities:

1. We use a product called Proform to form the basement footings.  Interior and exterior perimeter drains are connected through the concrete footer with at least one 4" perforated pipe.

2. We place at least 6 inches of pea gravel beneath the basement floor to allow the lateral movement of the subsurface water, enabling it to flow into the perimeter drains.

3. We will install a sump pit in the basement floor.  This sump pit will be the holding area for the interior and exterior perimeter drains. (Meaning: all water coming from beneath the basement floor and coming down from the surface (rainwater) will lead to this sump pit before attempting to breach the concrete walls or floors.
Woodco's Responsibilties Cont'd:

4. We will waterproof the exterior basement walls using a water-based product from Tremco Barrier Solutions that comes with a standard 20 Year Warranty.  This warranty covers the repairs of any cracks that may leak at no charge for the duration of the warranty.  This crack repair is done from the interior of the basement.

5. Drains or gravel placed under basement windows to allow drainage for rainwater.

Finally, we pride ourselves on the reputation we have of taking care of our customers and builders.
Homeowner's Responsibilities:

1. Install a sump pump.  This is the responsibility of the homeowner (or plumber) to purchase and install.  This pump will remove the water that the sump pit has collected and pump it to a location away from the home. (Ditch, ravine, pond, yard etc.)  It is not allowed to be connected to the sewer or septic system.

2. Proper Grade.  If a yard is sloped toward the house it is very likely that the amount of rain water at times will affect the dryness of the basement.  A 6 inch slope in the first 10 feet away from the house is required for proper drainage.

3. Gutters are essential to properly divert water from the basement.  If gutters are to be tied together and ran away from the house it is important not to connect them to the sump pump discharge line or basement gravity drain.

4.  Keep debris (leaves, trash, etc.) off and away from exposed drains, such as walkout drains, window drains, etc.