Getting to know a Trench Drain

A trench drain, also referred to as a French drain, is a trench that is filled with gravel or rock and a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from a home foundation. This system for water drainage was popularized by a lawyer in Massachusetts by the name of Henry Flagg French.

Water entering your basement can cause you all sorts of problems. Not only do you lose living space, but water can ruin personal possessions stored there. It also promotes the growth of mold and mildew which creates health issues for you and your family. Keeping your basement dry is important.

WCI Basement Waterproofing uses a trench drain system to keep water away from your basement. We use the best trench and channel drains in the industry manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). It is important to have an experienced contractor install your French drainage system. The location and slope of the trench is an important first step in putting in a trench drain. If this is not done correctly, the trench drain will be useless. It is not a DIY project. Let WCI Basement Waterproofing come and inspect your home and answer your question regarding installing a trench drain system.

Trench Drains as part of a Larger Waterproofing Plan for your Iowa Home

Trench drains and the other waterproofing solutions that WCI Basement Repair offers can save you money in the long run. Getting water away from your basement and foundation is an important step in assuring that you won’t have foundation failure or basement water problems in the future.

WCI offers other waterproofing solutions along with trench drains. These solutions include:

All of the products that we use for waterproofing and foundation repair are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry. When the proper trench drain and other waterproofing drainage systems are installed, your home will be safe from any water damage in the future and keep your foundation safe, too.

When water is allowed to pool around the foundation of a structure, the moisture will build up in the soil, causing pressure on the foundation. This movement of the soil will also cause you foundation to move, creating structural damage. Don’t let this happen. Installing a trench drain will let the water flow away from the foundation so that is won’t have a chance to pool and cause this type of foundation damage.

Throughout the year, the moisture content will continuously change and the soil in Iowa is expansive soil which means that it will swell when wet and shrink when dry. It is important to keep the moisture of the soil at a steady level so that it won’t shift and move, causing your foundation to shift and move.

Let WCI Basement Waterproofing inspect your home and offer you the solutions you need for basement waterproofing and foundation repair. We have the experience and products to keep your home for many years to come. Based in Carroll, IA, we take pride in our work that is why we offer a 25-year transferrable warranty on our work. Don’t hesitate, contact us today!

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