Interior Water Management Systems
Eco-Dry is a privately owned and operated company that services all of Northern NJ. We have over 25 years experience in all aspects of Home Waterproofing including Interior Drainage Systems and Basement Waterproofing. Call or Email us today and ask about our Lifetime Guarantee. We also guarantee Owner involvement in all jobs we take on. We are not a franchise and we can confidently say that if we can’t fix or find a solution to your wet & damp basement or crawlspace issue no one can.
When a proper interior water management system is installed, it will relieve any water pressure from under the floor as well as from the walls. This water pressure is caused from water seeping down into the soil & collecting in the backfilled area around the foundation. That water can come from areas well behind your property line by traveling through underground veins, arteries, & capillaries located in the soil. When that water builds up down at the base by the footings, it creates Hydrostatic Pressure. That pressure can force water through the smallest of cracks or crevices & even under the footings. This is the reason why new homes built today require exterior footing drains to re-direct that water away. The problem with older homes is that those drains either don’t exist or they are clogged with no way of cleaning them. As a result when the hydrostatic pressure builds up after heavy rains it begins to seep into the basement. It can start off very slowly with just some beginning warning signs.
Listed below are the early signs of a water problem that may occur on & off for many years before obvious seepage or flooding occurs.
- Damp spots on walls or floor
- Cracks in walls or floor
- Musty odors
- Mold, mildew, & rust
- Peeling, blistered, or discolored paint
- Efflorescence (white powdery substance)
- Condensation, & sweating of pipes, water tank, and other utility equipment
- Warped paneling
Eco-Dry Waterproofing installs the most effective of the interior drainage systems for a basement or crawlspace. A perforated drain pipe is installed inside the perimeter of the footing. This requires removing & replacing the concrete slab around the edges. By placing the drain pipe beneath the slab it drains the area to the lowest level, similar to an exterior system. The drainage pipe is connected to sump, and the sump will have an air tight child proof cover. Block walls will have weep holes drilled into its cores to relieve the pressure from inside the walls cells. A critical component of this approach is the dimpled plastic sheeting placed at the base of the wall & beneath the slab edge. The dimpled sheeting is similar to a small egg crate and permits free drainage down the wall and across into the drain pipe. It also allows us to close the floor all the way back to the wall with no gaps, which keeps the foundation walls supported, and allows someone to finish the basement without losing any floor space.
There are many other details that go into this job to ensure a lasting result, and to keep the entire home safe throughout the process. The attention to detail for each step is what separates system to system & company to company.
Avoid the Track Systems
The systems installed that sit on top of the footing are easier & cheaper to install, however these systems have many drawbacks.
- For one the drains are much smaller than 4” piping and cannot handle as much volume.
- Also those systems cannot be pitched toward the sump because the footing is level, therefore the water will not flow as fast.
- Furthermore the floor is an integral part of the structure in keeping the lower part of the wall from being pushed in from soil pressure. Now instead of having the floor completely cemented back in place as our system does, they will only have a plastic track there with a skim coat of cement, which will offer no support.
- Finally, these systems cannot drain any water under the basement floor or at the base of the footings. This can cause floors to still remain wet & the footings to be undermined, leading to serious structural damage. When doing an interior system you need to drain all water at the lowest possible level, which is next to the footings NOT on top.
A “warranty” will not keep your basement from getting wet in the future. What matters most is the track record and commitment of the company promising to stand behind it. What good is a warranty that doesn’t cover anything, or worse – one from a company that has gone out of business?
A Lifetime Guarantee from Eco Dry is a valuable asset to every homeowner because of our commitment to using environmentally-friendly, high-quality materials, the latest installation techniques and professionalism you can count on.
We’re proud of the work that we do and back it up with a lifetime dry basement guarantee.
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Eco-Dry Waterproofing covers all of Northern NJ including Sussex, Morris, Warren, Passaic, Essex, Union and Bergen Counties.