While we all want our basement drainage systems to remain functional for long, you can’t prevent occasional problems that may reduce their performance. It doesn’t help that this system stays hidden in the subfloor. Water or moisture issues may pile up and damage your basement. Your number-one priority is to make sure water is flowing to prevent mishaps like flooding.
Let’s look at signs of a defective drainage system, what an inspection looks like, handy maintenance tips, and why signing up for annual maintenance is probably the best decision you could ever make.
Is Your Interior Drainage System Faulty?
Take the guesswork out of your inspection by finding out signs of a defective basement drainage system. Look out for these issues:
1) Unusual humidity. The ideal humidity is between 30% and 50%. However, this can go up if there’s a backup in the basement drainage system. Water will accumulate on the floor and evaporate, driving up moisture levels.
2) Pungent Smells. Excess moisture will encourage mold growth and wood rot, which are accompanied by awful smells.
3) White crystals and bubbles. Minerals may crystallize in the lower part of the basement walls. Sometimes, bubbles resembling a white foam may develop on your basement floor.
4) Blockage. A functional drainage system always stays clear. However, debris or dirt can accumulate and obstruct water. Gurgling sounds and bad smells are indications a tree root has infiltrated the subfloor of your basement.
5) Foundation cracks. When water freezes and thaws, it exerts pressure on the concrete, causing it to crack.
6) Bowing floor. A defective drain could be behind it. Boards and floor tiles may pop up.
7) Water drains slowly. Obstructions will automatically reduce water flow and your drain will channel water slowly.
How is Inspection Done?
Typical basement drainage system checks go like these:
- The contractor removes the drain lid or entry point or opens up three holes in different sections of the basement.
- They visually inspect interior tile or pipes for mud, debris, tree roots, or standing water.
- The contractor inserts a water hose into the tile or drainpipe to detect possible obstructions, flow, deposits, and pitch.
Most problems are usually partial and removing the blockage or repairing the damaged drainpipe is sufficient to resolve the water seepage or moisture issues. Unless the floor has sunk or a tree root has infiltrated your basement, there’s no need to perform unnecessary repairs on a functional drainage system.
Maintaining Your Conventional Interior Drainage System
After years of use, your interior drainage system may develop problems and then fail. The likely culprits are debris, dirt, sinking floors, and tree roots. Here are some handy tips that might help you prolong the lifespan of your conventional interior drainage system.
- Clear out dirt, scum and debris from your drainage system.
- Replace broken, missing or damaged tiles.
- Snake your drainpipe at least twice a year.
- Remove trees that stand near your home, as their roots could infiltrate the basement and damage the interior drainage system.
If your basement is showing signs of water damage or moisture problems, a proper inspection or check may help uncover the root causes. Visual checks will reveal the cause of the drainage problems, the exact location, and whether iron ochre is present. Testing may also be necessary to determine how well it’s functioning.
Caring for the BasementGutter™ with Annual Maintenance
Self-help solutions like snaking your drainage system may appeal to you as it seems cheaper and easy to perform. However, if you had a contractor like Ohio Basement Systems installed an interior drainage system like BasementGutter™, you need to remember that this is a delicate system. One wrong move or turn can ruin it and its warranty. We’d rather you contact your local basement contractor to carry out an inspection.
Your professionally installed interior drains can remain clear for many months or years. But you still need to keep checking them for debris, silt, and dirt as these materials can cause blockages. If you don’t have the time or skills to inspect and repair the system, register for annual basement maintenance. Qualified technicians will deal with your basement problems to your satisfaction.
Get in touch with Ohio Basement Systems for a free basement waterproofing inspection and repair quote. Our experts will determine the root cause of the problem and take steps to fix the issue so water won’t hurt your basement.