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Footing Drains

Moisture leaks into the basement of a structure can mean potential damage to the building. If excess water is threatening your home, place of business, or other building, you may need a footing drainage system. To protect your property, a footing drain can remove excess water from around the structure to another safer location.

Our landscape drainage experts of Daybreaker Landscapes can evaluate the patterns of excess water around your home and buildings and identify the solutions for proper drainage. We will design the system to prevent foundation leaks and water from entering the building. Also called a foundation or perimeter drain, a footing drain could save your structure from certain problems and possible structural damage.

What is a Footing Drain?

A footing drain is an exterior drainage system placed just outside the foundation wall of a building, near its footing. A footing drain contains pipe that diverts excess water to an area away from the building. A landscape drainage professional can ensure that that area can take excess water and is permitted by local codes.

How to Identify Foundation Drainage Problems

A foundation leak can cause serious health problems for you and your family. If you don’t address the cause of a wet foundation, you will only have the moisture problems recur in the future. Problems also include shifting foundations, which can cause serious structural damage.

Identifying leaks isn’t always easy. A professional drainage expert will be able to determine whether your foundation has drainage problems. Here are some symptoms of a foundation leak:

  • Buckling floors – Moisture causes wood to buckle and warp, so look out for wooden flooring that is buckling in your basement.
  • Cracks in the walls – Especially around the top, bottom or corner, and cracks in a concrete floor can indicate foundation movement. Cracks along the wide face of the wall, or doors or windows, may indicate excess stress on the walls from water pressure.
  • Broken pipes – If they are located within the walls of your structure, they can also indicate a shifting structure.
  • Sticking doors – Wood swells with moisture in the air, which could indicate a leak, as well as a shifting foundation, both possibly due to excess moisture.
  • Mold and mildew – Perhaps the most dangerous symptom of a foundation leak, mold and mildew found in the home can cause health problems. Some mold is visible and can smell dank.
  • Mineral deposits – A dull gray or white crust on your basement walls is usually a sign of remaining mineral deposits from water seeping inside your masonry.
  • Paint peeling – If the paint is falling off of your walls, chances are there is moisture building up to cause the paint to stop adhering.
  • Dead or dying plants – Plants also require good drainage and suffer when they don’t receive it. If the plants close to your foundation have become sick and water-logged, then your foundation may be water-logged as well.

If you think you have identified a moisture problem in your basement or the foundation of your building, contact a landscape drainage professional before you spend thousands of dollars to waterproof your basement only to face recurring moisture problems.

Our team of Lake in the Hills foundation drainage experts can identify a foundation leak in your home and find the source of the excess water. Call us today for an immediate evaluation.

Clogged Footing Drains

You may have moisture in your basement or some other chronic leakage problems around your foundation and are looking into installing a footing drain, but there may already be a foundation drain that no longer works. Even if it were correctly installed when the building was constructed, the drainage system may be clogged, covered up and no longer be working.

Fine soil particles can enter the pipes and clog the system over time and flooding can cause mud to rush into the exit area to clog the end of the drainage system. Drain pipes can also break or cave in, causing a blockage in the flow of water. A clogged drainage system could cause water to back up into the foundation of your building and cause severe damage.

The Daybreaker Landscapes drainage professionals will examine the area for existing pipes that may be impacted with mud or other debris. We can also identify other problems in the system that needs correction, before simply installing new ones. We will find and unclog any footing drains from the beginning to the termination point. We can also reroute existing drains to better flow areas, or add sections to the system.

Our landscape drainage team will install your footing drains with the best pitch, flow, and backfill to prevent any future clogging. Our professional methods are the best and we pride ourselves on long-lasting sustainable solutions to your water drainage problems.

Elements of a Proper Footing Drain

Proper installation is crucial to keeping your structures safe from moisture problems now and in the future. An experienced professional will understand all of the nuances involved in determining the correct system for your needs and install it properly. There are several key elements necessary to determine the most effective footing drainage system:

  • Route – The top of the footing drain, should be below the top of the basement or crawl space slab. The drain should continue from the low corner of the building to where it reaches daylight or appropriate drainage area. The roof drains should not be connected to the footing drain because the added volume of water could overload the system and lead to foundation leaks.
  • Pitch – Footing drains should have a pitch of at least 4 inches for every 100 feet of length in order to let gravity carry the water away. Installing a sump pump may also be necessary if an adequate pitch cannot be achieved.
  • Pipes – Perforated 4-inch PVC or flexible ABS are the least costly and most commonly used foundation drainage conduits. The holes of the pipes are placed face-down into the gravel bed of the drain.
  • Covering – Depending on your drainage needs, the drain installer will cover the drain with gravel, tiles or grates. Pipes may be covered in synthetic fabrics or geotextiles, before adding gravel over them, to prevent silt from entering the perforations. Installers may also place building felt on top of the drainage bed to prevent soil or gravel from clogging the pipes.
  • Backfill – The footing drains are buried with gravel under and above the pipes or tiles. The gravel helps to conduct water away from the foundation and into the drain. The drain can be backfilled at least two-thirds of the way to the top of the grade level, which also provides stability to the building foundation.
  • Caps – The top foot or so of backfill over the footing drains near the structure, could be made of low-permeance clay, that will prevent surface water, from gutters and such, from spilling into the foundation. Plantings could go on top of the clay caps.
  • Exit – It is necessary to make sure that the end opens into an area that can handle the excess water flow. The drain may exit into a catch basin, dry well, storm drain or sewer, or other appropriate space.

Every case is unique and there are many factors to consider when determining the proper footing drainage installation and must be thoroughly analyzed by a landscape drainage professional. Properly considering all of these factors, as well as these important elements of any installation can be complex. Our Lake in the Hills landscape drainage experts are skilled at calculating all of these factors and will take you through the process until your property is safe and properly drained of dangerous excess water around your structures.

How the Daybreaker Landscapes Footing Drainage System Experts Can Help You

Our team of landscape drainage experts have a deep understanding of the water drainage issues in our area. We can determine exactly what is causing your specific drainage problems and find the most economical and sustainable way to solve them.

Daybreaker Landscapes will work with you to implement the most creative solutions to maximize your and your guests’ enjoyment of your property and outdoor spaces. We care about the health of your family and the quality of your living spaces and. Our team is committed to doing the job correctly protecting your home and property for years to come. We are dedicated to the prevention of serious flooding issues for our community members.

Our team solves drainage issues all over the greater McHenry County area. In addition to new and existing homes, we assist owners of commercial buildings, homeowner associations, and retirement communities. Our skilled professionals will install a footing drainage system that will relieve the standing water around your building as well as the stress of worrying about your property.

Do you need help with a leaking foundation or moist basement that is affecting your property in Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Barrington and surrounding area? Contact us today for a free estimate on your drainage solution.