Wall Drainage Solutions For Different Foundation Types

Water seeping through the concrete of a block wall

Each foundation type has its own unique challenges.

Here, we see a concrete block wall -- the cavities of each concrete block have filled with water, which is leaking through into the home.

Basements leak from many different locations -- and for many different reasons. Because of this, there is no "one size fits all" solution to waterproofing your home.

One challenge that every waterproofer faces is how to create a basement waterproofing solution for your specific foundation wall type.

What materials were used to construct the walls of your basement -- such as concrete, stone, concrete blocks, bricks, or even wood -- all factor in to what options are best for your home.

Waterproofing With Basement Systems

At Basement Systems, our dealers have access to more than 30 award-winning products that are designed to transform your wet basement into dry, usable space.

Each of our foundation waterproofing installations includes a written, transferable warranty, ensuring you peace of mind and a drier, healthier space.

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Customized Foundation Wall Drainage Options

At Basement Systems, we customize the approach we take to waterproofing your foundation based on what type of foundation walls are present.

Below are just a few techniques we used to waterproof the more common basement wall types:

A poured concrete basement wall

Poured Concrete Walls

This is the most common wall type, designed from poured concrete and concrete forms.

Challenges With This Wall Type:

Poured concrete walls are often not given enough time to properly cure during construction. Because of this, the temperature change, combined with the sudden weight of soul outside of the foundation, can lead to leaking cracks in the walls.

Our Solution:

A perimeter drain system can be combined with our FlexiSpan™ Wall Crack Repair System. The FlexiSpan will seal the crack and drain any possible excess water to the perimeter drain system.


Concrete block walls of a home foundation

Concrete Block Walls

These walls are made with concrete blocks. While most popular between 1940 and 1975, they are still used today.

Challenges With This Wall Type:

Concrete block walls can fill with water over time, which collects in the open cavities of each block. Soon, moisture and water will seep through the concrete blocks, entering the basement.

Our Solution:

We install a drainage system along the perimeter of the basement wall with a flange that extends upwards by 3/8". Small holes are created in the concrete blocks, draining water collected within the blocks into the drainage system.


Illustration of a monolithic foundation

Monolithic Foundations

The concrete slab floor and footing are made in one piece, and the foundation walls are built on top.

Challenges With This Wall Type:

A normal perimeter drain, that requires jackhammering of the floor, is no longer practical. Installing a below-floor drain requires much more labor and the installation creates a lot of dust.

Our Solution:

Instead, we install an above-floor system such as our DryTrak basement drain, which requires no jackhammering to be installed. This is a plastic baseboard drain that is epoxied to the surface of the floor to channel water to the sump pump system.


Stone and grout making a foundation wall

Stone/Brick Foundation Walls

Grout is used between each stone or brick to hold the walls together.

Challenges With This Wall Type:

Each individual grout line is a failure risk. As gaps form in the grout or pieces of the wall break down, water can flood into the basement through multiple places.

Our Solution:

A perimeter drain system is installed with a 3/8" wall flange extending up the wall. Stiff or pliable sheets (depending on how straight the walls are) are installed on the wall surface and tucked into the drain flange, directing leaking water to the drain.

We Can Waterproof Your Foundation!

Our basement waterproofing experts have worked in tens of thousands of basements throughout North America and the United Kingdom, and we've seen it all! Whatever unique challenges your basement presents, we have a warranted waterproofing solution for you.

To schedule a free, no-obligation foundation waterproofing quote, contact us by phone or e-mail today! Each free quote includes a professional, on-site inspection, where we measure your basement and answer any questions you might have.

We'll also create a cost quote on a customized waterproofing system for your home, and send along a complimentary, full-color copy of our basement waterproofing book!