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Basement Drain

All basement drains are not alike, and some work much better than others. Innovative Basement Authority would like to share with you some of the features of the best basement drains — and why our system is the one for you.


The best way to keep your basement dry all the time is to install a drainage system on the inside perimeter of your basement.

An interior system can bypass the expense and damage to your yard that is caused by an exterior drainage system. Interior systems cost half as much, install in 1-2 days, and are installed with no need to excavate the outside of your home.

Basement drains come in many shapes and sizes, some which work better than others. Basement drains also have many names, including drain tile, weeping tile, French drain, interior footing drain, and other names.

If you’re interested in more information, Innovative Basement Authority is ready to help you. We offer free basement waterproofing quotes to homeowners throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Eastern Montana. Our service area includes Hopkins, Moorhead, Elk River, Stillwater, Maple Grove, Osseo, Bemidji, and many areas nearby.

What Works With Interior Basement Drain Systems

To install a basement drain inside your home, the contractor will run a drainage system across all leaking walls and ideally along the entire perimeter of the basement or crawl space.

Once the water is collected, it’s directed to a sump pump, which discharges the water out and away from the house.

All basement drains are not alike, and some work much better than others. The most reliable interior basement drainage systems depend on five factors:

  • A clog-resistant design
  • Can drain water leaking from the walls
  • Does not rely on filter fabric
  • Has a large outlet draining to a sump pump
  • Causes no structural damage to your home

Read on to learn more about some of the features of the best basement drains — and why our system is the one for you.

Drainage That Will Not Clog

Some drainage systems are installed with a 1″ gap at the edge of the floor. These gaps can collect dirt and debris from the floor, clogging your system.

Other drains sit completely underneath the basement floor in front of the footing, laying in the mud underneath your home. These drains can easily clog with mud, causing the system to fail.

Features of Our System:

  • Sits on top of the footing, out of the mud
  • A bed of stone keeps the system clean and provides a backer for the concrete
  • 3/8″ wall flange to accept wall seepage that will not clog with floor debris

Frozen Discharge Line Protection

Crew installing FreezeGuard piping

Drains and discharge lines resting outside of the home are liable to freeze during the cold winter months.

If your discharge line is frozen with ice, the water will have no exit, thus backing up into your basement or crawl space and burning out your pump. You will be flooded. To ensure that a basement does not flood from these freezing discharge lines, the water needs another way out of your home.

Features of Our System:

  • A special grated opening outside your home allows water to escape
  • No valves to turn – FreezeGuard® works automatically
  • No water escapes during normal pumping

Built-In Wall Drainage (No Open Gaps on the Floor)

Built in wall drainage in basement

Basement walls can leak in many ways, including through cracks, pipe penetrations, through windows, or simply by having water seep through the concrete.

The hollow cavities in block walls can fill with water, creating a never-ending stream of water vapor and humidity in the home.

Features of Our System:

  • A 3/8″ wall flange allows water to drain from the walls
  • Compatible with tucked-in wall vapor barriers
  • Neat and clean finished appearance

An Easily Accessible Port

Our BasementGutter® Ports are useful access ports to the system. They have a knockout hole so you can drain a dehumidifier hose into the top of the system. They are also useful when inspecting or flood testing the system.

Features of Our System:

  • Easy-access ports to the drainage system
  • Drain a dehumidifier that isn’t located near the sump pump

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