One of the most common wet basement solutions is French drain installation, a process StayDry Waterproofing has perfected for as long as we’ve been in business. We use the Hydroflo system, which we guarantee will protect your lower level from water for as long as you own your home.

StayDry® Keeps the French Drain Installation Clean

Sometimes we work with homeowners who are doing other things to the house besides basement waterproofing—replacing flooring, gutting bathrooms or whole levels, etc. Most of the time, these homeowners don’t really care about the mess, because their whole house is a construction zone.

Other times, however, we’re working in a house where everything is finished. Families are living there. In that case, StayDry takes extreme care with everything we do: before the work even begins, our installers take several measures to ensure that dust and trailing debris are kept to an absolute minimum. StayDry uses Zip-Wall Barriers to keep the dust and dirt controlled, and we cover and tape all furnace and air ducts. We also apply CarpetSaver, a non-skid protectant, to all floors we will be walking on. That way, we contain the mess-apart from the occasional noise and the friendly people going down to your basement, you might not even know we were there.

Our promise to you is to treat your home like our own-you can be sure that your residence will remain protected and clean from beginning to end.

What Is the French Drain Installation Process Like for Michigan Homeowners?

To begin the French drain installation process, StayDry removes the floor of the basement or crawl space away from the wall. Our crews then dig down and remove the soil next to the footing. Once the soil and concrete are removed, we line the trench with our soil-separating fabric and then place our 4-inch perforated triple wall drain tile inside that fabric. We then cover the drain tile system in a thick layer of double washed 6A stone.

The geo-textile fabric filters water flowing to the drain tile and minimizes soil particles passing through, greatly reducing any chance of the system clogging. Periodically throughout the drain system, we install our E-Z Clean-Out Systems, which are access points covered by caps that can be removed for regular maintenance. Through these E-Z Clean-Outs, the French drain system can be easily flushed of any soil particles, or iron algae, iron ocher, or iron bacteria buildup that could possibly occur.

The drain tile system is directed to a sealed sump crock basin to collect the water, which is then pumped out of the basement by a variable HP sump pump and discharged to a chosen location.

Don’t Forget Weep Holes and Drainage Mats for Michigan French Drain Installations!

For cinder block basement walls, our installers will drill weep holes in the core and base of each block. This allows any water trapped inside the cinder blocks to drain out and be directed into the French drain.

StayDry then lays down a product called PolyDrain, which sits on top of the 6A stone and bends at a 90 degree angle up the wall approximately 4-5 inches to cover and catch any water expelled by the weep holes. By extending PolyDrain up the wall, the need for a separate cove plate for protecting weep holes is eliminated, and any moisture that comes down the wall is channeled into the footer drain.

Lastly, It’s Time for Cement

Cement is then reapplied to cover the drain system below, returning your basement floor to it’s original, but now dry, condition.

Once the PolyDrain has been laid down, the French drain system is ready to be re-cemented. StayDry installers carefully re-pour freshly mixed concrete, finishing it to evenly meet the existing concrete floor. Your basement floor is returned to its original-but now waterproofed-condition.

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