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Drainage Systems and Repair

WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing Piping System

A good sump pump is the key to removing water from a basement, but a sump pump is only as good as the drainage system that directs water to it. That's why it is crucial to have an effective, non-clogging piping system. The WaterGuard System is specially engineered to drain water and prevent clogging from soils under the basement floor.

WaterGuard is designed to rest on top of the basement footing, which keeps it away from dirt and mud that can clog other drainage systems. Installing WaterGuard in this location allows water to be collected from the basement and drained directly into the sump well. Special wall flanges help WaterGuard catch any water seepage from walls without the need for an unsightly gap at the wall-floor joint that can collect dirt and debris from the floor.

WaterGuard is the perfect solution to keep water out of finished and unfinished basements. When combined with other basement waterproofing technologies, such as a sump pump, WaterGuard is the right choice to permanently keep your basement dry.

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Waterguard basement solution

Traditional PVC Drainage

Not all basements require the WaterGuard system. PVC pipe drainage systems are installed underneath the basement floor, as close to the basement wall as possible, with a gap running along the edge of the wall. This gap remains open, collecting water that runs off the floor or walls. The pipes are tilted downward towards the sump pit to direct the water using gravity. The sump pump can then pump the water out of the pit. In new construction, a trench along the entire interior wall will be made before pouring the concrete floor. Depending on building codes, the trench may be placed on top of the footer that extends inside the basement or it might be placed on the inside of the footer. This system of drainage using a trench and piping is often referred to as a "French drain." The French drain system includes perforated 4" PVC drain tile.

Contact us today to learn about your basement drainage options, including the state-of-the-art WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing Piping System and other basement waterproofing technologies. 


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What our clients say about ABS:

First, we'd like to thank everyone from ABS involved in correcting the water filtration problem into our basement that really started to become an issue earlier this winter. Having somewhat of a construction background, we knew the job would be dirty, dusty, and very labor intensive. We're pleasantly surprised by ABS's dust control methods (water cooling and vacuum) during the waterproofing process. By the time ABS had finished the work, cleaned up, and left we had only minor dusting and vacuuming.

We found the ABS work crews to be very efficient, courteous, knowledgeable, hard working, and thorough in performing their work.

Tim also is very thorough and knowledgable in the waterproofing process and patient while going over all details. He was the only vendor we talked to who seemed to really understand the handling of the iron ochre filtration problem which apparently caused the majority of our issues. Thankfully, ABS was able to get in and out before the spring thaw, and installed the new drain system which has worked beautifully.

We're also glad we listened and had the basement walls finished. All the work, including the finishing touches, has dramatically changed the appearance of our basement for the better. It is definitely brighter and more comfortable down there. Even the back-up sump pump system had a successful debut this past weekend when we lost power for a few hours.

Thanks again for all your help.


Bill and Sharon W. | Hilton, NY


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