How Grated Drain Pipes Work
Basements hold important water lines, which is why they need to stay protected. If any of these pipes were to become clogged, it could lead to flooding in your basement and other basement problem signs. Installing a grated drain pipe prevents debris from building up in your pipe system, and Basement Authority of West Virginia has the tools and experience to get one installed at your home.
- First, our team determines where problems are occurring in your basement and if flooding has occurred. Once determined, our team will dig out a trench along the perimeter of your basement walls. This is where the grated drain pipe will be placed to move water away.
- Next, our team installs the grated drain pipe. The trench allows the drain pipe to be completely level with the floor, which means it won’t be a tripping hazard or look out of place.
- Lastly, any water that enters your basement drains into the grated pipes. Due to their design, any debris found in the water is left behind and doesn’t enter your main pipeline. This prevents a clog from occurring in both the grated drain pipe and your main plumbing system.
Why Our Grated Drain Pipe Stands Out
- Submersible Design: Since the grated drain pipe system is inserted into a trench around basement walls, it stays out of the way and becomes a focal point for draining water.
- Easy Maintenance: Due to its grated design, it keeps debris out. Other drain pipes often become clogged over time, but ours doesn’t. In case of an emergency, the grated lid is easily removable.
- Compatible With Other Systems: Our grated drain pipe works in tandem with our other basement waterproofing solutions such as sump pumps and French drains to provide maximum protection against moisture in your basement.
Signs You Need a Grated Drain Pipe
Basement cracks are a problem for many homeowners, especially in areas that experience above average rainfall like much of West Virginia. When precipitation drains below the soil, it causes hydrostatic pressure to rise and push against your basement walls. This causes the walls to bow and crack. Water from the soil has an opportunity to leak inside your basement in this case and can begin to pool below your home. Grated drain pipes quickly capture this water and prevent problems.
Since basements usually contain parts of your plumbing, any leaks in this system will cause a flood below your home. Without proper drainage systems, the water continues to grow and may damage the walls and floors of your basement. Additionally, standing water in your basement causes humidity levels to rise which could lead to mold growth or efflorescence. No one wants to deal with these issues on top of water damage. Grated rain pipes prevent this scenario from happening in the first place.
As mentioned, flooding in your basement could contribute to mold growth as humidity levels rise and water damages structures. When mold grows in your basement, it has the potential to spread into your home and cause health issues such as exasperated allergies or full-on respiratory issues. Moreover, mold can cause musty odors, making your home rather uncomfortable. Grated drain pipes remove a major source that mold needs to grow – water. Without it, humidity levels cannot rise as easily, and mold is unable to thrive.
No, grated drain pipes require expert measurements and training to be installed properly. Since a trench needs to be dug along the perimeter of your basement walls, care needs to be taken as to not damage the walls or floor. Plus, digging too deep during a DIY project could end up letting even more water in your basement. It’s best to let a professional foundation company handle this essential work for you.
While West Virginia does experience freezing winters, it won’t affect your grated drain pipe. If water seeps into your basement during the winter, it’s coming from melted snow. You can feel confident knowing that this water is quickly moved out and away from your basement by the drain pipes before it has another chance to freeze.
Yes. Not only do they prevent water from damaging your basement and home, but they also keep your utility bills low. If water is allowed to pool in your basement, it causes humidity levels to rise. This translates into your home as the warm air rises through the floor and spreads throughout your living space. This forces your HVAC system to work harder to maintain the temperature. Drainage systems keep water out of your basement, which in turn keeps humidity levels lower in your home.
Call Us for a Free Inspection
At Basement Authority of West Virginia, we know the value of a healthy basement. Whether you use it for storage, extra living space, or as a laundry room, our grated drain pipe helps keep your basement dry. Contact us today to learn more about our other basement waterproofing solutions. One of our specialists will inspect your home for free and determine the best course of action based on your needs. Since 2003, our team has helped homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas keep their basements protected. We’re here to do the same for you!