Common causes of basement leaks & floods in Southern NY & Northern PA
What causes basements to leak?
Most of the time, it begins due to a failure of the exterior drainage systems, such as clogged drain pipe, for example. This leads to the accumulation of water in the ground surrounding the foundation. This oversaturated soil exerts enormous pressure against the foundation structure, causing water to seep through tiny cracks and gaps in the basement’s walls and floor.
Preventing the ground from becoming oversaturated is the only reliable way of preventing basement leaks. This requires installing an effective drainage system, along with a powerful sump pump to keep water away from your basement.
(the old-fashioned solution)
The French Drain is a line of clay or corrugated pipe installed around the exterior foundation walls, by the footing. It has been a common solution to groundwater control for over 100 years, but it is unfortunately prone to clogs due to silt, mud and debris building up inside the pipes. A clogged French Drain is bad news, as it facilitates water accumulation in the soil, eventually leading to leaks and flooding inside the basement. Fixing a clogged drain pipe requires digging out the foundation up to the footing.
Interior Perimeter Drainage Systems
NextGen Environmental offers a superior alternative to the old school French Drain, which we call our Healthy Basement Certification (HBC) groundwater control approach. Our drainage system is installed along the inner perimeter of your basement, making it significantly less vulnerable to clogs and keeping it accessible and serviceable throughout the years. We offer two types of drainage systems to address every area of your basement as a part of our Level 2 Healthy Basement Certificate.
No waterproofing system is complete withouth a powerful sump pump. Our FastSump sump pumps are extremely effective in pumping all the water collected in the GrateSump™ sump pit through our drainage system and safely discharging it far away from your foundation.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps
When you own a traditional sump pump, you’re reliant on your home’s electricity to keep it operating. That means that if power goes out due to a heavy storm, your sump pump won’t work when you need it the most.
Both are designed to protect your basement from water intrusion even when there’s no electricity available.
Grate Sump Plus
The Grate Sump Plus™ keeps your basement effectively protected during power outages, thanks to its reliable battery backup system. It kicks in automatically when there’s no electricity available and also recharges automatically when power is restored.
The battery powers one 4-amp pump for up to 8,000-10,000 gallons. This system can be configured with two batteries for up to 12,000-14,000 gallons output.
The system also comes with a low battery alarm and LED indicator to let you know in advance if more power is needed.
Grate Sump Plus II
Grate Sump Plus II™ is the ultimate protection for your basement, offering all the powerful features of the Grate Sump Plus, times two!
With its dual-pump system, it is able to handle any amount of water, maintaining operation even during prolonged power outages.
Like all of our products, the Grate Sump Plus II is also nationally backed by our Healthy Basement Certificate with a limited Transferable Lifetime Warranty!
iBasement Systems & Crawl Space Systems Certificates in Leaks & Flooding
The iBasement Systems and Crawl Space Systems Certificates were created using specific sets of criteria to provide a healthy indoor living environment. Air pollutants and excessive moisture levels in the basement or crawl space can negatively impact the odors in the home as well as cause health problems with those who live there year-round - including yourself!
We offer 6 levels of iBasement Certificate, and 5 levels Crawl Space Systems Certificate, each designed to solve specific problems and protect your home, family, and property value on the long run.