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FRENCH DRAINS & PERIMETER PRESSURE
RELIEF SYSTEMS

Do I Need One?

If your basement accumulates water in more than one location, or if your basement floor is frequently wet or even damp, you may need a more comprehensive solution than something like a simple standalone sump pump can provide.

With Real Dry, one of the actual owners will come to your home or business and examine your basement and foundation in detail in order to recommend the best solution for you. And if they find evidence of water infiltration from multiple sources – or water in more than one location – it may be time to consider the installation of a comprehensive pressure relief system. We provide solutions throughout Massachusetts, including western Mass., Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod, as well as northern Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Basement wall damaged by water infiltration

Unseen Pressure

Ground water can be a big problem for a basement. If it accumulates and fails to drain away from the foundation, it can exert enormous pressure on the fundamental structure of your home. Wall cracks, leaking or bowing walls, crumbling cement or concrete – these and other problems can be avoided by having Real Dry install a pressure relief system in your basement along the perimeter of your foundation.

We carefully excavate a precise trench just inside your basement walls while simultaneously examining the condition of the footings beneath your foundation. After confirming the integrity of the underlying structure, we install a carefully selected mix of triple washed, 3/4 inch stone to create a drainage bed that swiftly and efficiently eliminates any water from your basement. This system, in concert with the professionally-installed drainage piping that accompanies it, utilizes the most powerful and efficient force in the known universe – gravity – to instantly alleviate all of the pressure being exerted on the foundation of your home.

Reliable, Time-Tested Solutions

Take a look at one approach to solving the problem of a wet, leaky basement with multiple water issues. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version, or click on the first one to view them all in sequence.

This series of French Drain photos illustrates just one of several methods we utilize to make sure your basement not only gets dry, but more importantly – stays dry. At Real Dry we even take care not to affect the everyday use of your basement when we construct the final solution for your water problem, since we can usually hide most of the plumbing and discharge piping when we install it so that any future plans for your basement are unaffected.

PREPARING THE FOUNDATION

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Depending on the extent of waterproofing protection required, a trench is dug either in the affected area or around the majority of the basement perimeter. Careful work and attention to detail ensures that the integrity of the foundation footings is maintained. The trench is then cleared of debris.

PERFORATED PIPING IS ADDED TO THE TRENCH

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Once the trench has been prepped and cleared of all obstacles, triple-wall ADS perforated piping of appropriate size (usually 3" or 4") is added to the entire run of the prepared trench, which will carry any accumulated water to the drainage sump for removal from the structure.

DRAIN STONE IS INSTALLED

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After the ADS piping has been installed and properly graded in the direction of the sump pump, drain stone (usually 3/4 inch) is added over the top of the piping. This stone protects the piping from damage and also provides added strength and filtering properties.

MIRROR DRAIN IS USED TO CONTROL SEEPAGE

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Depending on the specific conditions, mirror drain (also called "curtain drain") can be used in order to keep residual water seepage channeled into the drain system. This material sits against the base of the foundation wall and channels seeping water into the drainage system proper.

CEMENT IS APPLIED ON TOP OF THE STONE

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Application of quick-set, high-strength concrete is added over the drain stone. Unlike some of our competitors, Real Dry always uses concrete of the correct thickness & strength in order to prevent cracking and integrity failure due to weight and other factors.

DRAINAGE VIA PIPING AT THE SUMP PUMP & BASIN

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The system is completely sealed with the concrete application. The sump pump & sump basin are situated at the optimal location within the basement in order to provide for water discharge to the exterior of the structure.
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The system and process illustrated above is just one example of a French drain (or "perimeter pressure relief") installation. Certain elements shown may or may not be necessary in your particular home or business environment. Real Dry Waterproofing can modify any installation to meet your particular water and drainage requirements.

We’ve been serving MA, northern CT, RI, and southern NH with pride for four decades. So get in touch with us. Call us at 1-855-DRY-TODAY or use our Contact Form on almost any page and one of the two Real Owners of Real Dry will come out to sit down and talk with you. In person. One on one. Straight answers to direct questions.

That's the way we've always done it. For 40 years!

Serving Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, Rhode Island & southern New Hampshire

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