French drain

French drains help in preventing damages to building foundations. A French drain works by redirecting groundwater or surface water away from an area.

If the system fails, expect flooding to occur. This happens when French drains become filled with debris. As a consequence, water will backflow or overflow from the pipes. The water will then go back to the house. This results to more problems including property damages.

Common problems include flooding of the basement and yard. These problems might not be obvious at first. But when rain comes, these become very visible. You might want to address the French drain problems right now if you don’t want to experience any hassle and possible damages to your basement and property.

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French drain solutions

If you think you are having French drain problems right now, you have two options. One is to do it all yourself. The other is by hiring drain service contractors. Let us discuss each one.

First is fixing the French drain problem by yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind. One is that it will take some manual labor. You need to do digging to remove the gravel, soil, and other things. You might also need to set aside a whole day to fix all the problems. Keep in mind that after the digging, you will still need to return all that soil and gravel you dug.

After some digging, it is time to clear out the clogs. One way is by drain snaking. You should be careful with the grip (for your safety) and the operation of the drain snake (to prevent damages to pipes). Experts often use mechanical drain snakes for the job.

As you can see, it will take some manual labor. Another thing is that there could be underlying problems in your French drain system. What you need is a complete solution that will prevent all future problems. This is the time when you need expert help.

If you don’t want to go all the trouble and you want to ensure best results, you can just hire drain service contractors. This is important especially when you are suspecting that there are worse problems in your French drain system. It could be the pipe has already collapsed and needs replacement. It is also probable that the clogs are pretty solid and very hard to dislodge.

You can also hire contractors to perform preventive maintenance. If you don’t want to experience any French drain problems, you might want to ask professionals to do a regular maintenance. Now’s the time for the maintenance if it’s more than a year already since the last maintenance or first installation.

Before hiring people to solve your French drain issues, first check the certification and if there’s a warranty provided. As a certified company with 15 years of experience, we perform all work under a warranty. We also understand the importance of 24/7 availability. Many drain problems just need immediate action. This is to prevent other problems which might drive more costs. We know that people want fast and reliable drain solutions.

Call us, and stay dry.


Basement Crack Sealing with Weeping Tile

Hello friends. Today I want to tell you about some of our recent work. We were sealing a crack in an old house with a basement made of blocks. In these cases, at first it is always necessary to identify the root of the problem, that is the spot where the water gets or might get into the basement.

At a first glance, a minor hole in the wall might not seem like a very big problem, but it can significantly worsen the condition of your life and your home should a critical situation arise. Following the discovery of a crack in the basement, we dig out a trench along the wall, then we clean the wall, allowing us to better see the crack itself. Sometimes, the crack may be stretching horizontally, so we extend the trench and dig up the basement foundation walls to change the weeping tile and fill it up from all sides with gravel.

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Afterwards, we check the status of the remaining weeping tile using a camera or a water test. If the camera shows the remaining tile in a good condition, we simply fill up the crack hydraulic cement, but sometimes, the blocks are empty inside, so we fill them with masonry cement so the walls of your home are as reliable and strong as possible.

After cementing, we close up the wall with an aqua block and a yellow jack. Yellow Jack is basically a yellow polyurethane mesh, which prevents new cracks to close up the place.

Important note: it is known that the volume of water is less than the volume of ice. When freezing, the volume of water turning into ice increases, which lead to the worsening of cracks. Therefore, it is critical that we don’t allow the entrance of water into the wall outside.

We always carry out the work of this type without moving your furniture and without disrupting the rhythm of your daily life inside the house and the basement. Our work is WSIB licensed and most outdoor work we produce by hand, resulting in minimal damage to your landscape. Hire AAADrain to reliably fix any drain or water damage.