French Drain Installation In Northern NJ

French Drain Installation

No matter what they call it or how they install it, I promise you that most waterproofing solutions are a variation of this basic, proven technique that has been around since it was first described by Henry French (no he was not French, he was American!)  in 1859.   Modern materials and tools have allowed us to perfect this and create systems that move more water, and prevent the clogging that was common to the early systems.  (And is still common to some of our competitors… 😥 )

At Basement Waterproofing Solutions we implement a variation of the French Drain system which we call the BWS “Deep Channel Pressure Relief” System.   We believe the variation we have developed over the last three decades is both the most cost effective, and the most reliable system being put in place today.  It doesn’t relay on gimmicks, our solutions are instead informed by the thousands of basement water situations we’ve helped and learned from.  Experience.  It’s these proven results which have kept us in business for over 30 years with tens of thousands of satisfied customers.   

To understand the mechanics of a French drain system and installation refer to the  illustrations below.   While each installation may have some variation depending on what our experts determine after analyzing your home,  these are inevitably the primary steps involved.

Why BWS For French Drain Installation in NJ

It’s not that you can’t do it yourself, its just that it’s hard and messy, and the probability that you will make a mistake that keeps it from operating properly is great. At Basement Waterproofing Solutions we’ve installed over 50,000 of these systems over a 30 year period.  And because we are NOT a franchise, our prices are among the lowest in the industry and we’ll never sell you something you don’t need.

Look around but don’t be seduced by gimmicks like “EZ-flow” and the like.  A properly installed French Drain done by the BWS professionals will last your lifetime.


We hope to be on your short list for an estimate.  Call us today, we look forward to earning your business.

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Step By Step Installation

Step 1
Using a jack-hammer, the basement floor is opened adjacent to the wall. A trench is excavated. The width is determined by the width of the foundation footing. The depth is limited since it may not be lower than the bottom of the footing.
Step 2
Holes are drilled in the blocks below floor level to release water trapped in the hollow blocks.
(This step does not apply to poured concrete foundations.)
Step 3
Fully slotted polyethylene or PVC pipe is laid in place and covered with gravel.
Step 4
The floor is re-cemented to its original level with a one inch expansion
allowance left between the wall and the floor.
Step 5
To discharge the water, a submersible sump pump is installed in a covered polyethylene container.
Step 6
From the submersible pump, a discharge line is run up the wall.
Through a drilled hold in the wall, the discharge line is extended. 7.
Bentonite may be dry-poured through holds drilled approximately three feet apart on
exposed exterior portions of the sub-soil masonry. When Bentonite mixes ...

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