French Drain Systems for NYC Basements

We don't use generic piping to waterproof your basement. Instead we used patented products we engineered specifically to fix wet basement problems. 

At Quality 1st Basement Systems of New York City we have an interior drainage system we install along the perimeter of your basement. Once installed the drain system catches any entering water and drains it safely to a sump pump. From there the water is pumped out and away from your home. 

The great news is that we can install this patented & warranted system in only 1-2 days. You don't need to wait long to have a permanently protected dry basement. Get your 

We install interior french drain systems all throughout New York City including: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan & the Bronx. 

The WaterGuard® Drainage System

Illustration of an exterior French drain system installed around the perimeter of a home

The most popular basement drainage system we use is WaterGuard® is the system designed specifically for most basement waterproofing applications.

Unlike old-fashioned drain tile systems that are installed outside under the earth along the basement floor our system is installed inside along the perimeter of the basement. 

WaterGuard® Specifications

  • Includes wall flange with 3/8" opening to collect water from walls -- There's no gap on the basement floor to let humidity into the space or to collect debris.
  • Able to waterproof concrete block foundation walls -- Weep holes are drilled at the bottom of the blocks to drain the hollow cavities.
  • Will not clog with mud -- The system sits on top of the footing, away from the "mud zone" underneath your floor. Water is collected without the risk of clogs that would halt your system.



DryTrak® Monolithic Floor Drain

Illustration of our perimeter drainage system installed in a basement

For homes that have a monolithic foundation we use a baseboard drainage system called DryTrak®. DryTrak is installed above the floor along the perimeter of the basement.

Since monolithic foundations are poured as a solid piece they are a huge pain to jackhammer. So we designed DryTrak to be installed without jackhammering. This method also works well for floors that can't be jackhammered like radiant heat. 

DryTrak® Specifications

  • Installs without jackhammering a drain channel -- Your monolithic floor (and your foundation footing) will not be damaged during installation.
  • Able to waterproof concrete block foundation walls -- As with WaterGuard®, weep holes are drilled at the bottom of the block to drain cavities.
  • Will not collect mud or debris -- As a sealed basement drain that is placed on top of your basement floor and against the wall, there is no opening for debris to collect in the system from the basement floor.

Other Drainage Systems

Along with our WaterGuard® and DryTrak® systems, we offer all of the following specialized drainage systems:

French drain for crawl space waterproofing SmartPipe™:
Crawl Space Drainage
grated French drain system for waterproofing entryways TrenchDrain™:
Grated Basement Drain
French drain with large openings to prevent clogging from iron ochre WaterGuard® IOS:
Iron Ochre System
wall flange designed to direct water to a French drain system FlowGuard®:
Thin Floor System

SmartPipe™

Perfect for the crawl space environment, this plastic piping system is designed to be installed in a drainage swale running along the perimeter.

Combined with a crawl space vapor barrier and sump pump, it will direct water underneath the plastic barrier to the sump pump, where the water is discharged from your home.

The SmartPipe™ system is the first custom-engineered crawl space drain on the market. With five perforated rows of drainage holes and a clog-resistant filter fabric, it's a cost-effective and long-lasting way to keep your space dry for the long haul.

crawl space drain system installed in Rosedale

Trench Drain

Many homeowners have concerns with water flowing in through exterior doorways, stairways, and garage door openings. A normal drainage system cannot address this problem.

For these situations, we recommend the TrenchDrain™ drain channel and grating system. This is specifically designed to intercept water at doorways and similar openings and direct it to your sump pump.

TrenchDrain™ resembles half of a piping system with a grate fitted snugly on top. The grate is flush with or slightly below the floor, where it can catch water entering from the outside.

grated basement drain system for the end of stair cases that leak

WaterGuard® IOS

In some rare cases, homeowners with high iron levels in their water will experience a thick, reddish-orange substance oozing through when the basement floods.

This material is called "iron ochre", and it comes from both bacterial origins and from chemical reactions in the soil. It can easily clog your drainage system and stain your concrete, as well as anything else it touches.

WaterGuard®: Iron Ochre System (IOS) is the answer for homeowners with iron ochre in their ground water. This drain is specifically designed with wide openings and a completely removable lid that will help your system avoid clogging and provide clear access for maintenance.

Our IOS system address iron ochre issues for basement drainage in places like Rosedale

FlowGuard®

Installing a drainage system along the footing is the way to go with most perimeter weeping tile systems. However, when basement floors are very thin, it may be impossible to "hide" a normal drain under the floor in this way.

For homeowners with very thin basement floors, we recommend FlowGuard®, along with a drain installed in front of the footing.

FlowGuard® will collect water from the wall/floor joint, as well as the basement walls. It then directs it to a drain that's placed in front of your foundation footer and underneath the floor. It's the best of both worlds for an unusual situation.

below foundation slab drain system for installing a French drain in Rosedale

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