Drainage channels and connectors play a vital role in basement waterproofing systems. They’re designed to collect and channel water away from the structure, reducing the risk of water damage. The system typically consists of drainage channels installed along the perimeter of the basement, which are connected to a sump pump or other drainage outlet.
Water Guard Channel (upstand)
Floor Drain Channel (no upstand)
Waterguard Jetting Eye 50mm
Waterguard Outlet 50mm
WG Jetting Eyes FLEXI
Here are some key points about drainage channels and connectors for basement systems:
These are typically installed around the perimeter of the basement, beneath the floor slab or alongside the footing. The channels capture any water that enters the basement and channels it to a designated collection point, such as a sump pump. Drainage channels can be preformed plastic or be created from gravel and pipe. The design often includes perforations to allow water in, and a filter fabric to prevent soil from clogging the system.
Connectors are used to join sections of the drainage channel together to form a continuous pathway for water. They are typically designed to fit perfectly with the channels, creating a seamless, leak-proof connection. They can include corner pieces, T-joints, and end caps.
The installation of drainage channels and connectors requires a level of expertise to ensure that the system operates effectively. This process generally involves excavating around the perimeter of the basement, laying the drainage channels, and connecting them using the connectors. The system is then connected to a sump pump or another drainage outlet.
Drainage channels and connectors should require minimal maintenance once they are installed. However, it’s important to check the system periodically to ensure it’s not clogged with dirt or debris and is still effectively channelling water away from the structure. The sump pump should also be regularly checked and maintained to ensure it’s functioning correctly.
A well-designed and installed drainage system can significantly reduce the risk of water damage to a basement. By channelling water away from the structure, it can prevent the buildup of hydrostatic pressure and help to keep the basement dry.
However, a drainage system is just one component of a comprehensive basement waterproofing strategy. Other components may include internal and external waterproofing membranes, sump pump stations, depending on the specific circumstances of the building and local climate conditions. Consult with PPS when designing a basement waterproofing system to ensure it’s suitable for your specific needs.