DryTrak Basement Water Control System
Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Thrasher
Get the best in basement water control systems with DryTrak, the proven method for preventing basement water problems and more.
There are many options in basement waterproofing and flood protection. DryTrak is a method that has been around for many years, and while it serves a niche application, it still has its place. At one time, DryTrak and other baseboard systems were considered a new technology. They allow for basement water to be controlled without removing the basement floor. While this is a nice advantage, new products like our WaterGuard system eventually became the gold standard.
While DryTrak doesn't get installed as commonly as it once did, it is still the best option for monolithic foundations. Monolithic foundations are those that are built with a footing and basement floor that are poured at the same time. In basic terms, it is a floor with a thickened edge to serve as the footing for the foundation walls. When a foundation is built this way it makes it much more difficult to dig a trench to bury a typical interior footing drain. The water also tends to come in through the floor wall joint more easily as the joint is exposed at the bottom of the wall. In the Midwest, in states like Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, monolithic foundations are almost always coupled with a concrete block foundation wall.
The nature of a concrete block, sometimes referred to as CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit), allows water to penetrate through pores and reach a hollow area inside. Once inside it drains down through the hollows of all blocks until it reaches the bottom. In the case of a monolithic foundation the bottom is the basement floor. At that point, there is only a small amount of mortar and the other side of the pourous block keeping the water from entering the basement. Of course, in a perfect world the concrete block walls would be waterproofed appropriately on the outside when they are built. This is done in some cases, but not in others. Even when it is done, it often wears out over time or cracks as it ages.
The DryTrak Basement Water Control System combines superior materials and practical design to remove seepage from the troublesome floor-wall joint and direct it to a sump pump or drain. The removal of this water lowers the water table around your foundation, thus relieving hydrostatic pressure. The DryTrak system is very effective on block, brick, and stone foundations, and is safe to use on monolithic foundations where other systems will not work.
The patented DryTrak system will keep your basement clean and dry so you can use the space for storage, recreational purposes, or to finish for additional living space. If the basement is already finished, the bottom portion of drywall or paneling will have to be removed to allow for the installation of the system. In most cases it is a good idea to remove the bottom several feet of finished wall since it has been wet already. Most building materials will absorb water and wick it up causing damage. This is also a great place for mold to grow.
Once the DryTrak system is installed, the finishing can be replaced covering up the system altogether.
RELIABLE AND PERMANENT
The DryTrak system has been installed in thousands of basements across the United States and Canada. There is not digging or damage to landscaping, sidewalks, porches, decks, or lawns outside. DryTrak will never clog like sub-surface drains because it is not siting in the mud. The DryTrak system can be installed whether your basement is wet or dry.
Our technicians are trained to install this system according to manufacturer standards and we stand behind the system for a period of 25 years (See warranty for details).
If you have a problem with water in your basement or if you have questions regarding what type of foundation you have, call 800.827.0702 or click here to request a free estimate.