The WaterGuard(R): IOS Iron Ochre Perimeter Drain System

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Thrasher


WaterGuard install for wet basement

Here at Thrasher Foundation Repair, we offer quality basement waterproofing products like sump pumps and innovative french drain systems for your home. We also offer a full line of foundation repair products - making us a one-stop-shop to fix your wet basement or basement wall crack. Often when a homeowner needs to hire a contractor, they don't look forward to it. We believe we can change the perception of what a homeowner should expect from a contractor and that remarkable experiences should be the standard.

With over 45 years of experience, Thrasher is the true industry expert when it comes to repairing flooded basements. Our installations come backed with a written and transferrable warranty for complete peace of mind. Our goal is to provide you with a worry-free solution to your basement waterproofing issues. Basement foundation repair is a problem that can be solved quickly (and effectively), provided that you know what you're up against. Basement flooding repair is a problem that can be solved promptly and effectively, provided that you know what you're up against. Because there are various causes for a flooded basement, there are also a variety of solutions. The best solution for you is going to be the one that's reliable, durable and properly installed by basement flooding repair professionals.

The average cost of cleaning up a flooded basement can reach into the thousands, with much of that expense coming from remediating the adverse health effects of mold and standing water, damage to appliances and electronics and replacement of your home's structural elements drywall and framing.

The easiest way to identify the cause of your wet basement is to bring in a trusted and knowledgeable waterproofing contractor like Thrasher Foundation Repair. Once the problem's source is found and the proper basement flooding repair solution is installed, flooded basement cleanup will be a thing of the past.

What It Does

In some rare cases, a home with a high level of iron or manganese in the soil and/or groundwater will allow the growth of a microorganism known as iron bacteria. As this bacteria thrives in groundwater, it creates a thick, gelatinous substance known as iron ochre. While this is not known to be a health hazard, it can quickly clog a French drain system. It also emits a foul odor and leaves rust-colored stains on everything it contacts.

Our WaterGuard(R) IOS (Iron Ochre System) Perimeter Drain Channel is ideal for managing this difficult problem. The wide-open design of the drain helps it resist clogs, while a removable lid allows for easy access and maintenance.

Advantages To Our System

  • A Wider, More Open Design
  • Large, Clog-Resistant Channel
  • A Removable Lid For Easy Maintenance
  • A Wall Flange To Collect Wall Leaks
  • Typically Installs In 1-2 Days

What Is Iron Ochre & Iron Bacteria?

Iron bacteria is a microorganism that lives by oxidizing minerals dissolved in water - especially ferrous iron and sometimes manganese as well. As it does so, it creates a thick slime or ooze that's usually reddish-brown in coloration.

This ooze will stain anything it contacts. It has a swampy, musty smell, and it makes drinking water taste terrible. These stains can also show up in laundry if the line contains iron-tainted water.

Clogged Pipes and Perimeter Drains

Iron bacteria attaches itself to the inside of pipes, forming layers of iron ochre as it goes.

Eventually, these layers result in the complete blockage of pipes -- and can even lead to deteriorating pipes, as iron bacteria uses the iron from the pipes as a food source. The sludge is not easily flushed out - it must be manually scooped out.

We Waterproof Basements With Iron Bacteria and Iron Ochre Problems

No matter how challenging your basement problem is, Thrasher has the solution you're looking for! Our iron ochre perimeter drain system is customized to handle any kind of iron bacteria issues that may arise - and is the ONLY cleanable, flushable iron ochre system of its kind! Here at Thrasher Foundation Repair, we offer quality basement waterproofing products like sump pumps and innovative french drain systems for your home. We also offer a full line of foundation repair products - making us a one-stop-shop to fix your wet basement or basement wall crack.

To schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection to solve this or any other wet basement problem, contact us today! We'll send a specialist to your home to inspect and measure the space, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a customized cost quote.

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