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The WaterGuard® is a common-sense solution for iron bacteria and iron ochre problems.

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® 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!

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.

Our experts proudly serve the Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri area, including Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, surrounding areas such as Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Kearney, Grand Island, Fremont, North Platte, Norfolk, and nearby towns in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.  

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