Today Stephen Burton and his team are in the basement of a home with a cast  in place foundation and a drainage problem. Listen to Stephen as he explains how cove plate waterproofing, river rock, and drainage plates work. And then hear his solution to the drainage problem.

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 In the beginning, I didn’t worry a whole lot about what was going on outside of the house and its foundations. And I didn’t think a lot about the long term. I went in and chased the problem we were hired to solve and fixed just that problem without looking any further. Along the way, I’ve learned better methods and now I do jobs differently.

I’m talking about myself here because I figure it’s easy to throw a rock at myself so other people will feel better about their mistakes and learn from them too.

The last time I came out here, I put a pop up at the end of the drain line. But we now know that pop ups don’t pop up very well. The top on the pop-up I installed blew off and now it gets clogged with leaves. This causes the drain line to back up.

 The Solution: Correcting Our Mistakes

So what have I learned? I’m in PVC, I’m not in ABS. So instead of being a pop-up, this needed to be a dry well. A dry well is simply a hole in the ground filled with rock. The pipe runs from the house to the hole, and forms a T. The pipe runs to the bottom of the dry well. So if the well fills, then it can spill into the yard through a drain-lid where it will soak into the ground away from the house.

This is an easy fix. And I think it’s important that we share what we know as we get better at what we do. Thanks for joining me!