Things you should know before choosing a waterproofing expert
Are your downspouts extended? Rule number one when executing a proper downspout extension. Making sure the exit line is left completely open. This ensures all trash and debris are guaranteed to exit the pipe and prevents any future clogging. Pop-ups and lawn scape outlets are never recommended on any downspout extension.
Most waterproofers like to cut corners using this flimsy cheap flex pipe. This corrugated pipe is easily crushed and tends to hold trash and debris. Don’t sell yourself short and be sure that any piping used is a solid smooth core piping. This prevents any clogs and lets water travel more easily.
When installing an interior crawl space system some waterproofers prefer using 4 inch insulated piping also known as “EZ Flow.” The piping is stuffed with peanuts which are made of Styrofoam. Installers use this method trying to avoid using gravel for installation or by cutting their gravel use in half when installing a crawlspace system. Why do we recommend not using this product? Because Styrofoam floats! What is supposed to happen is water is filtered through the peanuts to prevent silt or mud from clogging the pipe, but in heavy down pours, water fills and over floods the trench making the pipe float, pushing the pipe out of the trench completely. Leaving your system destroyed and mangled. Also leaving and inviting mud and silt into the pump and potentially damaging and clogging your pump. The proper way to install a crawl space system is using filter fabric, slotted corrugated piping and then weight the piping down with gravel. Use this tip to prevent future headache.