Basement Waterproofing in IN, including Bloomington, Muncie & Indianapolis.
Basement Waterproofing

Exterior Drain Tile Systems in Indiana

Illustration of an exterior French drain system installed around the perimeter of a home

Cutaway of a French drain system installed on the outside of the concrete footing of a home foundation. A discharge line would also be included to send the water away from your home.

Shown in this photo is the French drain itself (filled with water), a fill of stone, and the backfilled soil.

One way of basement waterproofing that many contractors will suggest for waterproofing a basement is to install a french drain system along the outside perimeter of your home.

To install an exterior French drain, the contractor will take the following steps:

  1. First, the entire perimeter of your home must be cleared. Gardens, steps, porches, etc., must be removed before the work can begin.
  2. Next, the contractor will dig out the perimeter of your home. Excavated dirt will be heaped around the house.
  3. The drain will be laid in a bed of stone along the bottom. The stone, and possibly a layer of filter fabric, are there to protect the drain from clogging.
  4. The excavated soil will be "backfilled" on top of the system. In a year, this soil will settle, and the contractor will need to return to fill in more soil.

At Indiana Foundation Service, we do not recommend this type of drainage system installed in your home. Instead, we suggest installing an interior basement drain along the inside perimeter of your basement or crawl space. For a free waterproofing quote in the Indiana area, call or e-mail us today!

Getting Ready To Install an Exterior French Drain

A home before a french drain installation
You Will Need to Remove:
  • Trees
  • Shrubberies
  • Gardens
  • Porches
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • ..And More

You can expect the contractors to create huge heaps of excavated soil all around your home, creating a mess.

On top of that, the process is extremely expensive, costing $15,000 to $20,000 per installation.

The installation time is twice as long or more, than if you choose to have an interior system put in.

Failing French Drains in Indiana

clogged french drain found in Lebanon, Indiana

A clogged French drain system found installed around a home in Lebanon, IN.

French drain systems have been installed on the outside of homes since the 1920's, and if they were the best way to dry a basement, Indiana Foundation Service would be installing them, too.

Unfortunately, placing a French drain or exterior footing drain along the outside is a recipe for failure. When you put a drainage system several feet under the earth, even in a bed of gravel, it will eventually clog with dirt, roots, and debris.

Sometimes, a contractor will try to stop this by laying down a layer of filter fabric around the drain. In this case, instead of the drain clogging, the filter fabric does and won't let water into the pipe.

Other problems, such as freezing pipes and improperly sloped lines are also common. This type of exterior drainage commonly will not handle water that collects under your basement floor, in which case you'll still need a sump pump inside your basement.

Some contractors even connect the exterior drains to the sump pump inside. Now that's sure to clog! And what happens when your drainage system clogs? It will need to be excavated and you'll have to start over. Who wants to do that again?

At Indiana Foundation Service, we can help you find a permanent waterproofing solution for your home -- one that includes a written, transferable warranty! For a FREE waterproofing quote, call or e-mail us today!

We service the Indiana area, including Columbus, Greenwood, Richmond, West Lafayette, Crown Point, Marion, Goshen and nearby.

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Serving IN including the Greater Indianapolis area
Our Indiana Service Area
Cities in Adams County, IN
Berne
Geneva
Monroe

Cities in Bartholomew County, IN
Columbus
Elizabethtown
Grammer
Hartsville
Hope

Cities in Benton County, IN
Ambia
Boswell
Earl Park
Fowler
Otterbein
Oxford

Cities in Blackford County, IN
Hartford City
Montpelier

Cities in Boone County, IN
Jamestown
Lebanon
Thorntown
Whitestown
Zionsville

Cities in Brown County, IN
Nashville

Cities in Carroll County, IN
Bringhurst
Camden
Cutler
Delphi
Flora

Cities in Cass County, IN
Galveston
Walton

Cities in Clay County, IN
Bowling Green
Brazil
Carbon
Centerpoint
Clay City
Cory

Cities in Clinton County, IN
Colfax
Forest
Frankfort
Kirklin
Michigantown
Mulberry
Rossville

Cities in Decatur County, IN
Greensburg
Saint Paul
Westport

Cities in Delaware County, IN
Albany
Daleville
Eaton
Gaston
Muncie
Selma
Yorktown

Cities in Fayette County, IN
Connersville
Glenwood

Cities in Fountain County, IN
Attica
Covington
Hillsboro
Kingman
Veedersburg

Cities in Franklin County, IN
Brookville
Laurel
Metamora
Oldenburg

Cities in Grant County, IN
Fairmount
Gas City
Jonesboro
Marion
Swayzee
Upland
Van Buren

Cities in Greene County, IN
Bloomfield
Jasonville
Linton
Lyons
Newberry
Owensburg
Solsberry
Switz City
Worthington

Cities in Hamilton County, IN
Arcadia
Atlanta
Carmel
Cicero
Fishers
Indianapolis
Noblesville
Sheridan
Westfield

Cities in Hancock County, IN
Charlottesville
Fortville
Greenfield
Mc Cordsville
New Palestine
Wilkinson

Cities in Hendricks County, IN
Avon
Brownsburg
Clayton
Danville
Lizton
North Salem
Pittsboro
Plainfield
Stilesville

Cities in Henry County, IN
Knightstown
Lewisville
Middletown
Mooreland
New Castle
Shirley
Spiceland
Springport
Straughn

Cities in Howard County, IN
Greentown
Kokomo
Russiaville

Cities in Huntington County, IN
Warren

Cities in Jackson County, IN
Brownstown
Crothersville
Freetown
Medora
Norman
Seymour

Cities in Jay County, IN
Bryant
Dunkirk
Pennville
Portland
Redkey
Salamonia

Cities in Jennings County, IN
Butlerville
North Vernon
Paris Crossing
Scipio

Cities in Johnson County, IN
Bargersville
Edinburgh
Franklin
Greenwood
Needham
Nineveh
Trafalgar
Whiteland

Cities in Lawrence County, IN
Bedford
Heltonville
Mitchell
Oolitic
Springville
Williams

Cities in Madison County, IN
Alexandria
Anderson
Elwood
Frankton
Ingalls
Lapel
Markleville
Pendleton
Summitville

Cities in Marion County, IN
Beech Grove
Indianapolis
Speedway

Cities in Miami County, IN
Amboy
Bunker Hill
Converse

Cities in Monroe County, IN
Bloomington
Ellettsville
Unionville

Cities in Montgomery County, IN
Crawfordsville
Darlington
Ladoga
Linden
New Richmond
New Ross
Waveland
Waynetown
Wingate

Cities in Morgan County, IN
Camby
Martinsville
Monrovia
Mooresville
Morgantown
Paragon

Cities in Owen County, IN
Coal City
Freedom
Gosport
Poland
Quincy
Spencer

Cities in Parke County, IN
Bloomingdale
Bridgeton
Marshall
Montezuma
Rockville
Rosedale

Cities in Putnam County, IN
Bainbridge
Cloverdale
Coatesville
Fillmore
Greencastle
Reelsville
Roachdale
Russellville

Cities in Randolph County, IN
Farmland
Losantville
Lynn
Modoc
Parker City
Ridgeville
Saratoga
Union City
Winchester

Cities in Ripley County, IN
Batesville
Cross Plains
Holton
Milan
Osgood
Sunman
Versailles

Cities in Rush County, IN
Arlington
Carthage
Falmouth
Manilla
Milroy
Rushville

Cities in Shelby County, IN
Boggstown
Fairland
Flat Rock
Fountaintown
Morristown
Shelbyville
Waldron

Cities in Sullivan County, IN
Carlisle
Dugger
Fairbanks
Farmersburg
Merom
Shelburn
Sullivan

Cities in Tippecanoe County, IN
Battle Ground
Clarks Hill
Lafayette
Romney
West Lafayette
Westpoint

Cities in Tipton County, IN
Kempton
Sharpsville
Tipton
Windfall

Cities in Union County, IN
Brownsville
Liberty

Cities in Vermillion County, IN
Cayuga
Clinton
Dana
Hillsdale
Perrysville

Cities in Vigo County, IN
Lewis
Pimento
Terre Haute
West Terre Haute

Cities in Wabash County, IN
La Fontaine
Somerset

Cities in Warren County, IN
Pine Village
West Lebanon
Williamsport

Cities in Wayne County, IN
Cambridge City
Centerville
Economy
Fountain City
Greens Fork
Hagerstown
Milton
Richmond
Webster
Williamsburg

Cities in Wells County, IN
Keystone
Liberty Center
Poneto

Cities in White County, IN
Brookston
Chalmers

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