CT Basement Waterproofing – Which Waterproofing Systems are Wrong for Most Basements

After removing a faulty basement waterproofing system, American Dry Basement Systems’ owner, Peter O’Shea reclaims floor space once occupied by a sump pump system installed in the center of the room. Its replaced with a sump pump with more horsepower and inline with the rest of the newly installed french drain system.

Peter also compares two other waterproofing drainage systems to the one he uses to manage water. Learn why managing your water 10 to 12 inches below your slab floor is vitally important.

Here is the link to part 1: Removing a Faulty Waterproofing System

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Since 1997, American Dry Basement Systems is waterproofing basements, encapsulating crawl spaces, installing sump pumps and battery backup systems and repairing foundation cracks in basements throughout Connecticut & Southeastern New York. Our mission is a simple one. We ensure that every customer that installs our basement waterproofing system will be water-free for life.

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  1. Can some one purchase any of your mixing materials

  2. Are you against that type of system all together? I see you are states away from us, but we have that particular system scheduled to be installed in a few weeks for around $8k…… If the system really isn't working like we would of thought it would, is it worth spending that kind of money on something like that? We have a newer house built in 2000 and really just have minor weeping through the walls but would like to be able to finish it without worry about any issues.

  3. What is the dimpled material called that you placed at the wall/floor joint?

  4. Why slotted
    corrugated vs PVC pipe?

  5. I see you are using regular perforated pipe that you can get from home depot. Is there a reason why? Whereas competitors are offering newer systems that sit below the footing as well that is more of a track system.

    I know about the two systems that have failed (sitting on the footing or sitting away from the footing but at the same level) which thanks to your videos . I already throughout the brochure!!

  6. Like it

  7. Correction on the video starting at 3:54

    The Gratedrain sits level or below the footer. You pitch the drainage back to the sump. Minimum concrete would be around 3 1/2inches crack resistant. The access port has extensions that are used to make it sit level with the floor.
    Not to mention the system you put in is an open back system. 6:16 demonstrated with a garden hose.
    Moisture will enter the home creating smells over time because of the water that is flowing inside of the drainage track.


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