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A Subtle, Below-Floor Drain System That Includes A Lifetime Written Warranty!

A Subtle, Below-Floor Drain System That Includes A Lifetime Written Warranty!

A basement drain system installed in a Midland home

What It Does:

Our custom designed AquaStop® Drainage System rests in a bed of drainage stone on top of the foundation footing, and will not clog from soil or roots.

By installing the drain on top of the footing, it's kept out of the "mud zone," the point where clogged drains are common. The unique shape and large drain openings of AquaStop® also aid in preventing clogs in the system.

AquaStop® is our highly-recommended, and most widely used drainage system. The anti-clog design, easy-to-access clean out ports and built-in wall flange stops the ability from water leaking from the floor or basement walls.

Features and Benefits:

  • Installed On The Footing Out Of The "Mud Zone"
  • Unique, Anti-Clog Design
  • Collects Water and Moisture from Walls
  • Includes Lifetime Warranty


Our AquaStop® Drainage System is quickly installed around the perimeter of the basement and requires minimal disturbance to the basement slab — all removed concrete is restored during the installation.

Our French drain systems are a key part of a complete basement waterproofing system, and help to provide a permanent solution for flooding so you can enjoy a clean, dry and healthy basement.

Collecting Water From Wall Cracks

closeup of our basement drain's wall flange.

Our AquaStop® Drainage System is designed with a built-in wall flange, which extends up your basement wall by 3/8".

Any water leaking from the walls will move downward and behind this flange, where it is then directed into the AquaStop® System.

Basement walls can flood from many points -- from the cove joint, wall cracks, pipes, or wire penetrations.

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we have many products that can collect this water from the walls and redirect it to your below-floor drain.

Water collected by these systems is then drained down to your AquaStop® System and directed to your sump system.

Fixing Leaking Concrete Block Walls

If you have block walls, water can build up in the empty cavity of each block. Eventually, this water seeps through and enters your home.

The key to solving this problem is to give the water a way to drain out of the cavities. To accomplish this, we drill "weep holes" in each block, which drain the block of water as it fills.

This water is released behind the wall flange of the AquaStop® System, which directs this water into your below-floor drain.

Why Not Use PVC Pipe For Your Below-Floor Drain?

Typical below-floor drain systems use PVC pipe sections and make for a difficult installation. These wide sections of pipe are too large to rest on the footing, so extra floor will need to be removed to install it in front of the footing instead. That means extra work for you!

Because they sit in front of the footing, they will have to sit in the "mud zone" -- which makes them highly vulnerable to clogging with mud. And because they don't come with a wall flange, a 1/2" gap will be left along the edges -- which is notorious for clogging with debris from the floor.

Install Our Below-Floor Drain System In Your Home!

Our AquaStop® System is backed by a lifetime transferable written warranty and is a proven way to permanently dry your basement.

For more information, contact us today for a free basement waterproofing quote! We'll stop by your home to provide an on-site inspection and measurement of your basement. Our visit includes a free, on-site consultation where we answer any questions you may have, as well as a customized cost quote for all work you'd like to have done.

Our Michigan service area includes Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Traverse City, Midland, nearby Flint, Waterford, Bloomfield Hills, Taylor, Petoskey, Troy, Sterling Heights, and the surrounding area. Don't wait to transform your basement into dry, usable space! Contact us by phone or e-mail today to get started!


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Please Note: You must be the Homeowner to receive our Free Estimate. Prospective buyers, renters, and non-homeowners will be charged a $250. fee for the written quote. This fee is payable upon setting the appointment, but will be credited to the final job cost if the work is completed by Foundation Systems of Michigan.

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