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Water damage is something every homeowner wants to avoid. With a grated drain pipe, you will be one step closer to a dry and safe home.

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Issues that originate in your basement in most cases won’t remain in this area. Instead, they will spread throughout your home, making it uncomfortable and unsanitary for you and your family. This is why waterproofing your basement is essential. With an interior grated drain pipe system, you can preserve a dry basement while bypassing the expense and damage to your landscaping that is caused by an exterior drainage system. 

AquaGrate™ Drainage Pipe

The problem with drain pipes is that they can get clogged easily. Fixing a blocked drain can be expensive, as well as time-consuming. To avoid this mess, choose an anti-clog design, so you won’t have to worry about clogs.

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we recommend our AquaGrate™ Drainage Pipe to homeowners who wish to keep their basement dry. This pipe can be installed at the bottom of a basement stairway so that surface water doesn’t enter your basement. Also, if you have a garage you want to keep dry, you can install it in the doorway. With this pipe, water that is threatening to enter your home can be caught on time and directed away from your property. 

Interior French Drain System 

Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we use only high-quality products that have proven themselves as durable and reliable solutions. Over the years we have seen that our interior drain system is the best solution for all kinds of homes since this versatile system can be adapted to all types of houses and basements. Here are just some of the reasons why we recommend our interior French drain system. 

Anti-Clog Design 

Clogs are dangerous because they can cause water to back up and return to where it came from. They can easily lead to flooding incidents, which will cause significant damage. At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we use an interior drainage design that makes the pipes resistant to blockages. With our AquaStop® Basement Waterproofing System and our AquaGrate™ Drainage Pipe, you can relax knowing that your basement is protected against water damage. 

Durable Construction 

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we only provide homeowners with durable systems that are designed to stand the test of time. Our French drain pipes are made from high-quality plastic so they can be safely and easily concealed with basement finishing. 

Subtle Installation 

One of the reasons why homeowners put off installing a new drainage system is the disruptive nature of this project. No one wants to have contractors in their home for days, or even weeks while their yard gets destroyed. Luckily, with our interior drains, there is no need to worry about any of this. Installation is quick, and at the end of the day, you will have interior drains that are barely visible since they will be placed into your floors. They are flush with the surface, so they won’t become a tripping hazard. Furthermore, they don’t affect the aesthetic of your basement in any way, which makes this system convenient for finished basements as well. 

While an interior drain network can run along the perimeter of your basement, grated interior drains can be installed along stairways, and doorways to stop surface water from entering your home. 

Trench Drains and Interior Drains 

A lot of homeowners believe that trench drains and interior drains are one and the same. However, this is not the case. At a first glance, they may appear similar, but they have several important differences.  

To create a trench drain system, contractors will create a trench in the foundation and top it off with a grate that is exposed to the air. In this case, the floor needs to be slightly sloped so that gravity pulls water into the drain. Trench drains can be often found in garages and workshops where they protect the space against water intrusion. While they fit right into this kind of surroundings, they are not a good choice for living spaces, such as a finished basement. 

Unlike a trench drain, a grated interior drain pipe doesn’t require any modifications to function properly. Instead, it can be installed in basements that cannot be altered very much. If you are constantly battling with standing water in your basement and annoying leaking, consider installing interior drains. There are so many factors that can harm your basement, from wandering tree roots to heavy storms and snowmelt. A grated interior drain will ensure that your home stays dry at all times. 

Another upside of this drain is that it only requires a mild excavation by an expert to be installed. There is no need to dig up large parts of your basement or stairway to put these drains in place. Since they are not invasive, they won’t affect the aesthetic appeal of your space in any way. 

Issues with Subterranean Drains 

As a homeowner, you probably do not wish to see your waterproofing system on a daily basis, which is why installing subterranean drains might seem like a better solution. However, in order to make the best decision for your home, you need to have all the facts. These drains are installed under the concrete, which means they are hardly accessible once they are in place. They are also not made of durable materials, so after a while, you will need to replace a part of the system or even the whole thing. Moreover, they tend to clog a lot, so you will end up calling a professional to clean them more times than you would expect. 

With an interior drain system, frequent maintenance costs are out of the picture, so this system will pay for itself in time. It features a no-clog design and is made of high-quality, durable materials that will stand the test of time. This system can be easily installed into your floor without many alterations to your space. Since it is level with your floor, you won’t damage it easily. You also won’t have to worry about tripping over it, damaging it with furniture dollies, or having a hard time rolling a wheelchair over it. It will fit perfectly into your living space and you will hardly notice it. 

When it comes to water damage, a grated drain is the first line of defense. Without it, water will enter your basement or spread throughout your home, damaging everything in its way. However, when you have this drain installed between entryways, stairways, and other critical points, this scary scenario can be easily averted. In this case, all the water will slide through the grating and run down the pipe where it will enter the drainage system. Thereby, potentially harmful flood water will be directed away from your home. In the worst case, instead of dealing with a flooded home, you will only have flooding in a contained area. 

Install a Superior Basement Waterproofing System 

Keeping the basement safe from any kind of water damage is important for every homeowner. This goes without saying if you live in a humid area where frequent rains and damp climates are taking their toll on your home. With all that excess moisture, you should invest in solutions that will drain the water away from your property before it gets a chance to cause any harm. 

A grated interior drain pipe will easily catch all water seeping in and direct it into your drainage system. Our AquaGrate™ Drainage Pipe is made from strong material and is the ultimate solution for basement waterproofing. Foundation Systems of Michigan experts provide services throughout the entire Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula in Michigan, as well as in Northern Ohio and Toledo, so call us today and schedule a free inspection.  

Grated/French Drain Pipe


Sometimes, installing a sump pump along with grated pipes is not necessary. However, if you live in an area that is prone to heavy rainfalls, investing in a sump pump system is recommended. Foundation Systems of Michigan experts recommend cast-iron Pro Series Sump Pump systems. Here are several reasons why you should consider getting a sump pump as well. 

Ensuring Minimum Humidity Levels 

If your drainage system relies on gravity to get the water moving through the pipes, you won’t always be able to deal with water in your home. As a result, you might end up with increased humidity levels that will in return cause mold and wood rot growth. With a sump pump water, you can be at ease knowing that your basement will always remain dry. 

With a sump pump, a float switch will activate the pump as soon as the water in the pit reaches a certain level. The pump will send the water into the discharge line and direct it away from your property. This way the water that is accumulating below your foundation won’t manage to damage it in any way. 

Dealing with Frequent Rainfall 

Homes in Michigan have seen their fair share of rainy days. If large volumes of rainwater suddenly run toward your home, all that water won’t be able to enter the grated drain at the same time. As a result, some of it can end up in your basement. Luckily, with a sump pump, you can easily solve this problem and fix it before humidity levels begin to rise. 

On the other hand, if you have a leaky basement, water will come in through the walls and the floor. In this case, a sump pump is a great addition to your home. While problems such as cracks and other types of damage to the structure of your home can be fixed, seepage is a completely different thing. Since concrete is a porous material, this type of problem will occur over and over again. However, with a sump pump, it will no longer cause you stress. 

If you are constantly dealing with water damage despite having a drainage system, you should consider installing a new waterproofing solution. There are various drain systems on the market and some of them are low-quality ones with a limited life span. If your old drain system is malfunctioning, here’s what may be happening. 

Aging Drains 

If you have recurring humidity problems, your drains are not doing their job. This is not at all surprising, since there are a lot of things that can go south when it comes to these fixtures. They can become clogged, corroded, or damaged. If your basement flooring has suffered damage, your drains have probably been damaged as well. If the pipes have cracked, they are letting water escape into your home or the ground around it. 

Also, it is possible that your basement wasn’t leaking so much back when the drains were installed. If the leakage has become worse and there are large amounts of water that need to be drained, your old drains might not have the capacity to deal with all that water. Updating your drain system can help you maintain a dry basement and avoid moisture-related issues. 

Poor Design 

Some drains need to be placed on a sloping floor to catch water. In case they have been installed in a basement with a flat floor, you will have a problem. Luckily, with a new interior drain system, there is no need to hire contractors to completely alter the flooring of your house. 

Unlike your old system, this new one will collect water the moment it spills in your home, thereby helping you avoid any water damage. Contacting your local contractor and including them in the process of choosing and installing your new drains can save you a lot of trouble. 

Many homeowners believe that they can fix almost anything around their home and that hiring a professional is a sign of weakness. However, when it comes to drain installation, it is always far better to step aside and let experts handle things. Installing new drains requires a lot of skills and special tools. Furthermore, if you decide to handle the installation process on your own, many things may not go as planned. 

Tricky Installation 

More often than not, DIY drain installation ends up in disaster. This project involves heavy machinery, professional tools, and excavation equipment. A non-professional can easily get hurt. In addition, one wrong move and you could cause serious damage to your home. 

Moreover, if you decide to handle things on your own, you may not place your new drains properly or secure them as recommended. In the end, you will end up with inefficient drains that present a tripping hazard and do more harm than good. You will also be forced to contact a professional who will charge you more for repairing the damage you’ve done than they would for a standard drain installation. 


Investing in low-quality drains and installing them yourself will quickly backfire. Eventually, they will malfunction and you will find yourself dealing with water damage. At this point, you will have no other solution than to call a professional and have them install new drains properly. 

Hiring an expert from the start can save you a lot of trouble. They will be able to assess your home, determine which waterproofing solutions will suit it, and recommend a high-quality, durable product. In addition, they can install your new drains properly and make sure everything is in perfect order. With a professional by your side, you will be at ease knowing that your home is protected against water damage. 

Why Does Basement Waterproofing Matter? 

Maybe having standing water in a basement you rarely use doesn’t seem like a big problem. However, keep in mind that this water is more than a minor nuisance. It can trigger mold growth as well as rot. While inhaling mold spores is a health hazard that can cause respiratory problems, wood rot can weaken your structural beams and compromise your home’s stability. Furthermore, water can attract unwanted pests that can wreak havoc all over your home. 

Therefore, waterproofing your basement not only protects this area of your home but your entire house. While you might be worried that installing a waterproofing system might disrupt your comfort and daily routines, not resolving basement leaks can put the stability of your home at risk. 

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