Arid Basement Waterproofing HAS BEEN Serving New Jersey and New York Since 1963

A pitched system makes a difference!

Posted on February 7, 2018

Here are two French drain systems that are commonly installed nowadays. On the left, Polyethylene pipe (PE) enters the pit, rather shallow, inches from the top of the floor. This tells you the pipe is not pitched. It is level throughout the perimeter of the basement if it enters the sump (the lowest part of the French drain) only inches from the floor level. On the right, PVC pipe enters the pit much lower and has a downward slant to it indicating the PVC pipe was pitched as it made its way around the basement to the sump. Arid Basement Waterproofing installs their systems like the one on the right, using PVC pipe and pitching the pipe to the sump.

Interview with ICA about wet basements

Posted on March 8, 2016

Here's an interview with Inspection Certification Associates.


The Two Main Differences Between Basement Waterproofing Companies in the NJ/NY area.

Posted on August 1, 2014

A French drain is a French drain, right? Pipe, gravel, and a sump pump. If it was that simple, homeowners would have it easy. But when you look at the details, there are differences that are significant especially when you want to waterproof your basement ONCE and not have to do it again. After 25 years of driving around New Jersey and New York, going into people's basements, and knowing my competition, I've learned a lot about French drains and how they are installed. I'll attempt to break down the two main differences for you and explain it as simply as possible.

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Window Wells

Posted on April 23, 2014

A common water problem is when rainwater fills up into window wells due to poor grading and comes through the window sill and down the wall. Sometimes, it can even come through the cinder blocks right below the casement window.  The most common reason for this is poor grading around the window well. Usually when this is the case, the top of the window well (cement, galvanized steel, bricks) is even with the dirt, grass, garden bed, mulch, etc., and the surface water hits the ground and trickles down into the window well. It fills up like a pool and finds its way into your basement through the window sill, cinder blocks or mortar joints.

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To Pitch or Not to Pitch

Posted on March 19, 2013

One of the features of an Arid Basement Waterproofing French drain system that separates us from our competition is that we pitch the PVC pipe and trench to the sump. Most companies do NOT pitch the pipe and only go to a uniform depth of about 6 to 8 inches. These companies, in their literature, will state something regarding the footing (e.g., to the footing, alongside the footing). The reason for creating a downward slope to the pit is so the water is gravity-fed down to the sump and pumped out. In addition, that flowing water constantly cleans out the pipe because water doesn't sit in a tilted pipe. Creating a pitched trench clearly takes more labor, removing and replacing material, and know-how, including how to navigate the pitch around sewer pipes, boulders, etc. Some customers ask why there are companies out there who don't pitch the pipe. It's because it's simpler: less dirt is removed so less gravel is needed. But potentially system-blocking sedimentation can occur when water sits in a flat, non-pitched pipe.

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