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Posts from February 2018

Can you spot the professional?

Posted on February 20, 2018

going around water heater

When installing French drains, and you have a water heater in the way, the customer could remove it temporarily or we can go around it. Here are two examples of going around the heater. On the left is one way of doing it. On the right, is how Arid goes around the water heater, nice and neat. We leave the 1" gap around it so that if water seeps in behind the water heater, it'll trickle into our gap without spilling into the rest of the basement. In addition, if the water heater ever leaks, that too, will drain into our gap and prevent a flood in your basement.

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.