Basement Waterproofing in NJ & PA, including Sparta, Hopatcong & Easton.

Exterior Drain Tile Systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Illustration of an exterior French drain system installed around the perimeter of a home

Cutaway of a French drain system installed on the outside of the concrete footing of a home foundation. A discharge line would also be included to send the water away from your home.

Shown in this photo are the French drain itself (filled with water), a fill of stone, and the backfilled soil.

One way of basement waterproofing that many contractors will suggest for waterproofing a basement is to install a french drain system along the outside perimeter of your home.

To install an exterior French drain, the contractor will take the following steps:

  1. First, the entire perimeter of your home must be cleared. Gardens, steps, porches, etc., must be removed before the work can begin.
  2. Next, the contractor will dig out the perimeter of your home. Excavated dirt will be heaped around the house.
  3. The drain will be laid in a bed of stone along the bottom. The stone, and possibly a layer of filter fabric, are there to protect the drain from clogging.
  4. The excavated soil will be "backfilled" on top of the system. In a year, this soil will settle, and the contractor will need to return to fill in more soil.

At Century Masonry and Waterproofing, we do not recommend this type of drainage system installed in your home. Instead, we suggest installing an interior basement drain along the inside perimeter of your basement or crawl space. For a free waterproofing quote in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, call or e-mail us today!

Getting Ready To Install an Exterior French Drain

A home before a french drain installation
You Will Need to Remove:
  • Trees
  • Shrubberies
  • Gardens
  • Porches
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • ..And More

You can expect the contractors to create huge heaps of excavated soil all around your home, creating a mess.

On top of that, the process is extremely expensive, costing $15,000 to $20,000 per installation.

The installation time is twice as long or more than if you choose to have an interior system put in.

Failing French Drains in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

clogged french drain found in Westfall, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

A clogged French drain systems found installed around a home in Westfall, NJ & PA.

French drain systems have been installed on the outside of homes since the 1920s, and if they were the best way to dry a basement, Century Masonry and Waterproofing would be installing them, too.

Unfortunately, placing a French drain or exterior footing drain along the outside is a recipe for failure. When you put a drainage system several feet under the earth, even in a bed of gravel, it will eventually clog with dirt, roots, and debris.

Sometimes, a contractor will try to stop this by laying down a layer of filter fabric around the drain. In this case, instead of the drain clogging, the filter fabric does and won't let water into the pipe. Other problems such as freezing pipes and improperly sloped lines are also common. This type of exterior drainage commonly will not handle water that collects under your basement floor, in which case you'll still need a sump pump inside your basement. Some contractors even connect the exterior drains to the sump pump inside. Now that's sure to clog!

What happens when your drainage system clogs? It will need to be excavated and you'll have to start over. Who wants to do that again?

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Serving NJ & PA including the Greater Easton area
Our New Jersey and Pennsylvania Service Area
Cities in Hunterdon County, NJ
Asbury
Bloomsbury
Califon
Glen Gardner
Hampton
High Bridge

Cities in Morris County, NJ
Budd Lake
Dover
Flanders
Hibernia
Kenvil
Lake Hopatcong
Landing
Ledgewood
Long Valley
Mine Hill
Mount Arlington
Netcong
Picatinny Arsenal
Succasunna
Wharton

Cities in Passaic County, NJ
Hewitt
Newfoundland
Oak Ridge
West Milford

Cities in Sussex County, NJ
Andover
Augusta
Branchville
Franklin
Glasser
Glenwood
Greendell
Hamburg
Highland Lakes
Hopatcong
Lafayette
Layton
Mc Afee
Middleville
Montague
Newton
Ogdensburg
Sparta
Stanhope
Stillwater
Stockholm
Sussex
Swartswood
Tranquility
Vernon
Wallpack Center

Cities in Warren County, NJ
Belvidere
Blairstown
Columbia
Delaware
Great Meadows
Hackettstown
Hope
Johnsonburg
Oxford
Phillipsburg
Port Murray
Stewartsville
Washington

Cities in Monroe County, PA
Analomink
Bartonsville
Buck Hill Falls
Canadensis
Cresco
Delaware Water Gap
East Stroudsburg
Henryville
Marshalls Creek
Minisink Hills
Mount Pocono
Mountainhome
Pocono Lake Preserve
Pocono Manor
Pocono Summit
Reeders
Scotrun
Shawnee On Delaware
Skytop
Stroudsburg
Swiftwater
Tannersville

Cities in Northampton County, PA
Bangor
Martins Creek
Mount Bethel
Portland

Cities in Pike County, PA
Bushkill
Dingmans Ferry
Matamoras
Milford
Tamiment

Our Locations:

Century Masonry and Waterproofing
78 Sherman Ridge Road
Sussex, NJ 07461
1-973-679-8312
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