Interior Or Exterior Drain Tile: Which Option Is Best For You?

by Claude Walters

Waterproofing your basement is a must if you don't want to get stuck with expensive water damage repair bills down the road. It doesn't matter if you live in a floodplain or not; with enough rain water, flash flooding can happen at any time. And unless you have a flood insurance policy, your homeowners insurance probably doesn't cover this type of water damage either. Interior and exterior drain tiles are two popular methods of waterproofing a basement. Read on to learn more about each option and determine which choice is best suited to your needs.

Interior Drain Tiles

As the name suggests, an interior drain tile system is installed inside the home—usually along the perimeter of a basement. Essentially, this type of waterproofing system works by draining water around the perimeter of the home's foundation in addition to draining from beneath the floor. Many homeowners enjoy this option because it tends to be the most affordable means of completely waterproofing a basement.

On the other hand, interior drain tiles may require the removal of flooring or carpeting to install. Furthermore, without the addition of an exterior water sealant, brick or stone home foundations may not be completely protected.

Exterior Drain Tiles

This type of basement waterproofing system is installed along the home's perimeter on the outside. With such a system, lateral water pressure against a home's foundation can be easily relieved before water is able to permeate the foundation. Homeowners enjoy this option because it doesn't involve the removal of flooring or any other disruptions inside the home. Furthermore, since full excavation of the area is needed to install exterior drain tiles, this also makes for an ideal time to have an exterior waterproofing agent applied to the home's foundation for additional peace of mind.

Still, homeowners should be aware that the installation of an exterior drain tile system is dependent on dry, clear weather conditions. Furthermore, since the area around the home needs to be excavated, homeowners may also need to have landscaping removed in order to have the waterproofing done. Contact a group like Rite-Way Waterproofing for more information.

As you can see, both interior and exterior drain tile systems come with their inherent pros and cons. It's important for you to assess your needs and budget as a homeowner so that you can ultimately device which waterproofing option is best for your home. From there, you can schedule the drain tile installation and enjoy added peace of mind when it rains.