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If excess water is making your yard soggy or flooding your basement or crawl space, you may need to install a drainage system to help avoid further damage. Often rain and groundwater accumulate in your yard and cause soil erosion and water damage to your home. This damage can be quite serious if left untreated. A-1 Basement Solutions is here to install a drainage system for your property and keep you home dry and protected. We are the premiere drainage experts in New Jersey. We’ve installed countless drainage systems for your neighbors and are capable of solving even the most complex water issues. Contact us today for a free consultation!

When you call us, one of our drainage experts will come to your property and assess the situation. We’ll take into account the slope of your yard, the type of soil you have, and how close your home is to potential sources of water accumulation. With this information, we’ll be able to develop a customized plan to protect your home from water damage.

We’ll install a series of pipes and drains that will divert water away from your home and into a safe, controlled area. These pipes will be placed underground so they won’t impact the aesthetic of your yard. In some cases, we may also recommend installing a sump pump to remove water that has already accumulated.

A-1 Basement Solutions is the best choice for drainage system installation in New Jersey. We have the experience and expertise to solve even the most complex water issues. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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French Drain Installation

Flat yards with no slope are at a disadvantage as the movement of water through the earth is minimal and heavy rainfalls cause pooling, even up to flooding levels. The movement of sub-surface water can be increased by intercepting and diverting its flow through a drainage system embedded in narrow trenches, sometimes called a French drain.

A French Drain is a process where we cut an individual slot with a trencher and use a fabric covered rigid drain tile vertically or horizontally to intercept water and divert it to a more desirable location. Many golf courses and farmers use french drains and sub-surface drainage to facilitate water away or to greens, fairways and farms. We install many French Drains to drain standing water in your yard. French drains are a time proven system for diverting excess water.

The earliest forms of French Drains were simple ditches, pitched from a high area to a lower one and filled with gravel. Today, specialized drain tiles are designed with perforations or holes to admit water. To prevent clogging gravel is placed around the perimeter of the perforated drain pipe to give water a path to the drain tile as well as filter soil particles. A French drain can be covered over with sod after installation, making them less conspicuous.

French drains are very effective and often referred to as… blind drain, rubble drain, rock drain, drain tile, perimeter drain or land drain. Trench is covered with gravel or rock that redirects surface and groundwater away from an area. When installed correctly and applied to correct situations they can handle vast quantities of water for many years. Trench covered with gravel or rock that redirects surface and groundwater away from an area.


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Grading & Drain Diversions

The right soil grade can prevent basement leaks before they start by directing the water flow away from or around the house. The first rule to grading is that the soil should always slope away from your home. It sounds like common sense but foundations are often set too deep in the ground during construction causing marshy ground, wet basements or flooded slabs.

Many building code officials respond to this problem by requiring that the top of the foundations or slabs sit at least six inches above the highest point of the soil at any location around the house. Also the ground must fall away from the foundation at least six inches within the first 10 feet around the perimeter of the house. Remember, this is just the minimum requirement. When it comes to residential grading – the more slope the better. If you have grade problems for an existing house, we can help. We can take a look at the overall lot grading and the layout and where surface water may enter from adjacent properties, and offer you a solution.

Mold Testing & Outside Drains - Watchung, NJ

I had a great experience with A-1. They consulted on a home before I purchased it then once I purchased they were able to do the work immediately. The work included mold remediation and installing french drains so that now I have peace of mind that my home is safe. Doug was very helpful, ...

Maureen J - Watchung, NJ 07069

Outside Drainage - Summit, NJ 

A-1 Basements Solutions should be everyone's go-to basement waterproofing company. Highly knowledgeable and efficient! Along with an exceptional level of professionalism, one could hope to expect. 

Edward D - Summit, NJ 07901 


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