Installing an Interior Basement Drain in Alberta

Dry a Wet Basement by Placing a Perimeter Drainage System Inside your Home

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

Basement drains come in many shapes and sizes, some which work better than others.

Basement drains also have many names, including drain tile, weeping tile, French drain, interior footing drain, and other names.

The best way to keep your basement dry all the time is to install a drainage system on the inside perimeter of your basement.

An interior system can bypass the expense, work, and damage to your yard that is caused by an exterior French drain system.

Interior systems cost half as much, install in 1-2 days, and are installed with no need to excavate the outside of your home.

How Interior Basement Drains Work

To install a basement drain inside your home, the contractor will run a basement drain across all flooding walls and, ideally along the entire perimeter of the basement or crawl space.

Once the water is collected, it's directed to a sump pump, which discharges the water out and away from the house.

What Works With Interior Basement Drain Systems

Different basement drains are not alike, and some work much better than others. Basement Systems Edmonton would like to share with you some of the features of the best basement drains -- and why their system is the one for you.

If you're interested in more information, Basement Systems Edmonton is ready to help you. We offer free basement waterproofing quotes to homeowners throughout Alberta. Our service area includes St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Grande Prairie, Spruce Grove, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Camrose, Lloydminster, Wetaskiwin, Fort Saskatchewan, Lacombe, Stony Plain, Nisku, Cold Lake, Hinton, Westlock, Bonnyville, and areas nearby.

A no-clog basement french drain system installed in Edmonton

Drainage That Will Not Clog

Some drainage systems are installed with a 1" gap along the floor. These gaps can collect dirt and debris from the floor, clogging your system.

Other drains sit completely underneath the basement floor, laying in the mud underneath your home. These drains can easily clog with mud, causing the system to fail.

Features of Our System:

  • Sits on top of the footer, above the mud
  • A bed of stone ensures that mud will not clog the drain
  • 3/8" wall flange will not clog with floor debris

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Discharge Lines That Do Not Freeze


Drains and discharge lines resting outside of the home are liable to freeze during the cold winter months.

If your discharge line is clogged with ice, the water will have no exit, thus backing up into your basement or crawlspace and burning out your pump. You will be flooded. To ensure that a basement does not flood, the water needs two ways out of your home.

Features of Our System:

  • A special grated opening outside your home allows water to escape
  • No valves to turn - IceGuard® works automatically

Basement Drainage System with Wall Flange

Built-In Wall Drainage (No Open Gaps on the Floor)


Basement walls can leak in many ways, including through cracks, pipe penetrations, through windows, or simply by having water seep through the concrete.

In the case of block walls, the open cavities of the blocks can fill with pooling water, creating a humidity issue in the home.

Features of Our System:

  • A 3/8" wall flange collects water from the walls
  • Compatible with tucked-in wall vapor barriers
  • Collects water from block halls through drilled "weep holes"

A drain tile access port for services and maintenance

An Easily Accessible Port

Basement Systems' WaterGuard® Ports are useful access ports to the system. They have a knockout hole so you can drain a dehumidifier hose into the system. They are also useful when inspecting the system.

Features of Our System:

  • Easy-access ports to the drainage system
  • Drain a dehumidifier that isn't located near the sump pump

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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Alliance
  • Amisk
  • Andrew
  • Ardmore
  • Bawlf
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  • Blackfoot
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  • Cold Lake
  • Daysland
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  • Forestburg
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  • Kelsey
  • Kinsella
  • Kirriemuir
  • Lamont
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  • Marwayne
  • Mclaughlin
  • Md Of Bonnyville
  • Metiskow
  • Monitor
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  • Paradise Valley
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Our Locations:

Basement Systems Edmonton
12034 Fort Road
Edmonton, AB T5B4H1
1-780-800-2948