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When to Install Drain Tile in Chicago

Drain tile, also known as a "french drain" is a drainage system that is installed to protect basements and home foundations from water damage. Drain tile is helpful for basements with any of the following issues:

  • The basement is built in an area with poorly draining soil

  • The basement is near a depression where water can collect

  • The basement is exposed to heavy rain or fast snowmelt

Drain tile can be installed on the inside of a basement as well as outside of a home's foundation. The system is often installed during construction but can also be installed after a basement is completed.

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase a Safeguard Interior Drain Tile System:

  1. Full lifetime transferable warranties

  2. A permanent solution to your water problems

  3. Installed by our own fully trained crew members

  4. Each system is customized to your home

  5. Join a growing list of over 70,000 satisfied customers who have chosen to use our 31 year old family owned business

Safeguard waterproofing is here yesterday, today & tomorrow for your peace of mind! Learn more about our Drain Tile services by calling (847) 603-4048 today!

Interior Drain Tile

Roofing truck

Our crews arrive in company trucks, and in uniforms.

Green pipe

A trench is dug and a rigid 4″ PVC Pipe is installed with a filter sock when required by code.

Cracked cement

The perimeter of the basement floor is opened up and removed.

Trench fill

The trench is filled with washed stone and the drainage fabric is installed.

Flood damage

Inspection ports are installed to allow for access to the system.

Floor closed with concrete

The floor is closed using concrete mix.

Main water pump

A crock, main pump, battery backup system, and high water alarm are installed.

Sealed pump connection

The crock is sealed and the pumps are connected.

Exterior Drain Tile

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When performing an exterior drain tile system any obstacles in the way need to be removed. Some examples are central ac units, decks, and any landscaping in the area around your foundation.

Backhoe diggingThe hole dug White fill

Safeguard will then dig down to the footing of the building exposing the foundation wall. Spoils will be placed on a protective material to help protect the surrounding area.

Pipe leading into houseWorker in red shirt examining house Concrete box

Once the walls are exposed they are professionally cleaned. Safeguard then applies HLM 5000, a modified urethane sealant, to the wall followed by Mirafi self-sealing membrane. Then Mari Drain backer board is placed over the membrane.

More white pipeBasement window Side of hole

Once the wall is completely sealed we install a 4″ rigid PVC drainage pipe with a filter sock. This is surrounded by washed stone and then covered with a landscaping fabric. In the photos below, a window well drain is installed.

Window wellSide of house panels View of house

The window well is reinstalled, removed earth is backfilled to grade and left mounded to allow for future settlement. All debris is removed from the job site and the project is complete, with a full warranty against seepage.

Make an appointment with Safeguard Waterproofing to learn more or start by calling (847) 603-4048 today!

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Pricing Factors

The cost of foundation repair varies greatly depending on the extent of the damage and the type of service needed. These factors can include the following:

  • Soil Conditions – The type of soil your home is built on can significantly impact the foundation repair cost.
  • Size of Your Home – The size of your home will also affect the foundation repair cost. Larger homes require more materials and labor, so expect to pay more for repairs in larger homes.
  • Type of Foundation – The foundation used on your home can drastically impact the repair cost.
  • Extent of Foundation Damage – The extent of damage to your foundation will also determine the cost of repairs. Cracks, bowing walls, and sinking floors require different repairs and vary greatly in cost.

At Ram Jack, we provide accurate, personalized estimates and long-term solutions for all your foundation problems. Our experienced foundation repair specialists can inspect your home, provide an accurate estimate for your foundation repair cost, and handle the project to ensure the job is done correctly.

Foundation Issue

Guaranteed Reliability

At local franchises, customer satisfaction takes top priority, and they demonstrate this by offering lifetime limited warranty coverage. They go the extra mile to provide customers peace of mind by installing steel piles specifically designed to remain stable. If you have concerns about foundation movement, our dedicated dealers will promptly inspect, adjust, or replace a pile and its associated bracket as necessary. Moreover, they will thoroughly assess your property for any signs of soil movement beyond their previous work.

An unwavering commitment to quality empowers each dealer to fully stand behind their products and services, guaranteeing comprehensive limited warranties that leave no room for uncertainty. When you choose Ram Jack, you can be confident that your house rests on a solid foundation backed by Ram Jack products and training, and the innovative Ram Jack System of Foundation Support.

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  • 3. Proposal

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