Foundation drain
maintenance

Is iron ochre causing your French drain to clog? Prevent moisture build-up, flooding, and extensive damage.

Are you
experiencing
one of these
problems?

  • You feel high humidity in the basement.
  • Water infiltration on the basement floor occurs in the spring.
  • You’re noticing white efflorescence on the concrete floor (under the flooring).

The value we bring
to the table

We find the tell-tale signs of iron ochre. If you have a foundation drain, it’s essential to maintain it yearly to eliminate the obstruction of backflow valves or basement infiltration. We can efficiently inspect and clean your French drains.

Camera inspections are always included. We use sophisticated cameras (CCTVs) to precisely identify the root cause of the problem. We also provide a digital copy of the video and archive the inspection at our offices. There is no extra cost for this.

A cost-effective solution. Why wait until you have to replace your entire draining system? Thanks to Drain-Clair’s expertise, we fix the problem at the source so that your building retains its value.

Interested in learning more? We can mitigate your iron ochre issues so that you can reclaim your foundation.

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Tips to avoid
foundation problems

FAQ: What are the signs of a foundation drain with white efflorescence?

Because that will cause water to infiltrate, you will find humidity on the floor. In drier times, white efflorescence can be a sign that there was infiltration in the wet season.

FAQ: I’ve got foundation drain problems. Do I have to replace my drain?

Maybe, maybe not. The first step would be to run a camera through existing accesses (or through a localized excavation if there is no access available) to determine whether the issue is localized or generalized. This investigation could save you tens of thousands of dollars if it’s found that not the whole drain needs replacement.

FAQ: Can we inspect and clean a foundation drain from a sump pump pit?

Drain-Clair always tries to do it, but we cannot always make it because the connection is usually in a “T” shape; our equipment might not make the turn. Two chimneys facing each other will be installed on the drain outside to ensure our equipment can go both ways and around the property for proper cleaning.

FAQ: What is iron ochre, and how can I treat it?

Iron ochre results from chemotrophic bacteria that derive energy by oxidizing dissolved ferrous iron. It generates a rust-coloured paste that eventually clogs foundation drains. There is no treatment for iron ochre; it will always come back once it’s in your drain. However, proper drain maintenance by high-pressure cleaning will ensure it never gets bad enough to block the drain and cause damage to the property.

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