Interior vs. Exterior Drainage Systems

Exterior drainage systems are effective, but require a lot more work to install.

Waterproofing is essential to every home. Without the proper drainage systems in place, you will find yourself and your basement constantly susceptible to flooding and water damage. As a result of that, your bills will add up in price just trying to repair and handle the damage done to your home. Although you may know you need a drainage system, the question you are now left is which kind? Interior or exterior drainage systems? Both are very different options that vary in cost, and provide you with a very different set of benefits. The difference between the two drainage systems may surprise you, as you find a clear answer to which of the drainage systems is the best option.


The installation process of both systems are drastically different from one another. For exterior drainage systems, the area in which the drainage system is being placed must be completely cleared. This includes plants, shrubs, and even sidewalks, driveways, or porches. Whatever is there must be out of the way so that the earth can be dug up for the installation. Meanwhile, installing interior drainage systems can be quite simple and easy. You will have to jackhammer the floor, and then placing your new drainage system on a bed of stone. Then, within a day or two, the floor can be repaired easily and efficiently so it appears like there was never any damage done in the first place.


You also have to consider the amount of maintenance the goes into taking care of the two different drainage systems. Exterior drainage systems are designed so that they can continue to properly function. When maintenance is needed for an exterior drainage system, you will most likely have to undergo a similar excavation process that you did when installing the system, making the maintenance for them excruciating. Meanwhile, interior drainage systems are easily accessible for maintenance to be done quickly and easily.

Operation of drainage system

An exterior drainage system like a French drain directs water away from your home using a gravel-filled trench with a perforated pipe underneath. The water being redirected by the French drain is usually sent towards either the street, a dry well, or a drainage ditch. For interior drainage systems, you can have a sump pump installed and can collect excess water and release it away from your home, preventing your basement from flooding. Interior drainage systems like a sump pump are also sometimes needed when exterior drainage systems cannot completely discharge all the water accumulating.


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