Basement Waterproofing in NL, including Gander, Deer Lake & Corner Brook.
Basement Waterproofing

Exterior Drain Tile Systems in Newfoundland and Labrador

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

Cutaway of a French drain system installed on the outside of the concrete footing of a home foundation. A discharge line would also be included to send the water away from your home.

Shown in this photo are the French drain itself (filled with water), a fill of stone, and the backfilled soil.

One way of basement waterproofing that many contractors will suggest for waterproofing a basement is to install a french drain system along the outside perimeter of your home.

To install an exterior French drain, the contractor will take the following steps:

  1. First, the entire perimeter of your home must be cleared. Gardens, steps, porches, etc., must be removed before the work can begin.
  2. Next, the contractor will dig out the perimeter of your home. Excavated dirt will be heaped around the house.
  3. The drain will be laid in a bed of stone along the bottom. The stone, and possibly a layer of filter fabric, are there to protect the drain from clogging.
  4. The excavated soil will be "backfilled" on top of the system. In a year, this soil will settle, and the contractor will need to return to fill in more soil.

At N.L. Basement Systems, we do not recommend this type of drainage system installed in your home. Instead, we suggest installing an interior basement drain along the inside perimeter of your basement or crawl space. For a waterproofing quote in the Newfoundland and Labrador area, call or e-mail us today!

Getting Ready To Install an Exterior French Drain

A home before a french drain installation
You Will Need to Remove:
  • Trees
  • Shrubberies
  • Gardens
  • Porches
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • ..And More

You can expect the contractors to create huge heaps of excavated soil all around your home, creating a mess.

On top of that, the process is extremely expensive, costing $15,000 to $20,000 per installation.

The installation time is twice as long or more than if you choose to have an interior system put in.

Failing French Drains in Newfoundland and Labrador

clogged french drain found in South River, Newfoundland and Labrador

A clogged French drain system found installed around a home in South River, NL.

French drain systems have been installed on the outside of homes since the 1920s, and if they were the best way to dry a basement, N.L. Basement Systems would be installing them, too.

Unfortunately, placing a French drain or exterior footing drain along the outside is a recipe for failure. When you put a drainage system several feet under the earth, even in a bed of gravel, it will eventually clog with dirt, roots, and debris.

Sometimes, a contractor will try to stop this by laying down a layer of filter fabric around the drain. In this case, instead of the drain clogging, the filter fabric does and won't let water into the pipe.

Other problems such as freezing pipes and improperly sloped lines are also common. This type of exterior drainage commonly will not handle water that collects under your basement floor, in which case you'll still need a sump pump inside your basement.

Some contractors even connect the exterior drains to the sump pump inside. Now that's sure to clog! And what happens when your drainage system clogs? It will need to be excavated and you'll have to start over. Who wants to do that again?

At N.L. Basement Systems, we can help you find a permanent waterproofing solution for your home -- one that includes a written, transferable warranty! For a FREE waterproofing quote, call or e-mail us today!

We service the Newfoundland and Labrador area, including St Shotts, Jobs Cove, Conception Harbour, Bay Bulls, Upper Island Cove, Burnt Point Bdv, North River and nearby.

Serving NL including the Greater Corner Brook area
Our Newfoundland and Labrador Service Area
Cities in Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
Aguathuna
Anchor Point
Aquaforte
Arnolds Cove
Aspen Cove
Avondale
Badger
Badgers Quay
Baie Verte
Baine Harbour
Barachois Brook
Bartletts Harbour
Bauline
Bay Bulls
Bay De Verde
Bay L'argent
Bay Roberts
Baytona
Beachside
Beaumont
Bell Island
Bell Island Front
Bellburns
Belleoram
Bellevue
Benoits Cove
Benton
Bide Arm
Birchy Bay
Birchy Head
Bird Cove
Bishops Falls
Black Duck Cove
Black Duck Siding
Black Tickle
Blaketown
Bloomfield
Boat Harbour West
Bonavista
Bonne Bay
Bonne Bay Pond
Botwood
Boyds Cove
Branch
Brents Cove
Bridgeport
Brighton
Brigus
Brigus Junction
Bristol's Hope
Broad Cove Bdv
Brookfield
Brownsdale
Buchans
Buchans Junction
Bunyans Cove
Burgeo
Burgoynes Cove
Burin
Burin Bay Arm
Burlington
Burnside
Burnt Islands Blp
Burnt Point Bdv
Calvert
Campbellton
Cannings Cove
Cape Broyle
Cape Freels North
Cape Ray
Cape St George
Caplin Cove Bdv
Cappahayden
Carbonear
Carmanville
Carters Cove
Cartwright
Cartyville
Castors River
Catalina
Cavendish
Chance Cove
Change Islands
Channel-port-aux-basques
Chapel Arm
Chapel Cove
Charleston
Charlottetown
Charlottetown Lab
Churchill Falls
Clarenville
Clarkes Beach
Coachmans Cove
Codroy
Coleys Point South
Colinet
Colliers Riverhead
Come By Chance
Comfort Cove-newstead
Conception Bay South
Conception Harbour
Conche
Conne River
Cooks Harbour
Cormack
Corner Brook
Cottlesville
Cottrells Cove
Cow Head
Coxs Cove
Creston
Creston North
Croque
Cupids
Daniels Harbour
Deadmans Bay
Deep Bay
Deer Lake
Dildo
Dover
Doyles
Duntara
Dunville
Durrell
Eastport
Eddies Cove
Eddies Cove West
Elliston
Embree
Englee
English Harbour East
English Harbour West
Epworth
Fair Haven
Fermeuse
Ferryland
Flatrock
Fleur De Lys
Flowers Cove
Fogo
Forteau
Fortune
Fox Harbour Pb
Francois
Frederickton
Frenchmans Cove Boi
Frenchmans Cove Fb
Freshwater Pb
Gallants
Gambo
Gambo South
Gander
Gander Bay
Gander Bay South
Garden Cove Pb
Garnish
Gaultois
Glenwood
Glovertown
Glovertown South
Gooseberry Cove
Goulds
Grand Bank
Grand Bay East
Grand Beach
Grand Falls-windsor
Grand Le Pierre
Grates Cove
Green Island Brook
Green Island Cove
Greens Harbour
Greenspond
Grey River
Hampden
Hants Harbour
Happy Valley-goose Bay
Harbour Breton
Harbour Grace
Harbour Grace South
Harbour Main
Harbour Mille
Harbour Round
Hare Bay Bb
Harrys Harbour
Hawkes Bay
Head Bay D'espoir
Heart's Content
Heart's Delight
Heart's Desire
Heatherton
Hermitage
Herring Neck
Hickmans Harbour
Highlands
Hillgrade
Hillview
Hodges Cove
Holyrood
Hopeall
Hopedale
Horwood
Howley
Indian Bay Bb
Island Harbour
Isle-aux-morts
Islington
Jacksons Arm
Jacksons Cove
Jeffreys
Jerseyside
Jobs Cove
Joe Batts Arm
Keels
Kilbride
Kings Cove
Kings Point
Kippens
Knights Cove
L'anse Au Clair
L'anse Au Loup
La Poile
La Scie
Labrador City
Ladle Cove
Lamaline
Lark Harbour
Laurenceton
Lawn
Leading Tickles
Lethbridge
Lewins Cove
Lewisporte
Little Bay East
Little Bay Islands
Little Bay Ndb
Little Bay Pb
Little Burnt Bay
Little Catalina
Little Harbour East Pb
Little Hearts Ease
Little St Lawrence
Lodge Bay
Logy Bay
Long Harbour
Loon Bay
Lourdes
Lower Island Cove
Lumsden
Main Brook
Main Point
Makinsons
Makkovik
Marys Harbour
Marystown
Marysvale
Massey Drive
Mccallum
Melrose
Middle Arm Gb
Middle Cove
Miles Cove
Millertown
Milltown
Mings Bight
Mobile
Monkstown
Moretons Harbour
Mount Arlington Heights
Mount Carmel
Mount Moriah
Mount Pearl
Mud Lake
Musgrave Harbour
Musgravetown
Nain
Natuashish
New Chelsea
New Harbour Tb
New Melbourne
New Perlican
Newmans Cove
Newtown
Nippers Harbour
Noels Pond
Normans Cove
Norris Arm
Norris Arm Northside
Norris Point
North Harbour Pb
North Harbour Smb
North River
North West Brook
North West River
Northern Bay
Ochre Pit Cove
Old Perlican
Old Shop
Open Hall
Outer Cove
Pacquet
Paradise
Paradise River
Parkers Cove
Parsons Pond
Pasadena
Peterview
Petite Forte
Petty Harbour
Pilleys Island
Placentia
Plate Cove East
Plate Cove West
Plum Point
Point Leamington
Point Of Bay
Pollards Point
Pools Cove
Pools Island
Port Albert
Port Anson
Port Au Choix
Port Au Port
Port Blandford
Port De Grave
Port Hope Simpson
Port Rexton
Port Saunders
Port Union
Portland Creek
Portugal Cove-st Philips
Postville
Pouch Cove
Pound Cove
Princeton
Pynn's Brook
Raleigh
Ramea
Rattling Brook
Red Harbour Pb
Red Head Cove
Reefs Harbour
Reidville
Rencontre East
Renews
Rigolet
River Of Ponds
Riverhead Harbour Grace
Roberts Arm
Robinsons
Rocky Harbour
Roddickton
Rodgers Cove
Rose Blanche
Round Harbour Gb
Rushoon
Sallys Cove
Salmon Cove Bdv
Salvage
Sandringham
Sandy Cove
Seal Cove Fb
Seal Cove Wb
Seldom
Shalloway Cove
Shea Heights
Shearstown
Ship Harbour Pb
Shoe Cove
Snooks Arm
Sops Arm
South Branch
South Brook Gb
South Dildo
South East Bight
South River
Southern Bay
Southern Harbour Pb
Spaniards Bay
Springdale
St Albans
St Andrews
St Anthony East
St Bernards-jacques Fontaine
St Brendans
St Brides
St Chads
St Davids
St Fintans
St Georges
St Judes
St Juliens
St Lawrence
St Lewis
St Lunaire-griquet
St Marys
St Pauls
St Shotts
St Vincents
St. Anthony
St. John's
Stag Harbour
Stephenville
Stephenville Crossing
Stoneville
Summerford
Summerville
Sunnyside
Sweet Bay
Swift Current
Templeman
Terrenceville
Tickle Cove
Tilting
Tizzards Harbour
Torbay
Tors Cove
Traytown
Trepassey
Trinity Bb
Trinity Tb
Triton
Trout River
Twillingate
Upper Island Cove
Valley Pond
Victoria Cb
Victoria Cove
Wabush
Wareham-centreville
Wesleyville
West Bay Centre
West St Modeste
Western Bay
Westport
Whitbourne
Whiteway
Wild Cove Wb
Williams Harbour
Wiltondale
Wings Point
Winterland
Winterton
Witless Bay
Woodfords
Woodstock
York Harbour

Our Locations:

N.L. Basement Systems
23 Kerry Avenue
CBS, NL A1X7H5
1-709-700-2687
Canadian Home Builders Association