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Types of Interior Basement Drainage: Which is the Best?

installing in an interior basement drainage system

After all this time, it finally happens; that small damp spot in your basement is now a puddle you just can’t ignore. It’s time to waterproof your basement.

While you have numerous options, your best bet is investing in professional solutions like an interior basement drainage system. Learn more about your options on this page!

How Do I Know I Need Interior Basement Drainage?

wet basement walls and floor with mold and efflorescence

Apart from obvious water in your basement, several other signs point to the need for waterproofing solutions, including:

These problems can’t wait. As soon as you notice any of these in your basement, contact local experts right away for professional intervention.

3 Types of Basement Drainage

There are options galore for basement waterproofing, but we’re highlighting the top three options for interior basement drainage.

overflowing basement floor drain

1. Basement Floor Drain

Resembling a bathtub drain, a basement floor drain plays a crucial role in basement water management as mandated by many building codes for homeowners.

Its primary function is to provide an escape route for water resulting from appliance failures or plumbing leaks. These drains are designed with a sloping floor, allowing water to flow out effortlessly using the force of gravity. The collected water is then connected to a sump pump, septic system, or sewer line.

While this is effective for faulty appliances, it may not be appropriate for basements with perimeter or severe leaks.

interior footing drain installed in basement floor

2. Interior Footing Drains

Exterior footing drains are often installed when building a basement, but they easily clog or are crushed by surrounding soil. Their internal counterparts suffer the same fate.

Many contractors place footing drains inside the basement under the floor and in what’s known as the “mud zone.” These perforated pipes may last for a short time, but they, too, typically clog, fail, and result in basement leaks.

Both water from the cove joint (where the wall and floor meet) and any water that could run down the wall are difficult for these inside footing drains to handle.

BasementGutterâ„¢ installed in a basement floor

3. The BasementGutter™ System (Our Top Pick)

We take interior footing drains to the next level and make them more effective and safe for your basement.

Rather than sitting in the mud zone, we place our innovative BasementGutter™ Interior Drain System on top of the footing. It features a special wall flange and underside perforations, allowing it to intercept water from the walls, floor, and cove joint.

This system is also compatible with our wall vapor barrier and various sump pumps.

Bonus: Sump Pump Systems

installing interior basement drainage and a sump pump

Speaking of sump pumps, many homeowners choose one over the other, weighing whether they should install an interior drainage system or a sump pump.

The truth is that both are meant to work together, forming a cohesive interior drainage solution.

When we install the BasementGutter™ system, we connect it to a sump pump placed in the basement’s lowest point. This allows water from BasementGutter™ to flow into the sump pump, a central collection point, and be safely pumped out of and away from your basement.

Trust Baker’s Waterproofing for Reliable Drainage Solutions

Maintaining an effective drainage system is crucial for safeguarding your home from the potential hazards of water accumulation. Understanding the various drainage options available is essential to make an informed decision that best suits your home’s needs.

To alleviate the stress associated with interior drainage problems and waterproofing concerns, schedule a free inspection with Baker’s Waterproofing. Our team of professionals will thoroughly evaluate your home and identify the appropriate solution, providing guidance and support throughout the entire process.


The installation time for an interior basement drainage system varies depending on the size of your basement, the complexity of the system, and any additional waterproofing measures required. Baker’s Waterproofing provides accurate timelines during the evaluation process. Contact us to learn more and schedule a free inspection.

Interior systems are less invasive, more cost-effective, and easier to maintain than exterior drainage solutions. They’re designed to address water issues from the inside, providing a reliable method for basement waterproofing.

Basement drainage systems can vary in price depending on the size of your basement and the materials needed. Baker’s Waterproofing provides free inspections, no-obligation estimates, and financing options, so you know the exact cost before the work begins.  

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.

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