Basement French Drain Systems Near Philadelphia, Allentown, Norristown

Many different solutions require equally as many tools to correct them. In the same way that we wouldn't use a hammer to pound in a screw, we wouldn't use generic piping to waterproof a basement.

There is a drain solution that will fit your specific needs here at BQ Basement Systems, creating a dry usable space in your basement or crawl space. Whatever the problem may be -- we customize for you specific solutions, with our specialized drainage systems.

For a free basement waterproofing quote, call or e-mail us today!

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

The WaterGuard® Drainage System

Our most popular drainage system, WaterGuard® is the ideal solution for most basement waterproofing applications.

Unlike old-fashioned drain tile systems installed on the outside of the home, WaterGuard® is installed just underneath the perimeter edge of the basement floor.


WaterGuard® Specifications

  • Includes wall flange with 3/8" opening to collect water from walls--There's no open gap on the basement floor to collect debris.
  • Able to waterproof concrete block foundation walls--Weep holes are drilled at the bottom of the blocks to drain the hollow cavities and relieve pressure within the walls.
  • Resists mud clogging--The system sits on top of the footing, away from the "mud zone" underneath your floor. Water is collected without the risk of clogs that would halt your system.

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

DryTrak® Baseboard Drainage System

DryTrak® installs above the floor and along the inside perimeter of the basement, as a baseboard drainage system.

If your floor and footing were poured as one piece then your foundation is monolithic, and there is only one appropriate drainage system.

DryTrak® is also perfect for other applications when jackhammering the floor is not an option -- in basements with radiant heat, for example.


DryTrak® Specifications

  • Installs without jackhammering a drain channel -- Your monolithic floor (and your foundation footing) will not be damaged during installation.
  • Able to waterproof concrete block foundation walls -- As with WaterGuard®, weep holes are drilled at the bottom of the block to relieve pressure within the walls.
  • Will not collect mud or debris -- As a sealed basement that is placed on top of your basement floor and against the wall, there is no opening for debris to collect in the system from the basement floor.

BQ Basement Systems is the only basement waterproofing company that solves these drainage problems once and for all. If you are looking for a basement waterproofing contractor to resolve your drainage issues in Newtown, Frenchtown, Red Hill, Doylestown, Bala Cynwyd, Quakertown, New Hope, Flemington or nearby, contact BQ Basement Systems today for a Free Estimate!

Other Drainage Systems

Along with our WaterGuard® and DryTrak® systems, we offer all of the following specialized drainage systems:

French drain for crawl space waterproofing SmartPipe™:
Crawl Space Drainage
grated French drain system for waterproofing entryways TrenchDrain™:
Grated Basement Drain
French drain with large openings to prevent clogging from iron ochre WaterGuard® IOS:
Iron Ochre System
wall flange designed to direct water to a French drain system FlowGuard®:
Thin Floor System


Perfect for the crawlspace environment, this plastic piping system is designed to be installed in a drainage swale running along the perimeter. Combined with a crawl space vapor barrier and sump pump, it will direct water underneath the plastic barrier to the sump pump, where the water is discharged from your home.

SmartPipe™ is the first custom-engineered crawl space drain on the market. With 5 rows of drainage holes and a clog-resistant filter fabric, it's a cost-effective way to keep your space dry for the long haul.

crawl space drain system installed in Reading


Many homeowners have concerns with water flowing in through exterior doorways, stairways, and door openings. A normal drainage system cannot address this problem. We recommend the TrenchDrain drain channel and grating system. This is specifically designed to intercept water at doorways and similar openings and direct it to your sump pump.

TrenchDrain resembles half of a piping system with a grate fitted snugly on top. The grate is flush with or slightly below the floor, where it can catch entering from the outside.

grated basement drain system for the end of stair cases that leak

WaterGuard® IOS

In some cases, homes with high iron levels in their water will experience a thick, reddish substance oozing through when the basement floods. This is called "iron ochre" and it comes from bacteria and chemical reactions in the soil. It can easily clog your drainage system and stain your concrete, as well as anything else it touches.

WaterGuard®: Iron Ochre System (IOS) is the answer for homeowners with iron ochre in their water. This drain is specifically designed with wide openings and a large, open drainage system that will help your system avoid clogging.

Our IOS system address iron ochre issues for basement drainage


Installing a drainage system along the footing is the way to go with most perimeter drainage systems. When basement floors are very thin, it may be impossible to "hide" a normal drain under the floor in this way. For homeowners with thin basement floors, we recommend FlowGuard, with a drain installed in front of the footing.

FlowGuard collects water from the wall/floor joint, as well as the basement walls. It then directs it to a drain that's placed in front of your foundation footer and underneath the floor.

below foundation slab drain system for installing a French drain

our service area

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Our Locations:

BQ Basement Systems
525 Bethlehem Pike
Erdenheim, PA 19038