Driveway and Garage Flooding

How to Keep My Driveway and Garage From Flooding?

Ideal Basement Waterproofing now offers custom made grate and frames featuring concrete built c drain boxes that can be used for drains in heavy traffic and flow areas. These bar grates from are heavy duty and are fork-lift rated.

Garage and Driveway Flooding

Benefits of a Garage Sump Pump:

  • Discards drain water.
  • Flooding and dampness prevention.
  • Safeguards against mold and mildew.
  • Stops sewer backups.
  • Increases the value of your home.

Ideal Basement Waterproofing recommends the Tsurumi Submersible Sand/Trash Water Pump to prevent garage flooding. With nominal wear and clogging, the unit is designed to pump sand, solids and debris. The shaft-mounted agitator suspends sand and mud, allowing water to be removed.

Tsurumi Pump

Product Features:

    • Shaft-mounted agitator suspends sand and mud, allowing sediment to be removed from sumps or basins
    • Miniature thermal motor protects against heating and dry run
    • Urethane semi vortex impeller for maximum durability and pump performance
    • Unique impeller design is able to pass 1/4in. solids
    • 100% copper wirings, built for continuous duty
    • Rubber bottom won’t scratch hard surfaces
    • Silicone carbide mechanical seal faces
    • Anti-wicking block in cable protects motor when cable jacket is cut or breached



To stop driveway flooding, contact us today to install trench drains in your driveway.

Flood Gate in Use

Flood Gate FAQs

Ideal Basement Waterproofing is now offering Quick Dam flood protection products. FAQs provided by Quick Dam Flood Protection


What are Flood Gates made from?
1in Steel tube frame for structure & support, .125in steel plates for support & take the weight of the water, 1.5ton scissor jack for expansion and a neoprene sleeve for a water tight seal. Also included in the package will be an expansion tool, ratchet wrench & instruction manual.

Can I still use the entrance while the Flood Gate is in place?
Yes, simply open the door & step over, while maintaining flood protection.

What sizes do the Flood Gates come in?
We currently offer 5 sizes each of which expands 5in & all offering flood protection up
to 26.5in high. The 5 sizes range from: 25in-30in, 30in-35in, 35in-40in, 40in-45in, 45in-50in.

How long does it take to install the Flood Gate?
As long as your reveal is clean & ready, it should only take 5 minutes, expand jack & 4 bolts on the bottom.

Have the Flood Gates been tested?
Yes, the Flood Gates were designed, developed, tested & patented in the UK & also patented in the US. Testing was performed in the UK & passed British Kite Mark testing to prevent flood water entering up to 24in. The US Flood Gates are manufactured under the same UK standards.

Where can Flood Gates be used?
In any entryway that Flood Gates can fit into. This can include: Residential, Commercial, Retail, Government, Power & Nuclear, Hospital, Hotel, Condo’s & Apartments & more.

Are custom sizes available?
No not normally, as there is quite a bit of engineering involved & custom neoprene sleeves that would have to be made, which would make the cost too significant for single units.

What if my door is wider than 50in?
Stanchions are available to join multiple units together*. The Stanchion Base will need to be installed in the ground & left as a flush surface until needed. (See instruction manual for more details)

Can I connect multiple units together?
Yes, using the stanchion set list above. (See instruction manual for more details)

Do the sleeves come in different colors?
Not at this time. Orange is currently the only colored sleeve.

Can I get replacement sleeves?
Yes, should your outer sleeve become damaged, replacements are available online at

Can I get them any taller?
Flood Gates are only available 26in high at this time.

My door opens out- what are my options?
The Flood Gate cannot be mounted on the outside as the jack needs to face away from the water & you will no longer have access to the jack with closed doors. In this case, the Flood Gate must be installed on the inside of the doorway.

Do I have to make any alterations to the door frame?
As long as your reveal area is smooth, you should not have to make any alterations. If your reveal is too small or unsmooth, you may need to add thin spacers & use silicone caulk to level any uneven surfaces.

Can I put these in a window frame?
Yes, as long as there is enough reveal & the window is greater than 26in high & you can open the window from the inside to access the back scissor jack for tightening.

Can I install the Flood Gate with the scissor jack facing towards oncoming water?
No, the solid outer neoprene sleeve needs to face oncoming water. Under the sleeve are 2 steel plates which slide when adjusting in size and then seal against the frame structure when hit with oncoming water, creating a solid surface. Securing this in the opposite direction will cause these steel plates to spread apart & cause seepage.

Do Flood Gates require any maintenance?
Yes, after each use, hand wash the outer sleeve & let dry. Wipe down the steel Flood Gate frame system & apply a small amount of grease to all moving mechanisms. Open & close the jack with a few turns in each direction, allowing the grease to move through the jack system.

What if I have a flush mount door frame?
Side Rails are an optional add on & can be mounted on the outer edge of the wall, which will hold the Flood Gate in place. (See instruction manual for more details)

Where should I store my Flood Gate?
Store Flood Gates in a nearby storage cabinet or closet in its normal upright position. If multiple units are stored together, be sure to place them sleeve to sleeve, to make sure the jacks don’t get damaged against each other.

Can I stack Floodgates one on top of the other?
No. These units were not meant to be stacked on top of each other— this could cause damage to the jacks.

Do you have a method for transporting multiple floodgates?
Yes, see Flood Gate cart for storage & deployment.

How much width does the stanchion add?
Allow .75in in calculating width needed.

What type of tool should I use for sub-mounting the base?
Please refer to manual.

What if I want to create a U shape around the door?
Use the corner stanchion to create a corner and create a water tight seal around the door.

Can I use this in my sliding door?
Sliders typically do not offer enough depth to fit. They often jam. You can either use the corner stanchion or side rails to create a secure area for gates to go in outside.

What kind of lubricant can I use to grease the parts of the flood gate?
Any Grade 2 or 3 wheel bearing grease, or a lithium based grease would work, which can be found at a local automotive or hardware store.

Quick Dam Flood Gate Accessories flyers: Download PDF

Sump Pump

Sump Pump FAQ

The sump pump is an owners first line of defense against a flooded basement. In most buildings tiling is only installed around a portion of the house. When the excess water drains into the sump it must be removed and to do so a sump pump is require.

When heavy rain or snowfall is forecasted, basement flooding is always a major concern. It is important for a homeowner to find out the type of drainage system their basement has before installing a sump pump.

Sump pump types include submersible and pedestal and include a variety of features. A submersible sump pump sits below the surface of the floor, while a pedestal one stays above the floor.

One feature of a sump pump is that it may be manual or automatic. Manual sump pumps contain a switch that you flip, while automatic sump pumps have a switch that is activated by the pressure and depth of the water.

Either type of pump should have a check valve on the water outlet pipe so water doesn’t flow back into the sump when the pump shuts off. Water flowing back and forth can cause the pump to turn on and off more frequently than necessary, which decreases the life of the pump.

How can you check or test your sump pump?

Before checking anything else make sure your outlet pipe directs the sump water away from the house and is not clogged, frozen or dislodged. Then unplug the sump pump and check to make sure the pump is clean and the pump intake is not plugged.

To make sure the sump pump works make sure your unit is plugged in and pour water into the pump at a similar rate water would normally flow into it. Make sure the pump turns on and off twice, the float switch works properly and the pump sounds and works properly. If there are any issues get it fixed ASAP.

Can you burn out the pump if the outdoor pipe is frozen shut or will it automatically shut off?

Newer sump pumps have thermal protection to protect the motor and will shut off if the motor becomes too hot. If this happens unplug the unit and allow the motor to cool. While waiting for the system to reset make sure the pipes are clear from ice.

What size pump should I use?

House horsepower requirements are determined by area of drainage connected to the sump, depth to groundwater, the depth of the basement and several other factors. The majority of houses can use a 1/3 horsepower pump.

Can you replace a 1/3hp pump with a 1/2hp pump?

A switch to a 1/2hp pump is not needed if your sump is dealing with normal to slow water flow. However, if you are dealing with rapid water flow then you should consider using a 1/2hp pump.

Are there filters that need to be cleaned/replaced?

There are no filters in sump pumps. However, there are screens and small openings that need to be checked frequently to make sure they are not blocked or plugged.

Can or should you pump into a sewer drain or basement floor drain?

No! The septic system sometimes struggles to handle a normal flow of house water and adding sump pump water to it can damage the sewer system. Even if you are connected to a public sewer system, sump water should not be pumped into a floor drain except under special circumstances. Many communities have ordinances prohibiting the diversion of sump water into the sanitary sewer system during certain times of the year or during widespread flooding. Check with your municipal government to find out its rules.

Where should the sump pump drain hose be run?

Sump water should be discharged 20 feet away from the house and not directed towards a neighbors house or into a sewage drain.

Can the average person replace a defective sump pump or does it require specialized tools or the expertise of a plumber?

Sump pumps come with a list of required tools and directions for installing them. Replacing a sump pump should not be too difficult for the “average” person.

How big should the sump hole be? What kind of hole liner should you use? How much gravel do you put under and around it?

Sump holes should be about 2 feet in diameter at the top allowing space for the pump and piping. You can use metal or plastic liners but plastic is preferred because it is easier to work with and find. 3 to 4 inches of gravel should be placed in the bottom of the hole after installing the liner.

What is the lifespan of a sump pump?

It depends on how often and how long they have run for. Some manufacturers recommend replacing the switch and float every 2 years and the pump every 5. If you are unsure of the age of your pump have a backup pump handy and ready to use.

Do I need a backup pump?

If you are constantly away from the house or worried about major flooding a backup pump is a good idea. Grabbing a battery powered pump can come in handy if there is a power outage while flooding is occurring. In most cases if the main pump is unable to power on the backup will take over and turn on.

At Ideal Basement Waterproofing, we will install the type of sump pump best for your home. We also clean debris out of sump pumps and service them so that you receive more years of service from your sump pump. If the foundation of your home or basement has already been compromised by water damage, Ideal Basement Waterproofing also provides crack and foundation repair services.  Let our experienced team help you today!


Information from North Dakota State University Agriculture and Extension

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The Benefits of EZ Flow Drainage Systems


    • Using internal couplers the 10 inch long sections are easy and convenient to connect.
    • Superior flow rate (30% Better) when compared to gravel and pipe: Features engineered flow channels that increase capacity.
    • Can easily bend around corners and other obstacles.
    • Stops waste: Prevents millions of pounds of waste from filling landfills.
    • Extremely durable: Offers 100+ year material lifespan.
    • Reliable: Fewer call backs.
    • Provide maximum system life and performance, lower system costs, and an environmentally friendly alternative.
    • Labor Cost Savings: 50% labor savings. It’s lightweight allowing for installation without heavy equipment. Also installs without gravel.
    • Green Choice: 100% recycled aggregate material.

Configurations are available in:

  • 7″ diameter bundles with or without a 3″ pipe.
  • 10″ diameter bundles with or without a 4″ pipe.
  • 15″ diameter bundles with or without a 6″ pipe.

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Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

Best Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

Due to enclosed conditions, crawl spaces are poorly ventilated resulting in a build up of mold, mildew and bacteria. With this build up you take the risk of contamination spread throughout your home.

It is vital to take care of these conditions as mold, mildew and bacteria can be the cause of mild to severe health effects within your own home.

Instead of using dehumidifiers throughout the house to control moisture, a crawl space dehumidifier can be a permanent fix for all moisture issues within your home. Below is a list of 5 crawl space dehumidifiers we highly suggest.


AlorAir LGR 85-Pint Dehumidifier With Pump
AlorAir LGR 85-Pint Dehumidifier With Pump

If you have a significant amount of moisture within your crawl space, this heavy-duty dehumidifier is for you. The AlorAir LGR is incredibly effective and was specifically designed to extract high amounts of water.
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AlorAir 90-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
AlorAir 90-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifier
For very humid crawl spaces, this 90-pint dehumidifier from AlorAir is an excellent choice. It removes up to 90 pints of moisture a day, so your crawl space will stay dry and mold-free.
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AlorAir 55-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifier
AlorAir 55-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifier
For compact spaces, we highly recommend this 55-pint dehumidifier. Thanks to its shape and size, it’s easy to fit in compromised spaces. This makes it excellent for crawl spaces or basements.
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Aprilaire 70-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifier
Aprilaire 70-Pint Crawl Space Dehumidifier
If you want a low-maintenance dehumidifier, this is your guy. It conveniently drains continuously when installed correctly. This means you won’t have to worry about trays or reservoirs filling up.
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Dri-Eaz Revolution LGR Commercial Dehumidifier with Pumps
Dri-Eaz Revolution LGR Commercial Dehumidifier with Pump
Available space within the crawl space is limited, so large dehumidifiers simply won’t fit. If you have a large area to cover but limited space to fit a dehumidifier, this one will suit you. It can cover an incredible 7,000 square feet and will extract a significant amount of water.
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Carbon Fiber Strips Installation

Do Carbon Fiber Straps Work for Foundation Repair?

For structural foundation repairs, carbon fiber is incredibly effective. It repairs cracked and bowed walls without preventing further damage to the foundation.

Because of how strong it is (more than 10x mild steel) a home’s foundation can be strengthened by a lesser application of carbon fiber straps.

How Does it Work?
Carbon forms 4 chemical bonds making it’s bonding adhesives unique and endless. Being far stronger than steel and less stiff carbon fiber straps are easy to maneuver and manipulate making for easy installation.

Due to it’s tensile strength carbon fiber straps are able to hold the concrete together while preventing future wall bowing. The top and bottom anchor of carbon fiber is able to secure the wall from moving inward in a tipping or shearing movement. If the external pressure is persistent, the carbon will hold the wall together, however, the wall can still move.

Carbon Fiber Strips Installation

What is SlablWall?
StablWall is an effective and economical crack repair solution that utilizes the high strength of carbon fiber to resist any potential future movement. Carbon fiber is light weight, easy-to-install, strong (10x stronger than steel) and non-corrosive, which eliminates the need for maintenance. Carbon fiber can also be easily painted over or covered with a finishing product for aesthetic appeal StablWall is an industry leader in concrete crack repair and structural strengthening, providing strong, efficient and dependable products.

Carbon Fiber

Why Use Carbon Fiber Straps for Home Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair
In order to reach its maximum potential all buildings require a well built and sturdy foundation. Once at its peak, the rest of the building follows suit. For your foundation repair and construction, carbon fiber reinforcement is the best solution despite the status of your current foundation.

If you are having any issues with the structure or condition of your basement walls, carbon fiber remains the best solution to fix these problems. In addition to the fixes carbon fiber also acts as a preventative structural support.

Why Do You Need Carbon Fiber Straps?
Poor bowed and badly cracked walls will require carbon fiber straps. Hydrostatic Pressure (the force water exerts against an object) causes walls to give and ware.

Carbon fiber is one of the strongest materials and has one of the highest tensile (pull) strengths known to exist. Despite high pressure and tension carbon fiber does not stretch or break. Because of this it is an important material to use when building a foundation as it will keep basement walls from bowing and cracks from expanding.

For instance, a steel I-beam used in foundation repair can resist 30,000 to 40,000 lbs of tension, and can stop a wall from bowing. But a four-inch wide carbon fiber strap can withstand 8 to 10 times that much pressure, and is less 1/8-inch thick.

Homeowners appreciate a fast, non-invasive solution that gives them more living space, and improves resale possibilities. Also, the repair is nearly invisible when complete.

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