How Easy is it to Install Waterguard Basement Drainage Channel Yourself?

You want to waterproof your basement yourself and want to use a state of the art Basement Waterproofing System, the kind that is normally installed by the professional Basement Waterproofing Contractors but you don’t want to pay their high charges.

You may have been told that the most popular Basement Waterproofing System – the famous and patented Waterguard System is not available for DIY use but you can buy Waterguard for delivery to the USA and Canada if you know where to look.  But maybe you are apprehensive, no doubt you have been told that this system is the preserve of the Basement Waterproofing professionals for the reason that you need to have professional skills for a successful installation – that too is a myth.

Jack-hammeringInstalling Waterguard Basement Drainage channel is not difficult for the average DIY enthusiast.  I installed my first system with my own hands with the help of one labourer who had never seen the product before, that was 21 years ago now, in 1996. I had no experience or training at the time but was running a concrete repair contracting business so I knew how to jack-hammer concrete and was used to some hard graft when necessary.

I had seen the product on display at a tradeshow on a trip to the USA a little while earlier and immediately recognised it’s potential for solving difficult wet and flooded basement problems.

Breaking out the concrete around the perimeter of the basement, hauling away the rubble and bringing in the stone and concrete to finish the job can be tough work but it is not difficult in the way of being complicated   You require a bit of knowledge but not the kind of artisan skills that only come with practice.

Of course you have to know HOW to do it and there are certain techniques and tips that you need to know in order to do it efficiently, but the little bit of knowledge that you need is not difficult to obtain and everything that you need to know is described in pictures in our Waterguard Installation Guide which is available for download in PDF format on this website.

The rewards for DIY Waterguard installation are significant, even if you hire labour locally and supervise the installation you typically save 70% of the cost that one of the ‘Professional installers’ will charge, if you do it all yourself you will save 85 % of the cost on a typical job.

We sell Waterguard Perimeter basement drainage channel for DIY use into the USA and Canada, simply order online and it is shipped to your door within 7 – 10 days.

We offer full technical support by telephone, e-mail and even web-cam if you want so whilst you and your basement will be dry, you won’t be left ‘high and dry’ if you decide to take the plunge and install this for yourself.

When you pay a professional installer you are effectively paying a lot of money for a little bit of specialist knowledge, but that knowledge is retained by the contractor and they can sell it again and again, it is a fantastic way of making money, you just don’t want it to be YOUR money that they are making!  You never know but you might decide to start your own basement waterproofing business after you have done your own basement and we can help you with that and will be posting an article on that very subject next, so watch this space!



2 thoughts on “How Easy is it to Install Waterguard Basement Drainage Channel Yourself?

  1. Great! I want to save money and do it myself. I broke out a patch of previously “waterproofed” concrete and found that the basement slab is 3″ thick above the footing. How deep is the WaterGuard channel?

    • Hi, Ideally you need to dig 4″ deep, which I understand you cannot do. The box section of the Waterguard (i.e. the channel itself) is about 2″ and the flange which protrudes up the foundation wall to just above floor level is just under 2.5″ allowing 2″ of concrete over the channel. You could risk putting 1″ of concrete over the Waterguard channel but there is a serious risk of that concrete cracking up because it is too thin. In order to overcome this you could ‘bench up’ the concrete creating a 1″ thick shoulder of concrete around the edge of the floor thus getting the 2″ thick concrete that you need.

      I hope this helps.

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