6-Step Water Intrusion Management Program

We at Fairfield Homes, together with the best practices in building science, have created a “Below the Surface Water Intrusion Management Program” designed to prevent water from entering your home. Excess moisture not only causes physical damage that is detrimental to your home but it can also lead to adverse health effects and compromised indoor air quality. These conditions will likely lead to fungal mold growth if not dealt with immediately and properly.


Step 1: Foundation Waterproofing

Stopping water from infiltrating basement walls requires choosing the right waterproofing system and installing it properly. We use a seamless rubberized membrane which comes with a manufacturer 10-year dry basement guarantee. The elasticity is designed to cover minor cracks as they occur over time.


Step 2: Exterior Drain Tile

When water seeps through a porous foundation wall, it causes damage and deterioration to the wall that may lead to serious foundation problems. Exterior drain tile drains that water away from the soil surrounding the foundation so that it never permeates the wall. We recommend installing “Integral Perforated Pipe” in a bed of gravel around the outside perimeter of the foundation so water is carried off to the sump pump.


Step 3: Interior Drain Tile

Now that you have the exterior tile in place, its best to go the extra mile and cover the inside of the footing as well. We do this by installing an “Integral Perforated Pipe” in a bed of gravel underneath the basement slab on the inside perimeter of the foundation. By installing interior and exterior draining tile, additional water is carried off and solves other issues such as rising water tables or hydrostatic pressure.


Step 4: Sump Pumps

We recommend having the sump pit directly connected to the exterior and interior drain-tile systems and dual alternating “1/3 HP Ion Sump Pumps” installed in the pit. The two pumps alternate so that when one burns out or fails, the other immediately takes over.


Step 5: Battery Back-up

For added peace of mind, we recommend including a battery backup when power goes out. Most batteries last for 24-48 hours with normal pump usage.


Step 6: Sump Pump Controller

Last but not least, we complete the system with a cutting-edge Ion Genesis Controller with “2 Digital Level Sensors”. These sensors eliminate 98% of switch failures and prevent pump malfunctions by displaying water level trends. Additional features include an 80 decibel audible alarm, an illuminated LCD screen, dry contacts for remote monitoring, and text message alerts when a problem occurs.