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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Three Ideas To Hide Drains And Pumps In Your Basement

by Mike Brewer

If you have a finished basement, you may have to install drainage systems. Drains can be installed outside or inside of your home. For existing homes, drains may need to be installed in your basement to deal with existing moisture problems. This can take up a lot of space if you want to have them hidden behind basement walls. The wall can also be directly finished and the drains can be part of the open space. If you have exposed drains and pumps in your basement, here are three tips to help you hide these features:

1. Using Attractive Grates Around The Edges Of Walls

The easiest solution to drains in your basement is to use grates. There are many different types of grates that you can use. Grates can be commercial grade and look a lot like the grates you will see in the basement of a commercial building. More attractive grates can be installed in the basement of your home, and not be as noticeable. They can have contours to allow the water to drain into the drainage system, but still have a smooth look to them and colors that match the flooring you have installed in your home.

2. Hiding Drain Systems Under A Lip Of Tile

You can also have plain grates installed, and have the tile installer cover the drain system in your basement. This can be done with a lip on the tile, which will cover the drain system. The contours of the drain system and tile will let the water drain, and then you will not even notice any of the grates that you have installed in your basement drainage system. These systems will allow water to freely flow, and are ideal for foundations with a lot of moisture.

3. Using Special Drainage Tiles Over The System

If you are thinking about using tile in your basement, you can also have a special drainage tile installed, which will completely hide the drainage system in your basement.  These tiles allow water to seep into the tile and into the drainage system in your basement. It is a slower drainage solution, which you may not want to use if you have a home that has a low water table. If you have a problem with moisture already, you may want to use an exposed system that allows water to drain more quickly. These systems are good if you do not have a moisture problem, but want to protect your basement from water damage.

These are some of the things that can be done to make drains and sump pumps in a basement a little less unsightly. If you need help with the installation of these products, contact a water damage contractor at places like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling Inc and ask about these systems.

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