Basement Drainage Systems

Keep your basement dry with the installation of a basement drainage system that suits your budget and living space.



By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A basement drainage system is key to keeping water out of the basement. There are several types of systems, including a floor drain, French drain and sump pump.

A floor drain system is typically installed at the time of construction. The floor drain lies below the basement floor, allowing for a permanent fixture that will keep water from leaking into the house.

Best of Basement Designs: 13 Stylish Underground Spaces

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Rockin' Rec Room: Stage

Who's ready for a jam session? The HGTV Smart Home 2014 rec room sets the stage for hours of music-making with signed instruments, stage lights and a vibrant chalkboard mural backdrop.

Rockin' Rec Room: Lounge

The rec room houses a number of stylish seating options, where homeowners can either sit and watch the show or simply lounge. Splashes of orange, inspired by the brightly-colored mural, are scattered throughout the space.

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Rockin' Rec Room: Entertainment Center

The other side of the rec room serves as a cozy living area. Plus, the space can instantly become an entertainment center by simply unrolling a hidden projector screen.

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Rockin' Rec Room: Gym

In an enclosed area of the rec room, homeowners can work out in their very own cross fit gym.

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Industrial Chic: Open Layout

This spacious industrial basement gets some added charm with nautical details, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

Industrial Chic: Sitting Area

Despite the exposed ceiling and plywood walls, the space is surprisingly cozy, thanks to an inviting sitting area. As seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

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Industrial Chic: Playhouse

A playhouse just for kids is tucked in the corner. Continuing to use industrial materials, the house is constructed from plywood and corrugated metal, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

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Refined Red: Living Space

Using red as a bold accent color, this basement was transformed into a vibrant and multi-functional living area, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.

Refined Red: Sunny Windows

This basement is lucky enough to have large windows that let in ample light, which keeps the rich color choices from feeling too dark, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.

Refined Red: Game Area

In one corner of the room a pool table is accompanied by seating, storage and a chalkboard, creating a fun and functional game area, as seen on Sarah's House on HGTV.

Contemporary Office: Desk and Accessories

Hardwood floors, industrial gray desk and contemporary accessories give this basement office space a sleek and sophisticated look.

Contemporary Office: Stairs and Shelves

This petite underground office is the perfect example that even the smallest basements can be transformed into stylish spaces.

Playful Family Space: Lounge Area

This cheery basement offers something for the whole family. On this side of the open floor plan there's a stylish sitting area where adults can relax.

Playful Family Space: Entertainment Area

On the other side of the room, a ping-pong table, piano and beanbag chairs create the ideal space to entertain kids for hours.

Simple and Sophisticated

While this chic basement incorporates many dark pieces, like granite countertops and wood built-ins, the strategically-designed open floorplan lightens up the space.

Ultimate Teen Hangout

This game room, media center and bedroom combo is a dream come true for any teenager.

Brightened-Up Basement

White furniture and walls lighten this living space, while graphic wallpaper adds some visual interest.

Sports Lounge

Strategically placed athletic accessories give this comfy basement lounge a sporty feel, without going over-the-top.

Prepped for a Party

Complete with a projector screen, bar and pool table, this basement escape is ready for entertaining.

Entertainment Hub

This neutral living room offers various venues for entertainment, from a space for creating music to a lounge-worthy media area.

Open and Airy

This beautiful living space perfectly balances rich dark wood with light furnishings. The room also opens up to an outdoor patio, making the space even brighter.

Basements and Bears, Oh My!

This family-friendly living room combines sophisticated furnishings with whimsical accessories, like adorable wooden bears. Along the wall, framed family photos are displayed as a gallery.

French drains are a common choice if you're renovating a pre-existing residence. A French drain can easily be installed from the exterior of a home, by digging a trench and installing a pipe under gravel and fabric. Once it has been installed, a French drain will work to redirect water away from the foundation of a home, solving everything from drainage problems to water runoff during a heavy rainfall.

A basement sump pump is a useful tool for keeping groundwater from entering the interior of a basement or removing the water once it has already made its way inside. A sump pump is automatically triggered to remove moisture once the water reaches a particular level.

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