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Iron Ochre Perimeter Drain

The WaterGuard®: IOS Iron Ochre Perimeter Drain System

Have you noticed a rusty substance around pipes, walls, or the floor in your basement? If so, you may have a problem with iron ochre, a naturally occurring bacteria that can cause several problems in your basement.

Don't let iron ochre clog your perimeter drain system and ruin your basement! Our drain system is custom-designed to protect your basement and help keep it dry all the time!

To schedule a free iron ochre perimeter drain quote, contact us by phone or e-mail today! We proudly serve the Ohio area, including Westerville, Delaware, Marysville and many surrounding areas.

What It Does:

In some rare cases, a home with a high level of iron or manganese in the soil and/or groundwater will allow the growth of a microorganism known as iron bacteria.

As this bacteria thrives in groundwater, it creates a thick, gelatinous substance known as iron ochre. While this is not known to be a health hazard, it can quickly clog a French drain system. It also emits a foul odor and leaves rust-colored stains on everything it contacts.

Our WaterGuard® IOS (Iron Ochre System) Perimeter Drain Channel is ideal for managing this difficult problem. The wide-open design of the drain helps it resist clogs, while a removable lid allows for easy access and maintenance.

Advantages To Our System:

  • A Wider, More Open Design
  • Large, Clog-Resistant Channel
  • A Removable Lid For Easy Maintenance
  • A Wall Flange To Collect Wall Leaks
  • Typically Installs In 1-2 Days
Iron ochre water on a concrete basement floor, staining everything

Iron ochre is typically rust-colored, but can also be yellow, brown, or gray. This slimy material is a menace to typical perimeter drain systems and can clog them in a few months' time.

What Is Iron Ochre & Iron Bacteria?

Iron bacteria is a microorganism that lives by oxidizing minerals dissolved in water -- especially ferrous iron and sometimes manganese as well. As it does so, it creates a thick slime or ooze that's usually reddish-brown in color.

This ooze will stain anything it contacts. It has a swampy, musty smell, and it makes drinking water taste terrible. These stains can also show up in laundry if the line contains iron-tainted water.

Clogged Pipes & Perimeter Drains

Iron bacteria attaches itself to the inside of pipes, forming layers of iron ochre as it goes.

Eventually, these layers result in the complete blockage of pipes -- and can even lead to deteriorating pipes, as iron bacteria uses the iron from the pipes as a food source. The sludge is not easily flushed out -- it must be manually scooped out.

We Waterproof Basements With Iron Bacteria & Iron Ochre Problems!

No matter how challenging your basement problem is, Mid-State Basement Systems has the solution you're looking for! Our iron ochre perimeter drain system is customized to handle any kind of iron bacteria issues that may arise -- and is the ONLY cleanable, flushable iron ochre system of its kind!

To schedule a free basement waterproofing quote to solve this or any other wet basement problem, contact us today! We'll send a specialist to your home to inspect and measure the space, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a customized cost quote.

Our experts proudly serve the Ohio area, including Westerville, Delaware, Marysville, Hilliard, Reynoldsburg, Springfield, Galloway, Mansfield, Dublin, Newark, and nearby towns.

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2219 Westbrooke Dr. Suite E6
Columbus, OH 43228
1-614-591-7887
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