Case Studies

Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Iron Ochre and Clogging in Bellingham, WA Basement

Monday, May 13th, 2019 by Bayleigh Stelling


Chad had recently began remodeling his basement in his Bellingham, WA home when he realized his waterproofing system was clogging. The problem was getting worse and flooding the area so much that it was ruining the carpet.


Our Rainy Day inspector visited Chad’s home and found the presence of iron ochre obstructing his system and accelerating his problems tenfold. Iron ochre is a reddish, gelatinous algae found all over the world. It can easily devastate pipe lines and drainage in homes, resulting in corrosion and leaks. It is truly a nuisance to get rid of. Our WaterGuard is a non-clogging drainage channel can effectively capture water through inlet holes. It is made of durable, inorganic material that will not rot or corrode, remaining hidden beneath a layer of concrete. It is the best defense against problems like iron ochre, and even warrantied for 20 years. Along with a battery back-up sump pump system such as the TripleSafe, Chad will have peace of mind for years to come with a beautiful, dry basement.

Project Summary

System Design Specialist: Jean-Paul Holcomb