During the successive 'atmospheric river' rain storms (late November of 2021) my crawlspace flooded. We reached out to friends and neighbours for recommendations, and spent a lot of time on Google. As water in your crawlspace or basement is never good, and the source is typically underground, as a homeowner, it is difficult to know what the problem is and who to trust. We spent a lot of time on Google researching things we knew little about: drain tile systems, sumps, blockages and collapsed pipes. I also could not find the sump on my property and the City of Surrey file registry only had vague information (home was built in early 1980s).
We contacted a lot of drainage/plumbing companies and several said things like, "it is difficult to know...but it could cost from $15,000 to $80,000." Virtually every company wanted several $hundreds just to show up and/or charged for 'travel time', and would not be able to come for several days.
I discovered Drainrock Industries online and noted that they had excellent reviews. When I contacted the company (online), their response was within a couple of hours. I spoke with the owner (Bob) and he was calm and reassuring and he responded on a Saturday morning. He also wanted my address so that he could check for property plans (sewer and drainage utilities) from the City of Surrey. Bob was the only company contacted that took this extra step.
Drainrock foreman Rylan came to my home early on Monday morning and phoned me first to say that he was on the way. Rylan patiently listened to my concerns and began to manually probe for the sump and he found it within 10 minutes (note - I hired another plumber earlier and he could not find it, and was looking in such unlikely places that I asked him to leave early). With the concrete sump lid open, Rylan then diagnosed the problem and said he would be back the next day to flush line that ran from my property to the City storm system, and run his camera through the lines. He explained that he would also flush my entire draintile system. Rylan called later the same day and said he could fit me in that same afternoon as another job in the area had finished earlier than expected.
Rylan and Justin arrived exactly when they said they would and went to work. They flushed my lines, showed me the camera as it was working in my pipes, including a blockage (where my line met the city line), and they flushed the iron build up). Both men were professional, personable and knowledgeable and, from a homeowner's perspective, very honest.
The entire experience shifted from being very stressful (e.g., pumping water out of my crawlspace late at night, anticipating huge costs, etc.,) to manageable due to the incredibly professional, knowledgeable, reliable and honest service provided by Drainrock Industries.
If you have water in your basement or crawlspace or dealing with significant drainage issues, call Drainrock first. This is what they do - from a simpler line flush or camera inspection to a more complex excavation and repair or replacement solution, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are getting excellent, skilled and honest service at a very fair price, and from good people with integrity (who know what they are doing). I could not be happier with the service received from Drainrock, during difficult and wet conditions. Thank you Bob, Rylan and Justin - you exceeded my expectations and I am genuinely grateful.
- Company Response
"Atmospheric rivers" is the drainage term of 2021!
In the 30 years that we have been servicing, repairing and replacing perimeter drainage, we have never seen this much precipitation and how impacting it has been. We understand the stress that comes with the unknown of water ingress, where does it come from, how do we fix it, and how much will it cost. Taking an educated approach by using municipal records, finding your storm sump, and an onsite visit all help us with becoming educated about your problem and providing a viable solution. We are very grateful for you taking the time to describe your experience and hopefully it will help others in understanding what they should expect, not just from Drainrock Industries, but from other drainage companies as well.