Historically, simple floor drains were the only waterproofing system installed in the average Pennsylvania home. If your home is older, you will probably have one of these drains in your basement. They were generally installed in the lowest area of the floor and would be used to drain away water if there was a leak or a broken pipe. The problem with simple drains is that they can be easily clogged and they are usually installed in the soil where tree roots and plants can grow through or into them. If this happens, they will be clogged permanently. These drains are also usually tied into the sewer line so it’s common to have nasty odor coming from these drains.
Many times, a homeowner with a flooded basement and a floor drain will call the plumber instead of a waterproofer like Poseidon Waterproofing because they think this is the best solution to the problem. The plumber will likely be able to use a rodding tool and a camera to see where the clog is in the drain, and they can even remove it. But, how long is it before the very same problem happens again and leaves you with inches of water under your home?