Experienced French Drain Systems Solutions
Protecting Foundations and Landscapes With French Drain Systems
If you have a soggy lawn or continual standing water, the solution may be a French drain. A French drain is excellent at collecting and channeling water, diverting it safely away from your home or yard. If you have any slope in your landscape, you can be sure that water runoff will flow downhill, and by the quickest route possible. If your yard is flat and there is nowhere for water to run, then without proper drainage you will face constant standing water especially if the underlying soil is clay based. Our drainage company can easily diagnose these issues and determine if the French drain is what you need, or if you might also need a sump pump.
The French drain is conceptually very simple. In its most basic form, a French drain is a slightly sloped trench filled with pea size gravel surrounding perforated pipe that’s buried underground. This simple yet effective design helps divert excess water away from your home.
Once we’ve determined the areas where water is collecting on the property, we will map out exactly where the French drain will be located and start the installation process. Once the French drain system is installed, excess surface and subsurface water will channel through the gravel and into the perforated piping, flowing through the trench and away from the property. Some of our clients have the water run into drainage ditches, while others run the water out into the street.
Installing a French drain can be a complicated process which can lead to problems if it’s not done properly. The best way to ensure the job is done correctly is to hire a professional technician from Andy’s Drainage who can ensure your yard drainage system is completed without complication.
Many times we are called in to repair or perform maintenance on drainage systems that have not been designed to meet the needs of the landscape it was intended for. When this happens, we sometimes find it necessary start the process over, and other times we’ll have to reconfigure the drainage making sure the French drain will perform adequately no matter how much rain hits the ground.
Don’t wait until the next hard rain hits–call our drainage technicians to meet with you for a consultation to determine the best solution for your drainage problems.
How We Install French Drains
Water will always flow downhill by the most accessible route possible. That is the basic concept behind a French drain, which is a slightly sloped trench typically filled with gravel and a single pipe to divert water away from the home. The system itself may not seem too challenging, but installation requires careful planning and finesse. A college-educated engineer and an experienced technician must work in tandem to implement the system for modern households.
First, a reliable trench is dug through the landscape. The channel is generally situated outside of the footing of the house and should be at least two feet wide and up to six feet deep. Some are as shallow as two feet for a slab-on-grade home. The drainage pipe is then laid carefully into the soil. It is crucial that the pipeline is sloped from a high starting point and ends at a lower elevation to help excess water drain accurately. From there, the tube is covered by a minimum of 12 inches of washed gravel. Filter fabric is carefully placed over the gravel to prevent soil from clogging the pipe. Finally, topsoil is added to the top.
How French Drains Prevent Foundation Issues
For most, a French drain is designed to move water away from the house – and thereby away from the foundation. The drain, when installed correctly, runs around the entire perimeter of the house at footing level and intercepts excess water before it makes it into the basement. A French drain is a wise investment because foundation repairs can be expensive!
We’re no stranger to severe storms capable of causing immense damage to a landscape or household. As rainwater begins to accumulate, it actively seeks the path of least resistance. That path could lead straight into your foundation. Drainage systems reroute the water away from the house and towards a safer location, where the excess water can be soaked up by the ground or evaporate safely. Please note: We do not perform service on the foundation itself.
A French drain will:
- Minimize the possibility of cracks in the foundation
- Reduce the risk of a wet crawl space
- Prevent mold or mildew growth
Advantages of French Drain Systems
Installing a French drain system provides you with numerous benefits, including:
- Removes Moisture – French drains are designed to reduce moisture from accumulating in your home or property. By installing a French drain, you direct water from severe rainstorms away from your home or garage and towards a lower spot on the property where it can do no damage.
- Easy Installation – Some contractors recommend installing French drains during new construction. With the right equipment, French drains can be installed any time, and easily, too. The tough part is picking where to put the drain. From there, it’s simple!
- Environmentally Friendly – Everyone is looking to go green these days. By adding a French drain, you’re taking a proactive step in the right direction. French drains utilize eco-friendly materials that help the environment.
- Speed – Lastly, French drains are quick to install. The installation process is not overly complex when done by an expert, and the act of removing water is hands-free and simple.