Experienced French Drain System Solutions
Drainage issues can cause severe damage to your home and property if not addressed promptly.
A clogged or overflowing drain can be a real headache. Not only will it ruin your day, but it could also lead to costly repairs down the road.
Our French Drain Systems has been solving drainage problems for homeowners for years. We have the experience and expertise necessary to get the job done right, quickly, and affordably.
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 a 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 correctly. The best way to ensure the job is done properly is to hire a professional technician from Andy’s Drainage who can ensure your yard drainage system is completed without complication.
We are often 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 to 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, however, installation requires careful planning and finesse.
First, a reliable gravel-filled 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. 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.
French Drains and Foundation Water Management
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. 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!
- 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.
French Drain – FAQ
What’s The Cost Of Your Services?
Our prices are very competitive, and we offer a wide range of services to choose from. Contact us for a quote today.
What Are French Drain Systems?
Traditional French drain systems are designed to remove water from an area by channeling it through underground pipes and drains. The water is then discharged into a nearby body of water, such as a lake or stream.
How Do I Know If I Need A French Drain System?
If you have water pooling in your yard or basement, or your foundation is cracking, you may need a French drain system or drain tile. Our experts can assess your situation and recommend the best course of action.
Can I Install A French Drain System Myself?
It is possible to install a French drain system yourself, but it is best to consult with an experienced professional. Our team has the knowledge and experience to ensure that your system is installed correctly and will work effectively.
How Often Do I Need To Clean My French Drain System?
Your French drainage system will need to be cleaned periodically to remove any debris that has accumulated in the system. Our team can clean your system as often as you need, and we offer discounts for regular maintenance.
How Long Do French Drain Systems Last?
French drain systems are designed to last for many years. However, it is essential to have your system inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure that it is functioning correctly.