French Drains: What are They and Why You Need Them

French Drains: What are They and Why You Need Them all aspects waterproofing

If you have water drainage issues on your property, a French drain is an effective and efficient drainage system

If you have water drainage issues on your property, a French drain is an effective and efficient drainage system that can help prevent excess water on your property. Learning about French drains and how they work can assist you in determining whether this kind of drainage system is right for your property. Let’s go over everything you need to know about french drains.

What is a French Drain?

A French drain is a pipe installed in the ground to collect rainwater. French drains are often used in yards and in basements that have drainage issues.  French drains are used to transport excess water off your property where it will do no damage. Gravel is set on top of the pipe to allow water to flow through the ground and to the drain since water flows through rock more quickly than soil.

Signs You Need a French Drain

If you are unsure of what type of drainage system to use, consider if any of the following apply to your situation.

Basement Water

Water inside your basement is a clear indication that there are drainage problems around your property. Luckily, French drains are not just for yard drainage; and they are used to protect your home as well. If you experience frequent basement leaks, a French drain can be beneficial. It can also protect your foundation from developing further issues if you have water already leaking into your basement.

Puddles in the Yard

If you have puddles in your yard or around your home, it can pose a severe problem. Puddles mean that your soil cannot absorb any more water. Essentially, this is a sign of a drainage problem, and installing a French drain can fix the problem.

Soggy Yard

If you walk in your yard and notice the grass is wet and soggy, it could also indicate drainage issues. Too much moisture can harm your grass and restrict its growth. If your yard can not drain very well due to low spots or a poor grading, a French drain can remedy the problem.

You Have a Retaining Wall

If you have or are planning to install a retaining wall, it is a good idea to install a French drain as well. Retaining walls prevent erosion and provide support to your home. In fact, a French drain will prevent water from flowing back towards your foundation and pooling at the bottom of the wall.

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