French Drains Can Be Your Solution To Water Drainage Problems


One of the biggest threats to your home is water. It starts with the roof, the walls, window seals, and in the end the drainage around your home. If you ever don’t have proper drainage around your house, water will accumulate under your home causing rot, mold, and begin to undermine your foundation. One time tested solution for managing water away from your house is a French drain.

French drains comprise of a trench dug approximately 18″ wide and 24″ deep. Typical configurations include drain rock, a perforated pipe , and filter fabric to cover the drain rock and pipe from getting blocked with dirt and debris. Consideration should be given to proper slope to move the water in the proper direction.

Water from a French drain is typically routed to a dry well, garden beds, or other drainage areas. A common approach is to route the water to the street where rainwater is already properly managed. In many areas, hooking up the drain to the sewer system is illegal, because it overwhelms the sewage treatment plants.

Most of the time, French drains are connected to sump pumps. The sump pump will pump water to a location which could not be normally reached due to improper slope or location. Proper sump pump system design is crucial to the success of your French drain in these types of applications. Sump pump systems are comprised of a drainage barrel and also a sump pump. Sump pumps have to be attached to properly grounded GFI outlets for safety reasons. Sump pumps are triggered by float switch that detects water beyond a certain level, and automatically turning on the sump pump. The proper horsepower pump and a good quality pump that can handle the ideal volume of water without clogging is very important for hassle free operation. Sump pumps are generally pumped to the front yard area where they’re able to drain on to the street.

French drains are normally installed around perimeters of houses, on the downslope area of on -coming surface water from hills, and as well connected to downspouts to maneuver water away from the house.

There are plenty of considerations in designing a French drain system. An expert drainage contractor can solve all the design issues for you. For many people, their home is the largest investment they have. It is smart to protect your home with proper drainage. Call a reputable French drain contractor to assist you to solve your water problems.

Learn more about general contractor. Stop by Paul Herbert’s site where you can find out all about French Drains and what it can do for you.

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