If you have water drainage problems on your property, a French drain is an effective and straightforward drainage system that can help rid your property of excess water. Knowing what a French drain is and how it works can help you decide whether or not this type of drainage system is right for your home.
What is a French drain?
A French drain is a pipe placed in the ground to collect rain water. French drains are often used in yards and in basements that have drainage problems. French drains are used to transport excess water to low lying areas where the water will do no damage.
How does a French drain work?
A French drain usually consists of a wide pipe perforated with holes that has been buried in the ground. Usually French drains are angled downward to keep water rolling through the pipe. To enable water to flow through the ground to the drain, gravel is placed on top of the pipe, because water flows through gravel more easily than soil.
Who can benefit from a French drain?
French drains are an effective solution on properties that have chronic water drainage problems. Your property may benefit from a French drain if:
the soil is often soggy and standing water is common.
the basement floods regularly.
your yard includes a retaining wall on a hillside.
What are the advantages of a French drain?
If you’re thinking about getting a French drain installed on your property, you’ll want to know what makes a French drain better than other drainage options. Some of the advantages of this type of drain include:
French drains have no moving parts, which can make them less likely to break down or stop working.
If installed properly by a qualified plumber, a French drain can last for a very long time.
In some circumstances, shallow French drains can be easy to install as a DIY project.
If you have any questions, please contact us. We would be happy to help.