Foundation Repair · French Drains

Water drainage issues in the compound result in excess moisture that has far-reaching impacts on a foundation. The best way to handle this situation is to install a french drain to channel the water away from your property.

A French Drain is beneficial in the following ways.

  • It collects excess water from underneath soil, thus preventing issues such as basement flooding and foundation cracking.
  • French drains are effective in protecting the structures of any existing retaining wall.
  • French drains are easy to install and cost-effective to maintain.
  • It does not interfere with your home’s beauty as you can covered it with grass, flowerbeds, or any softscape.

What is a French Drain?

A french drain refers to a ditch surrounded by a layer of gravel or small stones for proper drainage. It uses gravity to collect and redirect both surface and underground water from a saturated area to a different place. The french drain is angled downwards to enhance positive drainage.
The first step in installing a french drain is digging a trench measuring approximately two feet wide and six feet deep. From here, slope the pipe down to the direction you want the water to travel and cover it with gravel.

Though doable on your own, it’s always advisable to have professional help. Locates must always be studied (city report outlining underground pipes and wires) to ensure no electrical or gas lines get punctured during the excavation process. Such a move will save you a lot of headaches and leave you with a permanent solution.

What is a French Drain?

A french drain refers to a ditch surrounded by a layer of gravel or small stones for proper drainage. It uses gravity to collect and redirect both surface and underground water from a saturated area to a different place. The french drain is angled downwards to enhance positive drainage.
The first step in installing a french drain is digging a trench measuring approximately two feet wide and six feet deep. From here, slope the pipe down to the direction you want the water to travel and cover it with gravel.

Though doable on your own, it’s always advisable to have professional help. Locates must always be studied (city report outlining underground pipes and wires) to ensure no electrical or gas lines get punctured during the excavation process. Such a move will save you a lot of headaches and leave you with a permanent solution.

Different Types of French Drains

WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing System

It is a well-designed interior basement drainage system that solves basement water problems without clogging from the soil underneath. WaterGuard drainage is instilled inside the basement, and it captures wall and floor seepage before it can get to the basement floor.

WaterGuard basement drainage system works by letting water in through its inlet holes which then travels through the drainage pipe to the sump pump. To avoid blockage from dirt, the WaterGuard basement waterproofing system is placed above the footer.

This drainage channel has large holes placed at the back that work to let in the excess water. It also has a flange with segments that help in draining the water from basement wall leaks. WaterGuard basement waterproofing system is compatible with different foundations ranging from stone, poured concrete, amongst others.

TrenchDrain Grated Drainage Pipe

TrenchDrain grate drainage system works to provide an elongated surface for water found in outside areas such as driveways, sidewalks and beneath an uncluttered roof. This drainage system is set into the ground and helps avoid water damage by diverting water into a lesser damaging area.

When used together with sump pump systems, it helps remove water from low-lying areas. TrenchDrain is installable in different environments such as concrete, asphalt, tuff grass, and gravel, to name a few. TrenchDrains come in various materials such as plastic, galvanized steel, cast iron grates, and HDPE trenches.

What you decide to use will depend on the area you are draining water from and your personal preference. The first step in installing this type of drainage system is creating a trench necessary for the drainage elements.

After digging the trench, place the appropriate connector to a water disposal channel, such as a waterway pipe or storm sewer. From here, you can go ahead and install the trench drain.

DryTrak Baseboard Drain Pipe

Most homes have a foundation with three built-in pieces (floor, walls, and foundation footing). This type of drainage system addresses people living in homes with monolithic floors, comprising a foundation with a base and footing.

Monolithic floors have thick edges that are difficult to jackhammer. With these pipes, no jackhammering is needed during installation. At this point, the structure of DryTrak Baseboard drain pipes becomes necessary for its capability of being installed above the floor.

Moreover, this type of drainage system is placed above the mud zone to fight clogging, and it’s ideal for collecting water from walls and floor joints.

FlowGuard Thin Floor

It is the ideal drainage system for homes containing thin floors. FlowGuard Thin Floor collects water from the basement walls using a wall flange. The collected water is then directed to a drain system of your choice.

FlowGuard thin floor drainage channel is installed in front of the foundation footer. You don’t have to worry about appearance as this type of drainage system is designed to fit smoothly underneath thin floors providing a clean and finished build.

Conclusion

It is essential to maintain a dry basement for the sake of your family’s well-being and your home’s health. As stated above, there are many french drain options based on multiple factors.

To acquire the best results, make sure to consult us to help in assessing your home’s situation and help decide on the best french drain for your situation.

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