French Drains

Water is one of the most persistent foes that a homeowner will face. It will, given enough time, overcome any method of waterproofing to lead to a damaged crawlspace or flooded basement. A properly installed French Drain could be the answer.

The good news is that water is something that can be combated effectively. We are experts in creating lasting solutions that are designed to shield your home from the negative things that water can do.

French drains represent one of the most useful structures involved in waterproofing a home. They do everything from redirecting water to ensuring that it can be dispersed over a larger area than would otherwise be allowed.

By understanding the versatility of these drains, you may be able to better protect your home from water damage.

What is a French Drain?

French drain expert

French drains are drains that capture water, divert it a certain distance, filter it through a gravel-laden channel, then deposit it to another area that typically has a heightened surface area. This redirects water and moves it to a place that will allow excess water to be removed.

The main advantage of these drains is the fact that they are self-contained and versatile. A french drain can be, for example, used in the middle of a yard where there are recurrent puddles. It can divert the water to drain in a larger region than the yard would allow to prevent the accumulation of things like rain water.

When it comes to waterproofing a basement, french drains become particularly useful in the way that they can divert and concentrate water. A french drain can be installed near one or more perimeter walls to divert water to another area.

Does a French Drain Last Forever?

Unlike things like diamonds and love, a french drain does not last forever. Sediment, which includes everything from decaying leaf particles to dirt, will eventually clog a french drain until it becomes too restrict to be used.

This means that a french drain does have a limited life span, but the good news is that replacing it tends to be relatively easy. Once the problematic area has been located by a waterproofing expert, the functionality of a drain can be restored.

This means that one of the major challenges faced by an owner of a french drain is to have it regularly serviced and inspected. We recommend having your drain inspected bi-annually at a minimum.

How Does a French Drain Compare to Other Waterproofing Measures?

The french drain represents one of the most effective ways of removing a large amount of water. It acts as a highway that is preferred by excess water, which in turn helps to ensure that large volumes of water do not harm your foundation nor your basement.

When compared to other solutions, this drain is an effective component for waterproofing your home. It does not, however, represent the end-all for keeping water out of your home or basement.

Small amounts of water may passively leak into your home. The best way to safeguard against this minor amount of water is to ensure that you have a plastic or stone barrier that seals water outside of your home.

The thing to understand about this is that each type of waterproofing works differently. The best solution requires protection against major and minor water infiltration. This helps your foundation and basement last a longer time due to the reduced effects of erosion.

Do You Need a French Drain?

While the uses of a french drain are relatively straightforward, deciding when one is appropriate tends to be more complicated. Your property’s natural water drainage, the condition of your foundation (and basement if present) and a long list of factors will determine if a french drain will ultimately be useful for you.

To see what your home needs to be protected against water, contact us to schedule a free evaluation. Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions Inc takes pride in offering our customers effective, long-lasting waterproofing measures that will prevent the damage that uncontrolled water can do.
Call (919) 235-5219 to speak to us today.