Three Reasons to Plan your French Drain Installation now

October 25th, 2018
Homeowners in this part of North Carolina sometimes undertake residential improvement projects in a very organized manner. Helping maintain a dry, comfortable home ranks near the top on the priority lists of most people. If you’ve considered securing the services of a skilled waterproofing contractor to assist you by installing a new French Drain system in your yard, taking action now to confirm your project dates makes a lot of sense.

What Is a “French Drain”?

Property owners in this region often depend upon well-constructed French Drains to channel water away from foundations and other important outdoor structures, into desired directions. The “drain” itself includes a gravel filled ditch containing a unique type of pipe. The pipe allows rainwater runoff to enter it and travel towards the desired displacement field. It supplies a versatile way to rearrange rainwater runoff patterns across a residential lot.

While French Drains will eventually require maintenance attention (or even replacement), they sometimes serve as the workhorses for charming landscaping and beautification projects. Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions helps our customers design their French Drains to serve as attractive components of their grounds. Properties with correctly built French Drains enjoy eye-catching curb appeal!

Three Reasons to Take Action

At least three strong reasons support planning this type of project with care. Reserving your window of time for project implementation as early as possible helps construction proceed more smoothly. If you’ve contemplated contacting a contractor to discuss French Drain installation, why should you take this action well in advance?

1. In most situations, it makes sense to install a French Drain as part of a comprehensive waterproofing plan.

Before asking a contractor to install a French Drain in the yard, a homeowner may benefit by requesting a residential waterproofing inspection of the entire property. Why? This step provides important information concerning the flow of rainwater through the grounds. A waterproofing expert may assist the homeowners in developing the most cost-effective ways to provide a water free residence.

For instance, a waterproofing inspection may reveal the need for improvements such as the installation of an additional sump pump in the basement, the sealing of a crawl space, or the installation of a rooftop gutter system. In some (but certainly not all) cases, the French Drain may rank as a less urgent home improvement than some other basic waterproofing measures.

2. Careful advance planning allows a homeowner to select the best surface features for a new French Drain.

By working closely with an experienced contractor to design and implement a French Drain, the homeowner enjoys an excellent opportunity to make decisions concerning the final appearance of the French Drain in the yard. For example, in some cases, property owners may decide to install a stone footpath over the top of the gravel surface of the French Drain. It makes sense to coordinate this type of planning with the construction team.

Since French Drains permit the property owner to prevent water from pooling in unwelcome locations and to re-allocate rainwater runoff to other sections of the yard, these types of drains often play a helpful landscaping role. A homeowner who has always dreamed of installing a garden in a part of the yard with poor irrigation may finally accomplish this goal as a result of the use of a carefully planned French Drain.

3. Advanced planning may allow customers to save money on French Drain construction under some circumstances.

Finally, in some cases property owners discover they reduce the overall cost of a French Drain construction project by working closely with their contractor. For example, if several customers in the same neighborhood all request this improvement and they are willing to coordinate the installation dates, the contractor may manage to save money on aggregates purchased in bulk for the project.

Cost savings may not occur in every case. However, frequently advanced scheduling of French Drain installation projects permits contractors to complete the construction phase more cost-effectively. This situation ultimately benefits customers, too!

Enhancing Your Home’s Grounds

Would you like assistance designing and installing a new French Drain? Or help repairing and restoring an aging French Drain? Simply contact Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions in the Greater Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Southern Pines area. We assist customers by providing a variety of vital waterproofing services. Our firm possesses extensive experience constructing and maintaining drainage systems, including French Drains.

We’ll schedule an appointment with you to preview your grounds and evaluate your home’s waterproofing systems. If your property would benefit from the installation of a French Drain, we’ll work closely with you to implement this project. Call us at 919-235-5219, or use the convenient online contact form to tell us the best time to speak with you.

Sources

1. https://www.drainagenwaterproofing.com/french-drains/

When Disaster Strikes: Five Steps to Take After Your Basement Floods

February 12th, 2018

When Disaster Strikes: Five Steps to Take After Your Basement Floods
Customers frequently contact us after discovering water drainage problems. What steps should you take immediately if water begins pooling in your home’s basement? Unfortunately, this type of emergency sometimes occurs with little warning. Consider following these guidelines during the aftermath of a home flood:

Basement Floods

One: Think Safety First!

If your basement begins flooding, you’ll want to make the safety of yourself and your loved ones your top priority. Water collecting inside a residence potentially causes many problems. Make sure you evacuate your household members and your pets from the basement.

If necessary, you may need to contact emergency services in this potentially dangerous situation. Pay especially close attention to electricity and electrical outlets in the basement; water in contact with electricity can cause serious injuries because it will transmit an electrical charge. In fact, wet electrical wires sometimes start house fires! So even if the water pooling in the lower level of the residence does not appear life-threatening, you’ll want to proceed cautiously. Try and avoid allowing anyone to come into contact with the water as you evacuate your basement.

Two: Evaluate The Scope of The Problem

It usually makes sense during the initial phase of addressing a flooded home to prevent electricity from entering the basement. An electrician can help you perform this task safely. Also, especially if you have not yet ascertained the source of leaking water, you’ll find it helpful to shut off the water to your residence until you can assess the extent of damage. Most houses contain a shut-off valve accessible from the yard.

After ensuring electricity and water can’t impact anyone in the basement, take a flashlight or hand-held lantern and evaluate the water level. Is the water still rising after you’ve closed the emergency valve? Under no circumstances should you wade into a flood! If leaking water in the basement rises above ankle level, you’ll want to speak with your local municipal sewer department about the best way to remove this wastewater. Follow their instructions. Then contact your insurance agent. Although in many cases homeowner’s policies won’t cover flood damage, in some situations you may obtain assistance. If you enjoy coverage, you’ll likely need to document the extent of the losses for your agent. Make that phone call before initiating a cleanup!

Three: Obtain Effective Water Cleanup

In many cases, resolving a basement flood simply involves allowing pooled water to flow out through an existing floor drain. If your basement lacks this feature, you may find it useful to hire a water damage restoration company to help you clean the premises. These types of firms specialize in sanitizing and restoring homes and businesses following severe flooding. They use specialized equipment to sop up large quantities of water and dry out personal belongings correctly.

Extended damp conditions in flooded basements allow mold and mildew to flourish. You’ll want to take appropriate action to ensure you completely dry and clean any belongings and household surfaces impacted by the water. (If your insurance coverage provides assistance in this situation, follow your insurer’s directions in regard to the clean up process.)

Four: Seek Waterproofing Assistance

After you’ve removed the pooled water and cleaned the premises, you’ll want to take action to prevent a recurrence of flooding, if possible. Many homeowners benefit by seeking experienced professional waterproofing assistance at this point. The company you hire will inspect and evaluate the conditions in your basement. Ask the firm to provide detailed recommendations for useful improvements.

This list may include installing an interior drain system, floor drains, sump pump, or possibly modifying landscaping features. For instance, your expert may suggest installing a French Drain in the yard to help prevent water pooling near the home. Today a variety of useful tools assist waterproofing. Implementing these measures helps protect residential basements and foundations.

Five: Correct Underlying Causes of Water Damage

Homeowners should consider taking action promptly to obtain dry basements. Flooded basements sometimes create significant hazards. In many situations, waterproofing proves surprisingly affordable!

If you’ve encountered flooding in your home in the past, you may find it helpful to confer with your insurance company and your mortgage company. Inquire about the best ways to finance comprehensive waterproofing. Often drawing up a written proposal for implementing waterproofing recommendations and attaching supporting documentation proves useful when discussing this issue with lenders.

Waterproofing Services

When you require assistance obtaining a dry basement or sealed crawl space in Raleigh, Southern Pines, or Fayetteville area, consider contacting Drainage & Waterproofing Solution,LLC” for fast, experienced service. We help homeowners and businesses implement effective solutions for drainage and waterproofing problems. Our company offers free quotes. Contact us at 919-235-5219 for assistance. We look forward to helping you!

Useful Information:

1. https://www.hunker.com/12487258/what-happens-when-electrical-wiring-gets-wet

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your French Drain System

January 23rd, 2018

Many homeowners choose to install French Drain Systems to redirect the flow of water. These drains will carry rainwater and melting snow away from undesirable areas (such as locations adjoining the foundation) and transport the flow in a preferred direction after sending it through a gravel-filled underground channel. Since this technology has existed for hundreds of years, even older properties sometimes possess one (or more) French Drains. These landscaping features typically require periodic maintenance to remain effective. Here are three tips to get the most out of your French Drain System :

 

Tip One: Pay Attention to Water Movement Across Your Yard

You’ll want to remain alert to the appearance of your yard during the course of the year. Do soggy spots develop in certain locations after a heavy rainstorm and remain visible for weeks or months afterwards? Have you noticed pooled water on the grounds? Does the soil around you home’s foundation always feel wet?

If you keep noticing these conditions, you may benefit by taking action. The time may have arrived to request a French Drain inspection. By ensuring you prevent water from pooling near your home’s slab or foundation, you’ll help safeguard the available lifespan of the dwelling. Standing water in this site may ultimately damage the building.

Tip Two: Request a Biannual French Drain Inspection

Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” suggests property owners with functional French Drain system should consider seeking an inspection on at least a biannual basis. You’ll want to make certain French Drains continues to operate as intended. Over the course of time, these drains eventually cease working, one reason why some older properties often contain multiple French Drain sites.

French Drains are highly effective tools in many settings. They help extend the useful lifespan of man-made structures. Today, these underground channels often perform important landscaping roles. For example, a French Drain may prevent one section of a large yard from becoming a dank mosquito habitat during most of the year. This ancient technology continues to serve a very useful purpose!

Schedule a French Drain System Inspection

Did you know, Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” offers valuable assistance to property owners in the Fayetteville, Southern Pines and nearby areas by inspecting existing French Drains? If you’ve already invested in this feature, you’ll want to ensure you maintain it in good working condition. We can help you ascertain whether or not this type of drain still works correctly to help protect your home by providing effective water relocation.

Tip Three: Inform Your Real Estate Agent About French Drains on The Property

If you do decide to sell or lease your residence in this area, it remains a smart idea to let your real estate agent know about the existence of any French Drains on your property. Providing maintenance records assures your agent and prospective buyers or renters you’ve taken steps to maintain this feature in good working condition. Disclosing this information could help prevent miscommunications or misunderstandings at a later date.

During recent years, property inspections prior to closing real estate transactions have become more common. Although the condition of the residence remains the primary focus of this activity, it makes sense to let an inspector know about the location and condition of French Drains. The inspector should appreciate the function of the drain; if not, you’ll want to clarify this issue. A well maintained, properly working French Drain testifies to the care and attention you’ve invested in the condition of your real estate.

Request French Drain Information During a Real Estate Purchase

As a preliminary matter, if you’ve considered purchasing a residence in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines, or outlying areas, you’ll want to ask your real estate agent about the presence of any French Drains on the property. Request permission to review the seller’s maintenance records for this type of drain as you evaluate the real estate. Often, home owners do not keep these materials available. However, if the seller can supply this information, you’ll learn the full details of the location and condition of working French Drains on the property.

For all your French Drain and Waterproofing needs

Call us at 919-235-5219 to request a consultation.

Useful Information:

1. https://www.drainagenwaterproofing.com/french-drains/
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_drain
3. www.popularmechanics.com/home/outdoor-projects/a27541/open-up-clogged-french-drain/

French Drains: Not For a DIY Project List!

March 21st, 2017

Solving Soggy Problems

In some locations, property owners face recurring soggy spots in lawns and (sometimes) basements. A “French Drain” may provide a highly effective “last resort” solution. However, experts caution installing this seemingly simple technology requires specialized training. A typical homeowner should probably avoid tackling such a complex project, because an incorrectly placed or constructed French Drain could contribute to serious long term structural problems impacting the foundation. Hiring an experienced drain contractor typically represents a more timely, cost-effective strategy.

Pooling Water: A Concern Inside (and Outside)

Water collecting regularly in the basement of a home requires attention. Over the course of months or years, this situation causes a deterioration in the basement and the foundation. As water seeps into the interior, it gradually creates cavities and cracks. Weakened building foundations eventually lead to structural problems, potentially shortening the useful lifespan of the building.

Similarly, water pooling regularly in a yard also causes concern for property owners. Tending wet, soggy lawns proves challenging. In addition to the physical difficulty of mowing effectively in these environments, residents in some locations may experience problems with mosquito infestations. These pesky biting insects breed copiously in standing pools of warm shallow water. Yards which remain soggy for extended periods of time also create muddy, odoriferous zones around the home.

French drain system

A Versatile Approach

Fortunately, in both these scenarios, a “French Drain” often supplies an excellent solution. Due to the expense involved, it usually represents a last resort strategy. However, both basement repair companies and landscapers sometimes rely upon this option to assist customers in removing unwanted water from living areas. In fact, this popular drain has even acquired some colorful descriptive names: “weeping tile drain”,”sub-soil drain”, “rock drain” and “perimeter drain”.

In theory, a “French Drain” appears quite simple. It relies upon straightforward ditch technology to collect and carry water away from the home. An experienced contractor will install this solution either (1) inside the residence, along the edges of the basement, or (2) outside along the exterior perimeter of the basement foundation. It proves helpful to consult with a structural engineer before undertaking this complex process, of course.

French Drains Inside Basements

Unfortunately, a French Drain inside the basement does not completely eliminate water entry; this tool simply collects water as soon as possible and channels it back outside again. In damp locations, it nevertheless provides a valuable way to help minimize water pooling indoors.

A contractor with expertise in waterproofing will excavate insite around th edge of the basement in order to install an encompassing perforated drain pipe and an associated sump pump. The contractor buries the pipe in a gravel trench and then applies new concrete. In some cases, a homeowner may also choose to install a home generator to support the 24/7 operation of the sump pump during severe storms causing power outages. Although frequently costly, these efforts may help prevent some expensive basement floods.

French Drains Outdoors

When a waterproofing contractor installs a French Drain along the exterior foundation wall, essentially a similar process occurs, with one important additional step. Typically, this installation requires the use of heavy machinery to completely temporarily uncover the basement foundation. The contractor then applies waterproof sealant to the exterior of the exposed basement walls, before laying a new perimeter trench of pipe (inside loose gravel) and cutting a channel directing water away from the residence. The slope of the land around the home dictates whether installing an exterior sump pump becomes necessary to control water flows.

While usually exterior French Drains involve hefty installation costs (these projects require extensive digging), this strategy offers a wonderful tool for keeping a basement dry. When the new “perimeter drain” functions effectively, water won’t seep inside. Plus, the contractor does not need to cut into the basement floor. By involving a landscaper in the planning phase, it may become possible to use this technique to also resolve problematic soggy spots in the yard. The buried gravel trench can direct the water towards a desired exit point, such as a neighborhood storm drain or agricultural ditch.

Use Gutters And Drain Spouts

Waterproofing experts advise homeowners to use reliable gutter and extended drain spout systems in conjunction with both types of French Drains. By ensuring rainwater flowing off the roof won’t soak into the ground close to the foundation, property owners help reinforce the beneficial results of underground pipes channeling water away from the basement.

Although the process of installing a French drain often causes short term disruptions (especially to landscaping near the home), this technology sometimes helps real estate owners avoid serious problems associated with water damage. It has become a valuable waterproofing solution!