French Drains

The Purpose Of A French Drain

In order to prevent water from reaching your basement and damaging your home’s foundation, a French drain will create a channel so that water will flow easily away from your home. The water runs into a gravel-filled trench and into a pipe or piping system at the bottom of the trench, which then will empty itself at a good distance from your home, keeping its foundation dry and intact.


Types of French Drains

1.Shallow French Drain

A shallow French drain, also called a curtain drain, is used to divert surface water away from an area where water has a tendency to stand, making the ground soggy. If you’ve noticed that your driveway often gets washed out, a curtain drain may be useful. This type of drain is easy to install as it is usually only 2 feet deep and 1.5 feet across.

2.Deep French Drain

A deep French drain trench, or a footing drain, is used if you have a problem with a wet basement. This type of French drain trench runs around the perimeter of the house and helps to carry water away from your basement.

3.Interior French Drain

If you find it impossible to keep water out of the basement, you have the option of installing an interior French drain. This type of drain intercepts water where it is entering and carries it away from your home. It is installed by cutting a channel around the basement floor and inserting perforated pipe. A solid pipe then carries the water to a tank that has been sunk into the floor, and then a sump pump sends the water away from the basement to a storm drain.

Benefits Of Using French Drains

There may be more than one way to protect your yard from water damage, but French drains are often the best solution for homeowners. Here’s why.

After installation, the French drains are covered and easily hidden within your landscaping. You can tackle a major problem without sacrificing the look of your yard. Contact a Professional at MDH to get your free quote today.

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