How French Drains Work
Though you may be proud of your yard, there are probably some areas that handle water better than others. For example, an area that is mostly in the shade might accumulate more water due to the relative lack of evaporation. If this area is close to your home, you could experience serious foundation problems over time. Luckily, French drains can help. Here’s how:
- French drain basics
The French drain’s predecessors were slightly-angled ditches filled with gravel. By the 19th century, a man named Henry French added carefully-laid roofing tile to allow a better flow of water. A modern French drain is basically an angled ditch containing a length of perforated pipe that is surrounded by gravel or sand. French drains are typically placed in areas that see an excess of water, and run from a high point in the yard to a low point.
- Movement of water
The purpose of the French drain is to spread water more evenly over a given space. The gravel and sand allows the water to percolate easily down to the pipe, through which the water enters via a system of holes. The water is then carried down the length of the pipe and emptied far away from the initial problem area. If there is an extraordinary amount of water, the French drain can even act as temporary storage.
- Benefits for your property
If you allow water to collect around the base of your home, it’s only a matter of time before it seeps into your basement or foundation. Luckily, a well-placed French drain can ensure that much of the water is quickly transported to a place where it can’t do any damage to your home. By installing a French drain, you’ll save a lot of money on foundation repairs down the road.
If you have any questions about French drains, contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We’re proud to provide our clients with high-quality corrective drainage systems, as well as top-notch foundation repair. Call us today at (972) 484-1200 to make sure that your home is protected.