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French drains have been used successfully to divert water away from homes for centuries. They are sometimes also known as trench drains or weeping tiles. Regardless of what it’s called, the main idea of a French drain is to divert water away from a home or business to avoid damage, specifically damage to a foundation. These drains are often used in areas prone to flooding.

What is a French Drain?

At its core, a French drain is a very simple device. A trench is dug from the area where water generally accumulates toward an area that will allow it to runoff. The trench must be sloped away from the problem area so that gravity will draw the accumulated water away. A drain is then added to the trench. That drain can be made from a variety of different materials, but it’s usually made of PVC or flexible corrugated plastic, and it must contain enough small holes to allow the water to enter. The trench is filled with small rocks or pea gravel. The gravel or rocks act as a natural filter and keep the tiny holes in the drain from filling with soil, mud, and other debris.

The result is an efficient underground drain system that pulls standing water away from a foundation. These drain systems can be complicated and may involve many different tunnels, all ending in one large drain runoff line. These scenarios are often seen in larger yards and in yards where there are multiple areas prone to flooding. The most important aspect of a basic French drain is that it must be angled correctly in order to facilitate water runoff.

There are specific scenarios where a French drain system is installed alongside a sump pump. The drain itself is almost identical to the basic design described above, with one small difference: the addition of a sump pump in some sort of low-lying pit area. The purpose of the pit is to collect water in the flood-prone area. When the water level in the pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump will activate and pump water from the pit, through the French drain, and finally into the runoff area. These types of systems have the advantage of being able to move larger volumes of water more quickly and can be used in situations where the drain may need to move uphill for a certain distance. The main two disadvantages are that some pumps will eventually need to be replaced and usually run on electricity. Which means that if your power goes out during a storm, the sump pump will not run.

As you can see, French drains are simplistic in their design. However, they are not easy to install correctly and require a tremendous amount of labor in order to dig the trenches. French drains can be an integral part of any yard, and when installed correctly, they are an efficient method to remove unwanted, standing water. And by doing so, your home or business foundation will last much longer and require fewer repairs.

If you think your yard could benefit from a French drain, call the experts at Foundation Repair Pros today.

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