A French drain is nothing more than a ditch in the ground, inset with a perforated pipe under a layer of gravel. That pipe funnels storm water away from where you don’t want it—along the foundation, for example—and deposits that water in a more desirable place, such as the municipal storm drain or a backyard rain barrel.
Whereas gutters collect precipitation as it runs off the roof, French drains manage water at ground level. Does water tend to pool in a low spot on your property after a rainstorm? Rerouting the flow of water with a French drain would alleviate that problem.
A French drain also provides a solution for basements that admit water through the foundation. In these “wet” basements, water presses against the foundation and gradually leaks through. With a French drain, however, water near the foundation can be rerouted and deposited elsewhere.
If water continues to invade your basement despite seemingly adequate outdoor drainage, an indoor French drain installation may be necessary. Installation involves cutting a trench in the basement slab along the perimeter of the foundation, laying pipe in the trench, and putting in a sump pump to move water from the interior to the exterior.
Different problems call for different tools to fix them. In the same way that we wouldn’t use a hammer to drive in a screw, we do not use the same drain system for every basement waterproofing job we complete.
Each of our drainage systems is designed to address a different, unique challenge that you may be facing. Some of these challenges involve the way your home has been designed, while others address unusual basement water issues, such as iron ochre. We offer a wide selection of French drain systems to choose from.
Whether installed in the yard or the basement, a French drain works on the same principles – a trench is dug with a slope in the direction you want the water to go. Our team of expert design specialists and installation crews work diligently to ensure the water drains appropriately away from your property.
If you’re experiencing damaging water drainage issues, don’t hesitate to call Complete Basement Systems. We provide full inspections and FREE, no-obligation estimates. We’d love to provide a permanent solution to your home’s problems! Don’t wait – call TODAY!