Water damage and flooding in the basement or crawl space is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, and for good reason. Here at Crawlspaces and More, we’ve dedicated ourselves to keeping our clients homes dry and safe through our innovative solutions.

What is a French Drain?

A French drain is a specially constructed trench filled with gravel and a perforated pipe that redirects surface and groundwater away from a structure. Named after Henry French, who popularized the concept in the 19th century, this system is designed to prevent soil saturation near the building’s foundation.

Benefits of Installing a French Drain

  • Flood Prevention: By leading water away from your home, French drains reduce the risk of flooding in your basement and crawl space areas.
  • Mold and Mildew Prevention: Keeping water away from your foundation means less dampness and fewer opportunities for mold and mildew to grow.

When to Use a French Drain 

Slope Towards House: If your property slopes towards your home, rainwater naturally flows towards the foundation. A French drain can redirect this water and protect your property.

High Water Table: In areas where the water table is high, a French drain can be used to lower the water level around the foundation, preventing damage.

Waterlogged Basement: If your basement frequently becomes waterlogged after heavy rains, a French drain can be a crucial asset. By diverting water away from your home, it can prevent basement flooding and protect your belongings from water damage.

Stay ahead of the water damage curve and protect your investment. Contact us today at 800-701-9828 to assess the best strategy for mitigating flooding or water intrusion in your basement or crawl space.

Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ever-wonder-why-its-a-french-drain-its-got-nothing-to-do-with-france/2015/07/15/5b7f326c-2b15-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html