French drains have become an increasingly popular drainage option for homeowners over the years. A French drain is a gravel-filled and slightly-sloped trench with a perforated pipe that uses gravity to redirect water away from your house. The pipe is wrapped in landscaping fabric that allows water to pass through but prevents grass, soil, and other debris from getting into the pipe.
French drains are a cost-effective option and can last anywhere between 30 to 40 years. These drains are a great solution for two major problems: water accumulating in low areas of the lawn and wet basements.
If standing water causes your lawn to become a soggy mess, then French drains are the perfect choice. The drain should be installed in problem areas, so you, your children, and your pets can enjoy a dry lawn.
Wet basements happen when water pools around the foundation and begins to seep into the basement. This can lead to costly issues, such as water damage, mold growth, wood rot, and more. To solve this problem, you can either have an exterior or interior French drain installed. The exterior drain will be installed around the perimeter of your home, while the interior drain will be installed around the perimeter of your basement floor.
Although French drains can be installed as a DIY project, it is recommended that a professional handle the installation. The drain needs to be properly sloped and the right materials need to be used or your water problem will continue to occur. You could also risk damaging gas or water lines when digging the trench.
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