The Ticking Time Bomb You Didn't Know Was In Your Yard

If you are like most homeowners, you do not look forward to unexpected home repairs.  What is worse, is discovering years of water damage, resulting in the formation of mold or a compromised structure. These unexpected home repairs, due to a poor drainage system, can be costly, inconvenient, and stressful.  Thankfully there are drainage systems that can help to prevent this water damage. One of the most reliable and cost effective is the French Drain.

A French drainage system runs downhill from a point source, collecting surface water along the way.  Essentially, it works as a trench lined with gravel. The water collected runs into a percolated pipe and is then released at a location away from the residence.  A French Drain, like most other systems, limits flooding in or around the home was well as flooding to the patio or yard areas. A French Drain can also help to prevent standing water throughout the property that would otherwise serve as a breeding ground for insects.

There are some considerations to keep in mind when installing a French Drain:

  • Pathway

  • Depth

  • Area in which to drain

  • Length of underground pipe

  • Type and size of gravel

  • Noticeability/Aesthetics

City/County regulations

A French Drain can be a perfect solution to preserve the integrity of your landscape if designed and installed properly. 

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