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French Drains Protect Basements

French DrainNo one likes a wet basement. It renders the rooms uncomfortable and unsanitary — if useable at all. One common feature used to keep basements dry until the surrounding dirt compacts is a French drain.

A French drain is a hollow pipe, covered in fabric. The pipe is laid in a ditch next to the foundation or wherever excess water builds up. The pipe is covered with gravel and then topped with dirt. This system redirects surface and ground water away from the building foundation, keeping the inside of your house free from water damage and mess.

This week a french drain was installed along the front side of the foundation. This will keep the water outside where it belongs, instead of in our storage unit, garage, or recreation room. The materials only cost a few hundred dollars and are well worth the price, given the service rendered.

French Drain Pipe

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  • Neo December 23, 2009, 4:00 am

    The idea of using French drains is nice and good.Its also good for the building.


  • Daniel May 25, 2011, 1:11 am

    French drains can be a real life saver, just make sure they are graded correctly to flow in one direction – towards a drain.

  • STC December 9, 2015, 7:52 am

    If you are looking for someone to install your grease trap, make sure you get someone with experience. Make sure to ask how long the person preforming the installation has been in the business. Another important aspect is to find out if other restaurants have found the grease traps that they have had installed worked out well for them in the long run. Don’t forget cost either, make sure non of the reviews say that they felt ripped off by the installation company.

  • David Laniado April 3, 2016, 10:44 pm

    I have a french drain that runs under my interlocking block retaining wall. The soil is washing out beneath the wall and also downhill (as the perforated pipe feeds into a retention pond) I have somewhat stabalized the wall by packing gravel in the washout point, but am concerned about a long term fix. What do I need to do to alliviate the problem?
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