No 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.