French drains are a great way to alleviate water pooling in a low-lying area of your yard. They also may offer an alternative to solid piping for your downspout drainage and can be the answer to water pooling around your foundation.
At Garrett Basement Waterproofing, we inspect your drainage systems and moisture issues before determining whether french drains are the best option to solve your water or drainage problem.
French drains are perforated pipe set anywhere from a few to several feet deep at a grade so that water enters them and is carried to a more appropriate location. Because water follows the path of least resistance, they are ideal for saturated soil around foundations or low-lying areas that tend to flood.
Our experts dig a trench at a 1% grade and protect the perforated pipe from soil and debris by surrounding it with landscaping fabric and gravel. The trench can then be topped with soil and seeded, with the gravel and fabric beneath allowing water to easily enter the pipe to be carried to a drain or discharge area.
French drains installed several feet deep along your foundation can move a significant amount of water away from footers and basement walls, protecting them from seepage, freezing and thawing, and the pressure that wet soil can put on walls over time.
Call us today to learn more about french drains as a solution to your drainage problems.