When Should You Have A French Drain System Installed?

Posted on: 10 February 2015


Having the proper drainage system for your home is very important. This prevents water from getting into your home and causing mold to grow and your floors and other wood areas from being damaged. Drainage systems can be installed in various ways. However, in some situations a French drain system is best to keep your home safe and dry. This is done by laying down perforated pipe in a gravel-filled ditch line. The water runs down through the gravel and into the perforated pipe to flow out to an area away from your home. These are reasons you should consider having a French drain system installed.

When You Have Surface Water 

Surface water often remains on the ground if your property is unlevel. These may be small or large puddles that will not dry out even on the hottest days of summer. However, the proper drain system can remedy this problem. 

By having a shallow French drain system installed near the surface water, the water will drain easier out of the uneven areas of your lawn. Even if the drain needs to go uphill, the French drain system will channel the water away from the soggy area and prevent it from staying full of water.

When You Are Building a Retaining Wall 

If you live against a hillside, it may be a good idea to build a retaining wall behind your home to prevent the hill from slipping in on your home. However, this is not the only important step to protect your home. This is another reason that it may be necessary to have a French drain system installed.

Have the French drain system installed just behind or in front of the wall. Water that rolls down the hill will go into the drain system instead of building up against the wall. This will prevent the water from causing the wall to break down over time and allow the hillside to slide into your home.

When Water is Getting Into Your Basement 

When heavy rains occur, it is not uncommon for water to get into a basement by seeping in around the bottom edges of the basement floor. However, this can also be prevented by installing a French drain system (through professionals such as Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.) around the full perimeter of the home.

The French drain system will catch the incoming water and allow it to flow out through the pipes to a drain area away from your home. 

The cost of having a French drain system can vary depending on the type of job being done. However, it can save a substantial amount of money by helping prevent expensive repairs later.