What Is A French Drain ?

french drainYou need a good drainage system in order to have good drainage for your yard and landscape. Good drainage will come with a number of systems  and a french drain is almost always a necessity. A french drain is an outdoor trench installed in your yard surrounded by rocks and connected to a series of pipes that will carry the water away from the foundation of your house. It is installed underground so it doesn’t alter the outdoor scenery of your home but still provide an efficient drainage system to keep your foundation and the soil around it dry.

How Does it Works ?

As the water soaks into the ground during rain, it raises the water table underground. The french drain is installed in the ground so that the water can enter the pipes through a special cloth that covers the pipe and works as a filter for debris and soil around it. It is installed on a sloped elevation to help with the flow of water away from the house. The water then flows through the pipes and is distributed to the areas where it can drain without causing any drainage problems on your yard.  

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Who Needs a French Drain  ?

If you have a soggy yard or a wet basement, then a French drain is your cure. Here’s how they work, when to use them, the different types and cost. You’ll need a french drain when you have a problem with surface water, such as a soggy lawn or a driveway that washes out. Problems such as water is getting into your basement, you’re building a retaining wall on a hillside or you have a problem with surface water around your foundation such as a soggy and wet soil around your house footing.

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It’s best to call a professional drainage contractor whenever you experience drainage problems so that they can advise you on the best solutions to solve the problem. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free drainage inspection and estimate.