A French drain is a trench covered with gravel or rock containing a perforated pipe that steers water away from an area. A French drain can be installed indoor or outdoor.
The purpose of a French drain is to capture water and transport it away from the property. By doing so, water infiltration in the property or into the foundation can be eliminated and water damage due to standing water and rainwater can be prevented.
Let’s note that selecting the proper size is very important. In fact, there is a realistic assessment needed to be done regarding the volume of rain and water impacting the property. It will be ill conceived to instal an inadequate size for your needs.
To prevent water from travelling back, the Frecnh drain is installed at an angle, a small slope which allows the water to travel away from the property.
Pros of a French drain.
- Effective way to prevent water damage the foundation.
- Long lasting.
Cons of a French drain.
- DIfficult to install.
- Requires excavation, digging.