Why Use French Drain?

Having a problem with a lawn turning into a watery mess when raining hard?. Or a water seepage on walls and flooding your basement?. If so, you are in need to go after a drainage solution.

When facing recurrent water issues due to poor drainage, one of the most effective and cost efficient solutions would always be french drain. To put it simply, french drain is a system that removes surface level water from fields and is now more commonly used in both yards and inside homes. In essence, a french drain simply works by collecting excess water and directing it away from yard, home and other areas through a sloped perforated pipe on the ground.

Benefits of French Drain

Among the mainy drainage solution options like gutters and downspouts, french drain features a lot of benefits. So, why should you consider french drain?

  • Due to its lacking moving parts, it guarantees relatively low chances of breakage and failure.
  • Requires no maintenance and a longer life span.
  • It deals water at ground or below ground level instead of collecting it above ground as it runs off the roof. Thus, avoid wear off.
  • It is fairly easy to install, you can even have a DIY french drain. But, it is recommended seeking professional or qualified services for the job who have the right tools and experience for the job.
  • It is relatively affordable.

The Cons

While french drain has many advantages and benefits, they aren’t without drawbacks, including:

  • Oftentimes, it may clog due to sediment build over time. 
  • When and when it needs a repair and service due to unforeseen natural events, it can be difficult due to the fact that it is buried underground.
  • The need to install the drain very deep will be pricey especially on areas with pre-existing structure.
  • There is a presence of risk on damaging underground utilities like gas lines and existing water lines. Thus, it is best to hire a qualified professional.

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