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A french drain is just a slightly sloped ditch, a pipe with holes in it, and some gravel. Nothing fancy. French drains take advantage of the fact that water flows downhill via the path of least resistance. The perforated pipe collects water, channels it away from foundations or other low spots on your property, and deposits it elsewhere.
You can think of french drains as gutters for groundwater. When it rains, all that water has to go somewhere. It might soak into your foundation resulting in a wet basement or pool on your property causing soggy spots here and there on your lawn. French drains simply collect the water and move it to another location. Your basement dries out and the soggy spots disappear.
Yes, french drains have been around for a long time and are a popular method for channeling water away from your home or property.
The concept behind a french drain is simple. When it rains, the water flows through the gravel and into the perforated, slightly-sloped pipe. It then travels down the pipe and exits at a predetermined location. For example, a storm drain or another area of your property. French drains are about moving water from one location (where you don’t want it) to another.
French drains are great for moving groundwater away from your home or property. Common scenarios include…
French drains are similar to swales and you might hear the terms ‘french drain’ and ‘swale’ used interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. A swale is just a sloped ditch filled with gravel. It does not contain a perforated pipe. However, it works the same way. The water enters the gravel-filled ditch and then travels through it until it finds the exit.
French drains use perforated pipe along with gravel. The perforated pipe collects the water and channels it to a predetermined deposit point.
When it comes to installing a french drain there are several basic steps,
While a properly installed french drain shouldn’t need any maintenance once it’s in place, there are a few things every property owner should be aware of…
Despite the name, this tried and true method for moving groundwater away from your home and property did not originate in France. It was developed by Henry Flagg French, a 19th-century American agriculturalist, inventor, lawyer, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ulysses S. Grant.
French, who never went to college, had a passion for agriculture and in 1859 published a book called ‘’Farm Drainage’’, in which he recommended a drainage technique he called a ‘’cellar drain’’, or today’s french drain. Some of the drainage systems French built himself still work today even though they’re over a century old.
The youngest son of Henry Flagg French decided he was more interested in art than agriculture and drainage systems. You’re probably familiar with his most famous work: The Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
We’re Foundation Professionals and we’ve been providing geotechnical engineering and consulting services throughout the Southeastern United States and the US Virgin Islands since 1980. Give us a call today for a free estimate and find out how a french drain can solve your groundwater problems.