French Drains: Keep Water Away From Your Home

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French Drains are a popular way to divert water away from your home. This subsurface drainage system is often used when a lawn is prone to flooding or if you have a feature like a pond and drainage is required.  Believe it or not, this effective means of drainage has been around for thousands of years!

French drains can be found on many properties throughout Hamilton because they are so effective in keeping water away from your home which helps protect your foundation and basement. Damp basements can be a big problem because they can lead to the growth of hazardous mould, rot and even structural damage in severe cases.

Conterra Foundation Specializes French Drains

If your yard is one that floods easily, or if you have a source of water that has the potential to run toward your home, then having a French drain installed is worth considering as an alternative to open ditches or storm sewers. At Conterra Foundation, our experts specialize in all forms of waterproofing, including installing French Drains.

Our meticulous professionals are committed to providing a top-quality job every time to ensure customer satisfaction.

Basic Set-Up

The basic set up of a French drain starts with a trench that is sloped away from the house. A perforated pipe is inserted into the trench with the holes facing down into the gravel. When there is an abundance of rain, and the water table rises, the water will enter the pipe from underground and be diverted away from the home.

Where can French Drains be Installed?

French drains are often used in backyards that are prone to flooding or around of deck or patio area to keep it from flooding.

Setting up this simple system could prove extremely beneficial as it is another way to help protect your home’s foundation from water damage.

How much does a French drain cost?

The cost to install a French drain can vary greatly depending on a number of factors such as the distance of the drain from the main sewer, the type of soil you have, and whether there is any repair work that has to be done before proceeding.

Some of the basic factors are:

  • The complexity of the job (e.g. Is there concrete or asphalt that needs to be broken down, etc.)
  • Distance from the sewer.
  • Type of soil. (clay, rock, etc.)
  • Necessary repairs
  • Ease of access (can contractors easily install piping where it needs to be installed or are there obstacles in the way.)

Call Conterra Foundation Today!

If you find that water collects easily in your yard and you would like to do something about it, contact the experts at Conterra Foundation. One of our professionals would be happy to meet with you to help you determine whether a French Drain is a solution for you.