What is a French drain?
What, indeed, is a French drain? It sounds like some slow-drip coffee maker, but it is far from that. In this article we will discuss what a French drain is, why you might need one, and what you can expect a company like All Seasons Outdoor Solutions to do for you. Give us a call at (682) 521-9164 for a landscaping quote or if you have questions about our landscaping services.
So, back to the question, what is a French drain?
A French drain, also known as a trench drain, rock drain, or French ditch, is a trench, filled with rocks, gravel, and or a perforated pipe, which diverts surface water away from your home or other areas in your yard.
The basic principle behind a French drain is that water always flows downhill, and it will follow the easiest route possible. Once that water reaches the French drain (ditch) it will soak into the ditch, into the gravel, and be diverted either by the ditch or by the pipe within the ditch. Thus the area you want to remain dry and protected from surface water will remain safe and dry.
Why would you need a French drain?
The most common reason to use a French drain is to divert water away from the foundation of a building, like a house, but it generally is used to divert water from a place you do not want standing water. Perhaps a part of your yard is low-lying and it collects water after heavy rains. A French drain can prevent water from puddling in that area and solve your landscape drainage issues. Perhaps you have copious amounts of water flowing towards a driveway. A French drain can divert that water around the driveway.
Reasons for installing a French drain include:
- Protect foundations and other structures
- Protect a lawn from root damage caused by standing water
- Prevent mosquitoes from breeding in a wet area
- Prevent the possibility of mold from forming
What we at All Seasons Outdoor Solutions do for you?
The process, in theory, is rather basic. The problem area is pinpointed, a trench is dug, gravel and a perforated pipe are installed in the trench, and the problem is solved. Our process includes:
- Determine the exact nature of your problem
- Plan the route of the French drain
- Dig the ditch
- Install gravel and/or pipe
- Fill in the trench
- Insure that the flow has been diverted and there are no further problems.
- Correct any problems should they arise.
About All Seasons Outdoor Solutions
All Seasons Outdoor Solutions began in the Spring of 2015 with a vision of providing superior outdoor services while consistently maintaining a personal and professional relationship with the customer. We believe we achieve that each and every time we do a job.
With thirty years of experience, three things remain the same for every job we have done: a fair and competitive price, quality work, and good communication.
We want our customers to enjoy the process. We want them to feel comfortable with that process. And we want them to feel that they made the right choice in calling us.
It’s important to us!