We specialize in French drain installation and repair for basement’s foundations
Are you experiencing leaking in your home? You probably need it to be waterproofed, like many houses in the DE, NJ, & PA area. One of the issues that can be stressful, yet fixable, is water leaking into your basement and rotting away at your foundation. To stop this from happening further, or avoid it before it happens, look into waterproofing your basement with a French drainage system.
What is a French Drain?
A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. French drains are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations and as an alternative to open ditches or storm sewers for streets and highways.
Alternatively, French drains may be used to distribute water, such as a septic drain field at the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.
To install this kind of drain, the perimeter of the basement floor is jackhammered down to the footing and the concrete is removed. A layer of stone is laid down, and a perforated drain pipe is laid on top of it. Water is collected from the basement wall floor joint as it enters, and a sump pump is installed to remove water from the house and away from the foundation.
Why You May Need a French Drain
Instead of hoping this doesn’t happen to you, waterproof your basement ahead of time. If you’re proactive, you won’t have to worry about your belongings being destroyed or your home’s foundation beginning to rot. French Drain installation is commonly done in response to a wet basement or right before performing a basement finishing. While it is not the only way to waterproof your house, this way is usually more affordable than doing it from the outside, so it is often preferable.
We are here to answer any and all questions, fill out the form on this page or call us today to schedule a Free Estimate.