3 Benefits Of A French Drain

Basement flooding is one of the most frustrating problems that a homeowner can have. It causes a great deal of damage that is expensive to repair, and most of the ways to prevent basement flooding from happening are also very expensive. One way that many people are using to prevent basement flooding is to install a French drain, mostly because it is one of the more affordable, effective methods currently on the market. There are three main advantages associated with installing a French drain.

1. Stops Groundwater from Seeping Into a Basement

A huge problem for many homeowners is that they underestimate the amount of groundwater that they have to deal with. This is critical because when the ground around a house's foundation is heavily saturated with water, the water will begin to find any cracks that it can to invade the foundation and the basement. Installing a French drain, which is a trench lined with gravel, will be able to collect the water before it reaches the basement and transport the water to a location where it can be safely disposed of.

2. Highly Durable

A huge problem with traditional basement sealing is that it relies on using sealants and other protective coatings that will eventually erode. This can be frustrating because sealant is very expensive to replace. On the other hand, a French drain can be dug, lined with gravel, and then essentially forgotten. This is because the gravel is not moving with the water, since it is underground, so there is no reason to need to replace the gravel, and the gravel will maintain the walls of the trench so they do not collapse. Once a French drain is installed, there is no need to worry about it for between 20 and 30 years.

3. Can Be Combined with a Sump Pump

A sump pump pumps water away from the house so that the basement doesn't flood. When a sump pump is combined with a French drain, the drain itself will be able to handle much more water than any other form of traditional basement flood-proofing methods. This is especially helpful for areas that experience a great deal of rain.

For more information about French drains and other flood-proofing methods for your basement, contact a local contractor like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. today. He or she will be able to assess your basement's needs and recommend the best possible waterproofing solution.