Proper drainage is crucial for the protection of the exterior and interior of the home. When water pools in one place for too long, it can begin to saturate the ground which can lead to damage of your home’s foundation, as well as the hardscapes and softscapes of your Pleasantville, NY, property. A French drain can provide a solution if a soggy yard or wet basement are problems for your home. A French drain system is a commonly used method for diverting water away from your property to prevent these risks. Here are some of the numerous benefits of a professionally installed French drain system:
A French drain system is a relatively inexpensive system that works by letting gravity do the work, unless additional pump systems are required by your particular situation. A French drain is laid in a trench where the ground has become saturated then covered over with gravel or other permeable materials. The water then percolates through the soil and into the drain through holes contained in its sides. The water entering the pipe then flows away towards the designated outlet. It’s really as simple as that. And it’s this simplicity that is reflected in the low cost of the system.
Because a French drain system operates beneath the ground, it remains unobtrusive and invisible. Once the pipes and gravel are laid, they can be covered back over with grass, decorative pebbles, or permeable walkway pavers. While the system is doing its job keeping your home and yard protected from water damage, you won’t even know it’s there.
Protects Foundation, Low Lying Areas, and Patios
The accumulated water around your home can soften the soil, weaken the strength of your home’s foundation, and cause shifting and cracking of surfaces. A French drain system will keep the water away from the foundation and divert it away from the home.
Excess water can also damage your patio, cause deterioration of pavers, and create a breeding ground for mosquitos, not to mention turn your lawn into an unattractive swamp. A French drain system works as a protective underground barrier around your patio, diverting away any water that may reach the patio, and quickly drains saturated areas of lawn.
Improved Air Quality
Water flowing into your basement through the foundation of your home can lead to mold and mildew building up inside your home. This can lead to a number of allergies, respiratory problems, and other health issues. A French drain system can help to keep the air inside your home safe and clean by preventing water from entering your home from the outside.
Maintaining a French Drain
A French drain doesn’t require too much maintenance. Having it cleared of leaves and other debris once a year by a professional contractor is enough to keep your French drain in operation. A professional contractor will also be able to inspect the system for leaks and cracks.