Four Uses of French Drains

Published on: December 3, 2015

Do you have problems with too much water in your yard? Proper drainage is an issue for many home and business owners. When the wet season hits, if there is not an efficient drainage solution in place you could find yourself with a soggy lawn or even water damage to your building. French drains are one of the best solutions when it comes to drainage problems, especially these four common issues.

  1. Wet basements. Is water getting into your basement? This usually means you need a better drainage system to divert water away from your building. French drains can transport water run-off from gutters away from the building to protect the foundation. They can also be used in several ways to keep basements dry during the wet seasons.
  2. Retaining walls. If you have retaining walls on a slope, a French drain placed behind the top wall can help divert water that can undermine your retaining wall. Although the wall is used to help with erosion, too much water build up behind the wall can impact the structure.
  3. Flat, wet yards. If you have a flat yard that always ends up soggy, during the wet season, a French drain is perfect for evening out the moisture levels. This man-made slope system can divert excess water to a storm drain or drainage ditch.
  4. Surface water reduction. Do you have a pond that appears a few months out of the year on your property? If you have a dip that fills with surface water, a French drain installed in the higher ground above can be a cost effective solution.

If you have a drainage issue on your property, don’t let it cause damage to your permanent structures. Call a local landscaping contractor to discuss installing a French drain.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

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