If you are facing problems with the existing foundation drain system of your house or building, you can consider the option of installing the French drains for standing water in your basement or in the backyard. Water seepage can be as inconvenient as house maintenance problem. Leaving such problems ignored may give rise to mold associated problems and even foundations cracks. The technique for successful implementation of these French drains is fairly simple, but specific instructions and strategies need to be adopted for effective results. The French drainage pipes are actually perforated pipes, which are laid down along the sides of the basement wall or that of the backyard. So that when water collects in such areas, it simply drains down those pipes through small round holes. These holes are small enough to prevent the soil and other dirt residue from entering the pipes, but big enough to drain seepage water within.
First, you need to decide on the perfect placement strategy of your French drain installment route. It must be made sure that the drain channel does not coincide with any cables, existing drainage pipes, shrubs, plants, posts, or electrical wiring in the basement or backyard of the premises, since it may result in short circuiting. You can get the area inspected by the municipal authority or constructor of the building to make sure that the ground to be excavated for new drains to be installed is clear from all possible hurdles.
French Drain Installation
It should be noted with utmost importance that before starting the implementation project of the French drains and even beginning with the ground digging process, you might need to first get an official permit from the municipal authorities. For example, building a French drain might channel the water pathway to your neighbor’s premises or even towards government property. This can create offensive charges against you. So the channel of water must be directed in such a way that it moves away from the building and the foundation of the house, and not towards other premises, but to an open ground, where it won’t cause seepage problems for other people.
Trenches can be dig out on the inner lining walls of the basement or your backyard up to 2 feet wide and probably 6 feet deep. The drainage pipes must be placed in a sloping direction so that the water is directed away from the foundation. The pipes are laid over the freshly placed soil. In addition, after their installment, a gravel layer is outlaid over the pipers, to secure them in position. In the end, you can fill up the foundation lining back with the soil and leveling the surface in the ordinal state to give it some finishing touches. French drains are best used and installed for standing water in the basements or backyards to channel the water flow away from the foundation and towards open ground.