Placing an exterior French drain around all sides of your home is a great way to keep your Arlington, VA house free from water in the future. Water seeping into homes is a huge problem these days. Fixing it costs a fortune as it can deal extensive damage to your house. One of the best methods to stop this from happening is an exterior French drain. This is a piping system that helps to keep the flow of water from entering your house. Water always follows the path of least resistance, so the idea behind a French drain is that if you provide an alternative route for the water to follow, it will take that path instead of entering your basement.
The system is quite simple. First a trench is dug out all around the perimeter of your home. Then you fill it partly with gravel, and lay a perforated pipe in the trench. After that you can cover it up with some more gravel, before topping it off with the topsoil from your lawn. As groundwater flows around your home, this moat-like pipe system will catch it and divert the water around your house instead. French drains are quite common around the Arlington, VA area, and they are a great way to take care of your home.
Though installing an exterior French drain is fairly simple to understand, it can take quite a while and become expensive if you are installing the system on a home that is already completed. This is mainly because; in order to dig a trench around the exterior of the house, you will have to pull up any plants, sidewalks, patios, etc. along the edge of your house. This is why we always suggest having them installed when your Arlington, VA home is still in construction. In this way you can easily avoid all those overhead costs, and it will considerably reduce the price. Either way though, this is a great system to have installed and it will help protect your home and family. For more details, feel free to call us, we are always happy to help.
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