A French drain is one of the best ways to keep water out of your home. The idea was brought about by Henry French in the 1800’s and even though the materials used have been updated, the basic principle of the system has not changed in 200 years. Nowadays French drains are used all over Tysons Corner, VA and they are protecting countless homes from water damage. A French drain is a simple concept. It is a perforated pipe way around your home that picks up water and diverts it away. Since water always follows the path of least resistance, it will get caught in these pipes and in this way you can send it to wherever you like. Preferably, that is somewhere other than into your basement.
French Drains are used in a variety of different ways now. They can be placed around your home to stop water from getting in, or they can be placed inside around the edges of your basement to catch any water that gets inside and send it away. They are also used around retaining walls, to stop water that drains down the hill from damaging the wall. There are a couple different reasons that people choose to put the system on the inside verses the outside, the biggest being that it is often much easier. Unless you are still building your house, installing an exterior French drain in Tysons Corner, VA can be a pain. This is because to do so, you must tear up anything around the edge of your house (sidewalk, driveway, plants, patio, etc.). To avoid this people often install the system around the interior of the basement instead.
If you are having water seep into your house and you know that it will soon become a major problem, then it’s probably time to think about having a French drain added. Our team has installed countless French drains around Tysons Corner, VA and we are happy to help you also. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, and we can help you decide what exactly needs to be done to protect your home and family.
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