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How a French Drain will keep your House Happy

How a French Drain will keep your House Happy

The French Drain, named after Henry French, is known by many names, such as: weeping tile, blind drain, rubble drain, rock drain, drain tile, perimeter drain, land drain, French ditch, sub-surface drain, sub-soil drain or agricultural drain. No matter what name you use, the French Drain is an often-overlooked addition to a household that can yield many benefits. Crawlspace Remediation has installed French Drains all around the greater Lafayette area, and has seen the benefits firsthand.

A French Drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. A French drain typically has perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or rock. French drains are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations.

Installing a French Drain around your home can serve many different uses. A French Drain placed behind a retaining wall can relieve water pressure from the wall. A French Drain can drain water away from your septic system, keeping your yard safe from overflow and bacteria.

For surface-level flooding, the French Drain is installed at a shallow level. This is used for yards that are prone to standing water. Deep-level French Drains are much bigger and are used to keep water out of basements. The exact size and depth for the French Drain depends on the severity of the flooding and the size and lay of the yard.

A majority of home mold problems begin in the basement. During period of excessive moisture (snow melting, extended rainfall periods), your basement can flood. This opens your basement to months of moisture-related issues, like mold. A French Drain can direct that ground water away from your home, keeping your basement from flooding in the first place.

In flood-prone areas, a French Drain can save thousands in home repairs.

Installation of a French Drain can be intensive. Underneath the lawns of most homes are pipes, electrical wires, septic systems and more. Installing your own French Drain can be risky. Hitting a landline or septic system can cause dangerous situations for you and your family. Professional installation is important to ensure these hidden items stay untouched. Some areas require a permit before a French Drain can be installed.  

Crawlspace Remediation is Lafayette’s French Drain installation expert. When it comes to water-proofing your home, put the best in Lafayette to work for you. Get your mold remediation inspection estimate done for free today, call Crawlspace Remediation today at (765) 637-5775.

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According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of mold. Since up to 40% of the air we breathe in the home can come from the crawlspace, mold in the crawlspace means mold in the home. The EPA recommends to keep humidity levels in the crawl space to 40%–50% to reduce the likelihood of mold formation.

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