Are you dealing with drainage issues or standing water? A french drain installation might be exactly what you need.
Contrary to popular belief, the French drain system was not developed in France. It was named for its Massachusetts creator, Henry French, and gained notoriety in 1859 when he wrote a book on the subject. His invention of the French drain eliminated clogging, which was the main concern of the era. The original design has withstood the test of time and remains basically unchanged. Also known as drain tile or a perimeter drain system, it starts with a trench, often uses a pipe, is filled with crushed rock/gravel and sand, and moves excess water to a sump pump or collection basin where it can safely drain away from the foundation.
French drains are typically placed around the exterior of the foundation and are used to divert water from standing or pooling that can cause structural damage. Similar to a roof gutter where rain water is directed to a downspout, French drains manage surface water at ground level. The simple design consists of a sloped trench filled with gravel and perforated pipe. As rainwater and other surface water soaks into the ground, it is filtered through the gravel into the pipe and channeled through the trench to a collection point away from the foundation. Occasionally, an existing system may fail, allowing water to infiltrate the foundation. In this instance, an interior French drain system may be installed under the basement floor. The principal is similar to an exterior system with a sloped trench, piping and gravel. The water is re-routed to a sump pump and then transported through pipes to an exterior storm sewer.
As with most large projects, planning is critical to be sure everything runs smoothly. Some things you need to do before starting construction are:
Installing a French drain in Toronto can be an excellent solution to drainage problems at your home. Royal Work Waterproofing Corp. is fully licensed and experienced in even the most complex issues. Call today for a free estimate, and let our experts fix your drainage issues permanently.:
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