A prevalent project for your friends at South Jersey Waterproofing is the installation of an exterior french drain on a property. French drains are drainage systems that use perforated pipes to channel water away from a structure. They’re often used in new construction projects to prevent flooding.
There are several benefits to using a French drain:
- First, it helps keep your basement dry by preventing water from entering your home’s walls.
- Second, it keeps your yard free of standing water.
- Third, it protects your home against flood damage.
- Fourth, it improves the appearance of your property.
- Finally, it reduces the need for expensive repairs after a storm.
South Jersey Waterproofing installed the above french drain system in a house in Haddonfield, NJ, in 2010. The homeowners noticed that the foundation was facing some deterioration due to hydrostatic pressure and moisture. They gave us a call, we came out and assessed, and recommended installing the french drain system to prevent further deterioration of the foundation over time.
Within a few days, our team was able to follow these steps for planning and executing the french drain system:
- We marked the location of the drain, where water is an issue, and where we want it to go
- We dug a trench from the foundation to lead the water away and lined it with fabric to help keep it free of debris
- Poured gravel on the bottom to act as bedding for the drain pipes
- Hooked up the drainage pipes and set them in the trench
- Covered it all with gravel and backfilled it with topsoil
Of course, ongoing maintenance and cleaning are required to ensure the drains don’t back up or get broken, but that’s it!
If you are experiencing foundational issues that you suspect are due to water, a french drain system could be the answer! Give South Jersey Waterproofing a call or a click today for us to come out and assess your home and give you an estimate on what the next step should be! We are a family-owned and operated business, servicing Haddonfield, NJ, and the surrounding Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania area for three generations!