Reasons To Have A French Drain System Installed

Do you own a home with a basement? Are you tired of having a damp or flooded basement, even with a functioning sump pump? Your home may be in need of a French drain system. Here are some things you should know about having one installed:

Protect home's foundation: Your home can be prone to  water damage if it's built on a high water table or in an area prone to basement flooding. Even if you don't have a basement, water seepage can cause cracks in the foundation and destabilize your home. If not stopped, it can cause significant damage to the entire structure over time. Prevent any moisture from entering your foundation by having a French drain installed outside your external walls.

Evenly distribute condensation: Melting snow or rain can flood your downspouts and low-lying patches of ground. This standing water can seep into the ground and force its way into the waste water pipes. This can affect you and your neighbors as well. If you have a retaining wall, the water can build up behind it, and apply enough pressure to cause the wall to collapse. A French drain can properly divert the water so that it is dissipated evenly across your property. Instead of having large amounts of water collecting at problem spots, the water will be redistributed so it can seep into the ground evenly. 

Can be installed externally or internally: Depending on the exact issue, a French drain system can either be added around the outside of your home or underneath your existing basement floor. If the French drain is added to your basement, the system will be made to drain into your sump pit. If you have a finished basement, you will need to have basement walls and floors partially ripped up and re-installed as part of the installation process. If the French drain is added to the outside of your home, a pipe will direct any water to an area some distance away from your home. The one that is cheaper will depend on your situation and how large your house is.

May prevent wall cracks: Even though you don't think you have much water seeping into your basement, you may still have a problem. The weight of water pushing against your basement walls after a rainstorm can be enormous. Over time, the water will start to cause your basement walls to start cracking. If the walls shift in the process, these cracks can run up into the main part of your home. Not only will these cracks hurt the aesthetics of your house, they may also result in a lower home resale value.