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A French drain is simply a drain. It carries water from different areas, such as areas in your yard, to somewhere else. When you refer to a French drain specifically you are describing the method in which you are moving the water. There are certain advantages of installing this type of drain over a drain from which you are basically burying a solid pipe under ground.
How is a French drain useful
This type of drain covers more area than a traditional drain. Let’s say your neighbor’s yard is at a higher elevation than yours, and you are experiencing problems with excessive standing water. Water from your neighbor’s property is probably running off into yours.
The runoff is probably not happening at a specific point, but at multiple points. In this case you wouldn’t run a separate catch basin and drain at each point, but you would want to span the whole area with one drain. Installing a French drain would accomplish this scenario.
How do you install French drains in Charleston, SC
The process is not that difficult in theory. You dig a trench, you lay your perforated pipe, and then you fill the trench with gravel. The original design of a traditional French drain was done without the addition of the pipe and still provided functional drainage. Over time we have found that with the pipe included it expedites the movement of water to the new location.
We follow these steps to install a French drain:
- Identify the problem areas of your yard
- Find a good location to drain the water
- Plot out where the drain will be installed
- Dig the trench
- Install the perforated pipe
- Fill the trench with gravel or small aggregate
- Let the grass grow back over time
What material and equipment we use during installation
When we install a French drain we don’t take any shortcuts. If you don’t do it right the first time you will find yourself having to dig up the original drain and doing it again. So proper technique and materials are very important during the installation process.
If you are planning on doing it yourself or allowing us to do it this is a list of materials you will need.
- Wooden stakes
- String and string level
- Tape measure
- Landscape fabric
- Perforated pipe
- Sand and gravel (small aggregate)
- Landscape shovel
Why Hire a Charleston French drain contractor
You can certainly do the installation yourself, but given the amount of “hard labor” involved it may be beneficial to allow a pro to handle this process. We have the materials and equipment necessary to get the installation done in a timely manor. Yes the process seems simple enough, but any time you have to dig into the ground it’s hard work!