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Buying a home with a French drain? Here’s our guide to maintaining this important structure

In April 6, 2015
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Best  Guide to maintain a French Drain

Many home owners in Dallas have started to invest in French drain systems, which are perforated drain pipes lined with filter fabric and surrounded by gravel. The drains are usually slightly sloped (because water will flow downhill) and the drain is used to deliver the water away from your house. The name of the drain isn’t related to the country, France, but rather to judge and farmer Henry French from Massachusetts, who promoted the idea in the 1850s.

If your basement is wet or you have soggy patches on your lawn, then a French drain could be ideal for your home or business. These drains are very efficient at removing water which has collected above the ground and delivering it to a well, a street, a drainage ditch or another area on your property.

One of the most common sewerage waste treatment systems are French drains coupled with septic tanks. Regardless of the use or function of your French drain, you need to maintain it. A well-maintained French drain will be able to collect and remove water without any hassles for many years to come. Here are some tips for a trouble-free French drain:

  • In order for a French drain to work properly, it needs an open surface area. Make a point of clearing away debris, leaves and stray grass from the French drain to make sure it can deliver the water away from your property.
  • French drains usually have clean out sections near the top of the drain. A pressurized water hose can be used to clear away any leaves, dirt or debris in this area.
  • Speak to an irrigation specialist or the French drain supplier to determine what should be used to clean the drain. Different materials, such as plastic or PVC, require different cleaning techniques and materials.

Need advice about installing a French drain? Contact the pros at Precision Irrigation Systems by form or phone today.

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