How Do Professionals Install French Drains?

If you’ve ever dealt with a flooded basement and you had to call for mold remediation services in New Jersey, making sure that your basement has a reliable way to drain is probably at the top of your list of priorities. One of the best ways to begin your home waterproofing campaign is with a French drain. A French drain is a shallow drainage system that uses an outside trench to divert water away from your basement and into a safe depository, like your backyard.

If you’re considering installing a French drain in NJ, you might be wondering what the installation process actually entails. Read on to learn how a professional will install a French drain in your home.

  • Choose a drainage path. The most important part of installing a French drain? Choosing where it will deposit water. The first step of installation involves mapping out the drainage path.
  • Dig out the trench. After a drainage path has been decided on, your installation professional will dig a U-shaped trench. This trench will soon be the home of a new pipe.
  • Fill the trench. When the trench has been fully dug out, your installer will lie a bit of gravel in the trench. This prevents the pipe from moving around while it’s being laid down.
  • Lay down piping. Once the gravel has been put down, the installer will place the pipe over the gravel base.
  • Secure the pipe with gravel. To fully secure the pipe in the ground, the person doing your installation will then cover the pipe with more gravel. He or she will use gravel instead of dirt because dirt is porous and can trap water.  
  • Hide the remainder of the pipe with sod. To hide and secure the end of the pipe, the installer will cover the pipe with sod. This helps the pipe blend into the aesthetics of your home.

Are you sick of dealing with flooding in your home? Rightway Waterproofing is here to help install a French drain on your property or to help you waterproof your basement. Give us a call today at 866-741-6190 to learn more or get started!

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