French Drains Installation Contractors Hercules, CA

“And just for the record”, French Drains were not named after the French. The name came from Henry French, a judge and farmer in Massachusetts, who promised the idea in an 1859 book about farm drainage.

The basic concept of French Drains is a slightly sloped trench filled with gravel or rock, installing a folter fabric and a pipe that diverts water away from the house. French Drains are primarily installed to prevent ground water and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. The other purpose of a French Drain system is to prevent water intrusion before it enters into a crawl space. basement, garage or living space of a home. The water from a French Drain system should always empty a safe distance from the house. Depending on your situation and city you live in, the water can be diverted to a low lying area of your property, a drainage ditch, a city drainage, a dry well or the street. Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights can help you with and when French Drains are needed around your home foundation or installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement, or behind a retaining wall and especially when and where sump pumps are required.

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