Exterior French Drains

Water Leaking Into Your Basement?

Is the Answer an Exterior French Drain?

An exterior French drain consists of excavating a ditch along the foundation of your home.

What is an Exterior French Drain?

An exterior French drain consists of excavating a ditch along the foundation of your home. This ditch is dug below the footer and graded to the surface. In order to install an outside French drain, all cement porches, patios, sidewalks, shrubs, or any other obstacle along the foundation need to be removed.

Sealing the outside of the foundation prevents any water from entering the block, thus, keeping the inside walls dry.


An exterior French drain is an extensive and expensive process. Excavation along the foundation to below the footer is done with approximately 90% of the dirt being hauled away. Also, it is crucial that the French drainpipe is below the bottom of the footer to start out grade. The exterior French drain itself must grade downhill.


At D-Bug Waterproofing, we’re very particular on grading. By using a level, we accurately ensure the pipe is perfectly even. Our warranty is your guarantee that we do the job right the first time!

After the ditch is graded, the wall is cleaned with scrapers and wire brushes. The wall is then tarred with roof cement or flashing cement

Gravel is then placed on top of the fabric filling the ditch to grade level. As well, the gravel is also covered with another layer of fabric. To finish, 6 to 12 inches of dirt is put back against the house.

You’ll be glad to know that D-Bug Waterproofing can handle the whole job, from start to finish, and that includes replacing shrubs, landscaping, planting grass, and replacing patios and sidewalks. Our goal is that things will look better than before we started!

If you believe an Exterior French drain is the best option for you, give D-Bug Waterproofing a call at 1-855-381-1528 for a free quote.

What is an Exterior French Drain?

An exterior French drain consists of excavating a ditch along the foundation of your home. This ditch is dug below the footer and graded to the surface. In order to install an outside French drain, all cement porches, patios, sidewalks, shrubs, or any other obstacle along the foundation need to be removed.

Sealing the outside of the foundation prevents any water from entering the block, thus, keeping the inside walls dry.


An exterior French drain is an extensive and expensive process. Excavation along the foundation to below the footer is done with approximately 90% of the dirt being hauled away. Also, it is crucial that the French drainpipe is below the bottom of the footer to start out grade. The exterior French drain itself must grade downhill.


At D-Bug Waterproofing, we’re very particular on grading. By using a level, we accurately ensure the pipe is perfectly even. Our warranty is your guarantee that we do the job right the first time!

After the ditch is graded, the wall is cleaned with scrapers and wire brushes. The wall is then tarred with roof cement or flashing cement

Gravel is then placed on top of the fabric filling the ditch to grade level. As well, the gravel is also covered with another layer of fabric. To finish, 6 to 12 inches of dirt is put back against the house.

You’ll be glad to know that D-Bug Waterproofing can handle the whole job, from start to finish, and that includes replacing shrubs, landscaping, planting grass, and replacing patios and sidewalks. Our goal is that things will look better than before we started!

If you believe an Exterior French drain is the best option for you, give D-Bug Waterproofing a call at 1-855-381-1528 for a free quote.

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That Sounds Expensive

Foundation water seepage has been a problem since homes were first built with underground basements. D-Bug Waterproofing has many solutions.

Any professional waterproofing effort is going to be an investment; however, it is true that installing an exterior French Drain is one of the most extensive and expensive repairs used to address basement waterproofing.

Sometimes an exterior French drain is either preferred or necessary to correct a specific problem. But other, less expensive and less invasive methods should be considered as appropriate solutions to your basement leak problem. These include:

Your best bet is to call on the experts at D-Bug Waterproofing to inspect your basement and foundation damage and recommend the best solution for your specific needs. We’re ready to help. Give us a call at 724-838-5359.

That Sounds Expensive

Foundation water seepage has been a problem since homes were first built with underground basements. D-Bug Waterproofing has many solutions.

Any professional waterproofing effort is going to be an investment; however, it is true that installing an exterior French Drain is one of the most extensive and expensive repairs used to address basement waterproofing.

Sometimes an exterior French drain is either preferred or necessary to correct a specific problem. But other, less expensive and less invasive methods should be considered as appropriate solutions to your basement leak problem. These include:

Interior French Drains and Sump Pumps are a proven waterproofing solution that can not only be installed quickly and affordably, but even in bad weather or the dead of winter.
You may also need Parging and Wall Sealing services. If your walls are decaying or crumbling, then a huge project to seal the outside of the foundation may not be the best place to start.
Is the problem exterior water intrusion, or a failed drainage system? D-Bug Waterproofing is experienced in Floor Drain and Sewer Line Problems.

Your best bet is to call on the experts at D-Bug Waterproofing to inspect your basement and foundation damage and recommend the best solution for your specific needs. We’re ready to help. Give us a call at 724-838-5359.

Go Beyond French Drains!

Have D-Bug Refinish Your Basement!

Most often, we are called upon to remodel or finish a basement our teams are waterproofing using French drains, or where we are repairing a foundation.

A water-proofed basement is an excellent candidate for refinishing, as you can be certain there will never be a water problem or mold. Your new room is dry and secure.

We use mold resistant drywall, spackle and sand, then paint the walls whatever color you desire.

We can drywall the ceiling or install a drop ceiling, whatever you prefer.

But we don’t start there, at D-Bug we also install flooring, including ceramic tile, carpet, or linoleum.

Walk through your basement with us, and we will help you envision the dream space your basement can become!

Go Beyond French Drains!

Have D-Bug Refinish Your Basement!

Most often, we are called upon to remodel or finish a basement our teams are waterproofing using French drains, or where we are repairing a foundation.

A water-proofed basement is an excellent candidate for refinishing, as you can be certain there will never be a water problem or mold. Your new room is dry and secure.

First, a vapor barrier is placed on the foundation wall.
Secondly, the walls are studded from floor to ceiling.
We also insulate the walls (if the customer specifies).

We use mold resistant drywall, spackle and sand, then paint the walls whatever color you desire.

We can drywall the ceiling or install a drop ceiling, whatever you prefer.

But we don’t start there, at D-Bug we also install flooring, including ceramic tile, carpet, or linoleum.

Walk through your basement with us, and we will help you envision the dream space your basement can become!

We get it done, and we get it done fast.

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