When basements flood, French drains are one of the most common and time proven solutions for dealing with the problem.
Exterior French drains consist of a perforated pipe buried in a trench around the perimeter of your home. The pipe is then covered by landscaping fabric and gravel to prevent sediment from clogging the pipe. Through the use of French drains, water enters the pipe through the perforations and is either directed away from the foundation or into a sump pump.
Just as it sounds, exterior French drains require excavation equipment, attention to landscaping, and remediation efforts to replace areas of lawn, sidewalk, or patio damage by digging.
But French drains can be installed inside your basement too, saving on time, property damage, and the costs of remedial landscaping.
In many cases, exterior French drains are more difficult to install than interior French drains. Exterior French drains require a trench to be dug around the building’s perimeter, which often requires the removal of sidewalks, decks, porches, and other structures that may be in the way of the home’s foundation. Being outside the building also makes them more susceptible to clogs from sediment and dirt finding their way into the pipes.
Installing interior French drains is not as labor-intensive as exterior French drains in most cases, making interior French drains generally more affordable. Interior French drains are also easier to maintain and repair, since no dirt has to be removed in order to access them. Because they are located under the basement floor, they are better protected from soil displacement, clogging, and damage.
As winter snows and spring rains can be counted on to saturate the ground, don’t be surprised when water makes its way into your basement. There are solutions, and D-Bug Waterproofing is your trusted and reliable community resource for basement waterproofing.
We’ve been serving homes in the Pittsburgh area since 1939.
Interior French drains are one of the most cost-effective solutions for waterproofing your home’s basement. If you believe an interior French drain is the best option for you, give D-Bug Waterproofing a call at 1-855-381-1528 for a free quote.