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What To Know About Drying Out Your Basement With A French Drain

Freddie Kuhn

One way to prevent a wet basement is to install a French drain system. You can have one of these waterproofing systems installed outside of your home or inside your basement. They both keep water drained away so your basement stays dry. Here is a quick look at how French drains work.

Installing An Exterior Drain

If you have an exterior drain installed, water will be caught and diverted away from your house before it has a chance to seep into your basement. Unless the drain becomes clogged or flooded, it's a sure way to keep your basement dry. In order to put in one of these drainage systems, the contractor needs to dig a trench around your house. Then, a pipe is placed inside the trench. The pipe has holes in the top of it to collect water that drains through the soil. Once water is in the pipe, it is directed towards a pond or the street.

The biggest disadvantage to installing an exterior French drain is that the contractor needs to dig up your yard so the pipe can be placed in the ground. If you've spent a lot of time and money on attractive landscaping, you may prefer to go with an interior system instead.

Installing A French Drain In Your Basement

An interior French drain works in a similar manner. The contractor digs a trench in the floor of your basement. The trench is near the wall so water that seeps through the concrete drips into the drain pipe. The water then drains into a well, and when the level of water in the well is high enough, a pump is triggered to kick on. The pump moves the water out of your basement so it can drain away from your home outdoors.

The advantage of an interior system is that your basement stays dry even when an outdoor system becomes flooded or clogged. Any water that gets inside your basement is pumped out before it can get your basement wet. However, there is a potential for an interior system to fail. A power outage or pump failure that keeps the pump from working could allow water to overflow the well and get the floor of your basement wet.

If your basement flooding problem is severe, your best solution may be to install both types of drains so one can act as a backup for the other. When trying to decide between the two types of French drain systems, you should consider the cause of your wet basement as well as the amount of disruption you can endure. Visit Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. for more help.