The French have given the world so many great things: the wine, the cheese, the fries…but what about the drains? No, that honor belongs to Henry French who first created a drainage system to channel away rain and groundwater back in the 1800s.
Nowadays, people install French drains to solve the problem of a wet basement. If you’re considering installing one, think about what your plans are for the space. Do you want to finish it for more living space or do you use it only for storage? French drains can be expensive to install. Interior drains require jack hammering the perimeter of the concrete floor, filling the void with stone and PVC pipe that will channel the collected water to a sump pump, which will remove the water from the basement. Exterior drains ring the foundation, collecting rainwater from downspouts and groundwater from below. A proper exterior drain should be placed at the bottom of ...
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