Before we installed a French Drain in our customer’s side yard, they had standing water. With the drain properly installed, the area now drains quickly and efficiently!
Stagnant water causes tons of issues:
- Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and parasites.
- Stagnant water can also attract insects and rodents.
- Mosquitoes commonly breed in shallow pools of standing water.
- The continuous presence of water leaches into your home’s foundation, and basement.
- Water can cause structural cracks in your home and settling.
- Moisture damages wood structural components.
A French Drain is an inexpensive and fast fix!
Before we installed yard drainage for our customer, they constantly had standing water in their side yard, very near their home’s foundation.
With heavy rains this homeowner saw a veritable river flowing through their back yard!
We dug a trench through the affected area, with the proper amount of fall to keep water flowing.
A proper French Drain includes:
- A decline to get water away from the problem area.
- Soil separation fabric to prevent dirt and roots clogging the pipe.
- Clean gravel for water to filter through, into the buried pipe.
- Perforated PVC Pipe (NOT cheap, corrugated plastic). PVC is a far more durable pipe, which will stand up to driving mowers over top your French Drain as well as the compacting earth.
- Down Spout tie-ins. Gutters should drain into the PVC pipe to carry water away from your home as fast as possible.
Here you can see where we tied in the gutter downspouts using glued and fitted PVC pipe.
The French Drain pipe’s outlet is far from the home, preferably near the street.
A freshly dug drainage ditch can be seeded and strawed to regrow grass, or for an immediate fix, Jolly Lawns can also install Sod to make it look like we were never there!
Contact Us Today if you have drainage issues or standing water around your home!