If you own a home, or are looking to purchase a home in the future, you have probably been made aware of the importance of drainage. Draining excess water from your home is one of the most important things you can do in order to protect your home from damage and maintain the integrity of the exterior AND interior of your home. Without proper drainage, you could see water pool around your home that may damage the foundation. You may even see some leaks and interior damage. Rainwater from your homes gutters and downspouts may also be flooding your yard and property and soaking it making for a poorly maintained lawn. Simply put, you want to get any water away from your home and property as fast and the best as possible. What is the easiest way to do that?
French Drainage System
A French drain system is a widely used method for diverting water away from your home. This type of system involves digging a trench along the slope of your property and covering it with gravel. In some cases, piping is installed in the trench to expedite the movement of water away from the home or structure.
Benefits Of A French Drain System
There are a variety of benefits to this sort of drain system, all of which should be considered by homeowners. One of the biggest draws of a French drain system is that the homeowner can choose where the water is diverted. In traditional drain systems, the water is simply run off and away from the house, but with a French drain, the trench can lead as far away from other structures as the homeowner desires. Additionally, this type of system is cost effective, and does not require as much intensive installation as other types of systems. One of the features homeowners like best is that French drainage systems are often attractive. The trenches can be covered with gravel and decorative rocks that lead to a pathway towards your house. Having a drainage system that is effective as well as attractive is a real draw for many homeowners.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspection recommends a thorough inspection of any French drainage system installed in a home you are planning on purchasing. In many cases, homeowners take this project on themselves, but if not installed properly this type of drainage will not work and can wreak havoc on surrounding structures. Similarly, if you are planning on installing a French drain system, consult with a professional contractor or drain company to ensure the project is done effectively and correctly.
The Gutterman Of TN knows drainage systems and can recommend the right system for your home, as well as your budget. It is important that whatever style drainage system you use, you choose one that will work with the gutters around your home to properly divert water away from the structure, as well as any surrounding structures. The Gutterman will come to your home, look at your existing structures and recommend the best course of action. Don’t tackle an important task like installing a drainage system on your own. Trust the experts to recommend and execute a system that will work for you and your home for years.