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How A French Drain Keeps Your Basement Dry

Most homeowners believe that keeping their basement dry just means sealing up holes and cracks in the walls and floor. However, waterproofing your basement takes a little more than just patching up the place. One of the most valuable basement waterproofing tools around is the French drain.

What You Should Know About The French Drain

French drains began as a method to drain farmland and are typically seen as an American innovation despite their name. When they were first constructed using terra cotta roofing tiles, they were set on top of each other in order to form a type of crude pipe that allows for water infiltration from the sides. This is why the system is also commonly known as a ‘drain tile’.

When the French drain is used for residential construction, it sits along the footings of the foundation in order to create a space that will alleviate the pressure that is caused by the underground water. Instead, the water will be drained into the pipe and be carried off to a sump pump.

However, if the hydrostatic pressure under the foundation begins to force water into the basement through a cove joint between the floor and wall or through the cracks in the floor, then you may need an interior French drain installed. After a heavy rain or snow fall, the excessive moisture can cause the water table to rise and increase pressure towards anything lying above the soil.

Let AAAction Waterproofing Help You With All Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Since 1987, AAAction Waterproofing has been dedicated to keeping Maryland basements healthy, clean, and dry. We use everything from basement waterproofing to mold remediation to ensure your home remains moisture-free for years to come.

Contact AAAction Waterproofing today for a free consultation!

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on September, 28, 2016