Moving water away from a home’s foundation is a critical foundation maintenance step. Foundation French drains can be a very effective way for draining subsurface water away from a foundation.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
The Texas foundation repair company Advanced Foundation Repair’s latest video, “How to Install a Foundation French Drain System“, expands their free DIY online educational series. “Installing a Foundation French Drain System is simple and the supplies can be foundation at any local hardware store,” comments Fred Marshall, owner of Advanced Foundation Repair and narrator of the educational video series. Fred Marshall adds, “Moving water away from a home’s foundation is a critical foundation maintenance step. Foundation French drains can be a very effective way for draining subsurface water away from a foundation.”
French drains are trenches that contain a perforated drain pipe which is surrounded by gravel. Either the entire trench is lined with filter fabric, or the pipe is wrapped in filter fabric. Generally, the trench is covered with grass. They are very good are at collecting water that is accumulating in marshy or boggy areas and moving it away from foundations.
With a few basic supplies and tools, home owners can follow a few steps for installing a foundation French drain system.
- Level or Zip Level
- Filter Fabric made specifically for this type of application
- Perforated PCV drainage pipe
Video viewers are then walked through basic steps on how to measure and dig the trench, from how deep to dig the trench to the layers that need to go in and why. Helpful tips along the way caution homeowners on what to avoid such as:
- Make sure to line the trench with filter fabric. If the trench is not lined with filter fabric, the soil will wash into the gravel and plug up the drain.
- Never ever connect down spouts to the French drain. If down spouts are connected to the French drains, the flow of water can be so great that it will fill up the French drain and actually push water back into the ground.
Advanced Foundation Repair offers home repairs for the foundation including drainage improvements, foundation repair, plumbing, and general construction services. Advanced Foundation Repair has specialized in the foundation repair needs of Texas homeowners for over 100 years. Advanced Foundation Repair specialists’ reputations and prompt honest service assures customers satisfaction. Visit http://www.foundationrepairs.com for information on Advanced Foundation Repair’s services, home owner tips and DIY videos.