In North Texas, the ground is largely comprised of Clay. Unfortunately, that means if your yard is flat and it pours, there is nowhere for the water to run, and without proper drainage, you will face constant standing water. If you are experiencing a soggy lawn, the solution may be a French drain. A French drain is excellent at collecting and channeling water, diverting it safely away from your home or yard. If you have any slope in your landscape, you can have peace of mind that water runoff will flow downhill, and by the quickest route possible.
An outdoor French drain is a trench you cover in rocks. It’s connected to pipes to guide water away from your home. The first part of French drains is the elevated end, referred to as a drain field. The drain field is where the groundwater or excess surface water enters the drain pipes. Then, there’s the second part: the French drain exit point, which is the lowest point where the water leaves the drain.
Water will always drain to the lowest point along the most straightforward path and readily move loose soil into the crevices. That is where a French drain comes in. It provides this accessible path and creates a sunken channel, encouraging water to drain out of the surrounding soil and flow along a smooth course.
For a French drain to function properly, it must leverage gravity as it initially forces the water down from the surface of the saturated soil, pulling it along the downward-sloping pipe to the appropriate discharge point.
You should slope the trench bottom around an inch for every eight feet in the direction you’re looking to have the water flow. Depending on your particular circumstances, you can divert the water to:
A simple way to decide where to install the French drain around your house is to look for areas where water pools, particularly if the water is sitting for hours or days after it rains.
Common Reasons you might want to move groundwater away from your home or property include…
Despite the name, this tried and true method for moving groundwater away from your home and property did not originate in France. It was developed by Henry Flagg French, a 19th-century American agriculturalist, inventor, lawyer, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ulysses S. Grant. He invented the concept and wrote a book about farm drainage published in Massachusetts in 1859. French drains were initially used to reroute water from a sloping piece of land, to where the water could be used somewhere else.
If you ever see water pool around the perimeter of your house, then the property lacks a drainage system, or the existing system is insufficient. Call Schrader Plumbing today and schedule one of our technicians to come out and give you an estimate on a North Richland Hills French Drain Installation. While seemingly benign, water can create costly damage. 817-262-0989
If you have need of a quality affordable plumber specializing in French Drain Installation in North Richland HIlls Texas, call the professionals at Schrader Plumbing today. 817-262-0989