A french drain is one of many names but serves one main purpose. A french drain is also known as a rubble drain, rock drain, land drain, or subsoil drain, but each refers to the same structure. A pipe within a dug trench covered in rocks rather than soil. The trench is lined with wood and other materials. Why? To avoid extra moisture from ground water. Could you benefit from a french drain? Let’s find out.
A french drain diverts underground water away from the home. How does it do this?
The pipe is not attached to your home, instead it is a stand alone pipe perforated to allow overflow water to flow away. Extra water seeps into the pipe (once water levels get too high) and bounces off rocks until it reaches the ditch or the sewer drain.
Additionally to prevent debris in the french drain, cloth can be added on top of the rocks to act as a filter. The other way to limit debris is to change the type of pipe used. Slotted pipes can be more effective than those with small holes because debris cannot prevent water flow as can occasionally happen with the small hole pipes.
Once properly installed and functioning correctly, you will notice a major difference.
If you are looking for a solution to a wet lawn, you may have to look no further than a french drain. Named not after the country but after Henry French the man who in 1859 came up with the idea. This system offers an effective solution to ineffective water draining.