A French drain system is a great way to prevent water damage to the foundation of a home. French drains have the ability to last for years, but they are also susceptible to clogging. A filter sock is usually added to the drainage system in order to catch any debris and sediment before it enters the system. This filter can actually end up clogging the drain along with the sediments and debris. A clogged drain system may lead to water damage as a result of the excess water trying to find a new path. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can use to ensure that your French drain remains unclogged.
Cleanouts are commonly found in sewer lines, but can also be used with the installation of a French drain system. A cleanout is a closed off pipe that connects directly to the French drain. It gives anyone access to the French drain in order to clean out the system and remove any clogs. Cleanouts can usually be opened with the help of a wrench or with your own hands; as a result, this makes it easy for the homeowner access it whenever they need to.
Install a Sump Pump
French drain systems typically rely on gravity to drain the water away from the foundation. If you are installing a French drain in an area with heavy rain, then this can quickly become problematic. Your french drain will not be able to handle a large amount of storm water and debris all at once. This is where a sump pump comes in. A sump pump uses electricity to pump the excess water and debris away from your foundation. The force created by the electricity is enough to keep the excess water from clogging and backing up the drain system.
Use Geotextile Filter Fabric
Geotextile filter fabric is placed between the soil and gravel to keep water from penetrating the gravel and clogging the drains. A Geotextile filter fabric is recommended in place of a filter sock because it has less chance of clogging the drain. Geotextile filter fabric is constructed so that it can catch large rocks and debris as well as extremely fine sediment. While the filter fabric is a great alternative to a standard filter sock, it still needs to be checked seasonally to ensure that the material has not been compromised.
Dealing with water damage to your foundation as a result of a clogged French drain is time-consuming and expensive. As a result, use these tips to ensure that your French drain remains unclogged. Contact a company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. for more information.