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When you need a foundation drainage system, you have two main options: french drainage or a trench drain system. Which is the right one for your home and your exact situation? Complete Trenchless is here to help you figure it out!

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  • Understanding Your Two Options
  • Selecting the Right Foundation Drainage System
  • Complete Trenchless is Here for Washington Homeowners

Understanding Your Two Options

Anytime your home has a water problem, you need a foundation drainage system put in place to alleviate the issue. But, which one? 

A french drain is a ditch in the ground, inset with a perforated pipe under a layer of gravel. The pipe is very important for french drainage, because it funnels water seeping into the ground away from where you don’t want it. Creating these particular types of systems involves digging a trench around your foundation. Think of french drainage like gutters put in your yard.

Trench drains, on the other hand, divert excess water away from the surface. This is why they are sometimes referred to as a surface drain. They are usually lined with concrete and sloped appropriately to take advantage of gravity, letting this natural force divert the flow of water away.

Selecting the Right Foundation Drainage System

If the soil around your foundation always seems to be damp, the high moisture content in the dirt indicates that water is creeping under the soil and could be affecting your house. A french drain is a good drainage system to pick if your foundation is exposed to average amounts of rainfall and is not threatened by serious flooding conditions.

On the other hand, it’s wise to install a trench drain system on the surface when water is collecting right up against your concrete slab or underneath your porch or deck. Many water problems can be solved by properly sloping the ground around the problem area and simply letting gravity do its job. Pooling or ponding of water is cause for concern, no water where it is. 

Complete Trenchless is Here for Washington Homeowners

Homeownership is a breeze when everything is working properly. But, what about when things  aren’t going so well? What about if you have a pipe or water problem? Getting the right solution isn’t always easy. You don’t need to handle this big water problem on your own! 

As you may have suspected, this information only scratches the surface of what you need to know in order to make an informed decision. Foundation drainage is pretty complex. If you have any questions about the best foundation drainage solution for your home or property, contact us today. Complete Trenchless is here to help Washington homeowners with all of this and more!


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