French Drains

Poor drainage can lead to water runoff pooling in your yard, mold, or water damage in or around your home. Luckily, you can avoid these problems by installing a French drain. Investing in proper installation can save yourself a lot of repair and costly mistakes. Pittsburgh French Drains & Excavating has the knowledge and expertise to help with your drainage issues, so you’ll no longer have to worry about heavy rainwater down the road.

Interior and exterior drainage systems have the same function: to collect water that is near your foundation and direct it away from your house.  Water is naturally in the ground, surrounding your home. When it works its way through the soil to your house, it’s collected in the drainage channel.  This channel then directs the water away from the house through a drain or discharge line. 

Cory and his team installed a new sump pump with battery back up as well as repaired a damaged window well and installed a drain near it. The battery back up started beeping the next day and Cory came back over after his full day to investigate and saw the battery was cracked which was causing the alarm to get off. He went back to Lowe’s to exchange the battery and installed it again. That’s quality workmanship and caring about a customer.

Mike Pohland
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Do I Need a French Drain?

Wet basements during rain are a very common problem in the Pittsburgh area. Here are some telltale signs that it may be time to consult with an expert on French Drain Installation.

  • Visible leaks during rain.
  • Basement flooding during periods of heavy rain or snowmelt.
  • Basement smells musty or moldy.
  • Mold growing along basement walls or floors.
  • Water stains on basement walls or floors.
  • Cracks in the foundation.
  • High humidity in the basement.
  • Water pooling in the yard.

If you are experiencing any of these problems or are still unsure if you need a French Drain, call Pittsburgh French Drains & Excavating to schedule a free professional inspection. We can help determine your options when it comes to solving your water problems in and around your home! 412-400-6766.

Cory and his staff are very well versed in the field, very professional, time conscious and stayed in communication throughout the entire process. I HIGHLY recommend them with more than 5 stars. Our once swampy yard is now dry and reseeded. The French drain installed is doing its job.

Crystal Andrews

Advantages of French Drains

  • French drains are an extremely effective way to channel water away from a home to prevent water damage to the foundation and the interior of below-grade rooms.  For this purpose, French drains are generally installed underground around the perimeter of a home’s foundation.
  • Lawns that would otherwise be too moist can be transformed and rendered useful for gardens or children’s play areas.
  • French drains are relatively inexpensive to quick install, particularly if they do not require excavation of existing exterior structures, such as walkways and decks.

Exterior French Drains

Exterior French Drains are a great first defense against wet basements. They are installed around the outside perimeter of a foundation. A French drain is a trench filled with a perforated pipe and gravel that allows water to drain naturally from your yard. The pipe is covered with gravel or rock so that it’s not visible, and it’s angled downward to make sure drainage is smooth and routed away from the property. If you don’t live on a slope or near a hillside, you may need a sump pump installed to help pump water from the French drain to an exit point such as a storm sewer or dry well. 

Installing a French Drain is an investment, but it is one of the most extensive and proven solutions to address basement waterproofing. Sometimes an exterior French Drain is preferred or necessary to correct a specific problem, but there are less expensive or invasive method that can be considered, such as interior French Drains.

Interior French Drains

Interior French Drains and Sump Pumps are a proven waterproofing solution that can be installed quickly and affordably, even in bad weather or the dead of winter.

An interior French drain also consists of a perforated pipe, but it’s installed around the perimeter of the basement floor. Like exterior drains, the perforated pipe is surrounded by gravel to filter out dirt and sediments. The pipe collects water from the basement wall floor joint as it enters and carries it to a sump pit where a pump removes it away from the foundation. Preparation consists of removing belongings away from basement walls and using a jackhammer to remove concrete.

Schedule a free assessment with Pittsburgh French Drains & Excavating to determine which drainage solution is best for your home.