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Differences Between Surface Drains and French Drains

Last updated 7 years ago

Having the proper drainage around the perimeter of your home is essential to preventing damage to your foundation and costly repairs to correct foundation issues. There are two types of drains that are most effective in removing water from the perimeter of your house: surface drains and French drains. In this post, we’ll discuss the primary differences between these two types of drains and how they can help keep your home’s foundation in great shape.

As the name suggests, surface drains collect water that is present above-ground and remove it from the perimeter of your home. These drains are designed to remove water that comes in contact with the ground so that it does not form pools on the surface, much like a bathtub or sink drain.

But what about water that travels under the surface? Ground water that travels underneath the foundation of your home can cause a great deal of damage. French drains are used to intercept ground water before it travels underneath your foundation. French drains consist of a deep trench, gravel and perforated PVC pipe. Ground water enters the trench and falls through the gravel to collect in the perforated pipe. The drains slope away from your home (or is collected and pumped away), carrying groundwater away from your foundation quickly and efficiently.

Because surface drainage systems and French drains are two different types of water collection, one or both may be essential to proper drainage around your home. Preventing the pooling of water both at surface level and removing ground water are both essential for a stable foundation.

To learn more about how French drains and surface drains can help prevent foundation damage, talk to the drainage correction and foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repair, Inc. in Fort Worth, TX. They specialize in helping Fort Worth area homeowners prevent and repair foundation damage that threatens the safety of their home. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call (972) 484-1200.


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