Have you ever gone into your basement after heavy rain and found a puddle of standing water? This is an unfortunate reality for many homeowners. Water pooling around the exterior of your home is almost sure to make its way into your basement eventually. Excess water both inside and outside of your home comes with some serious risks that you shouldn’t overlook. Luckily, a French drain provides the perfect solution!
Risks of Excess Water
Excess water is never a good thing. Outside of your home, standing water will attract annoying mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry certain diseases like the West Nile Virus, so the more you can keep them away from your home, the better! That standing water will also kill any grass or plants that sit below. Roots of surrounding plants, shrubs, and trees can become over-saturated. This causes the plants to die more times than not.
Inside your home, excess water poses a major health risk since it’s directly linked to the occurrence of mold growth. Mold growing in your home can harm you, your family, and your pets alike. Your foundation can become severely cracked and damaged from long-term water exposure. Correcting foundation issues is every homeowner’s nightmare. Needless to say, it’s a lot cheaper and easier to correct the water issue before it becomes a foundation issue!
What is a French Drain?
A French drain is a simple drainage system that’s installed underground around the exterior of your home where water typically sits. Instead of sitting around your home, the water will enter the French drain through perforated holes and be carried a safe distance away from your home for drainage. A deep trench is dug, the French drain is placed, then covered with gravel and soil. The addition of a french drain won’t harm your landscaping aesthetic and it serves a much-needed purpose!
Benefits of a French Drain
The benefits of a French drain all stem from the fact that water has a better place to drain. The water won’t be running down your driveway, washing away gravel or mulch. It won’t enter your basement, kill your plants, or attract unwanted pests. It will simply go into the drain and get carried away from your home. You’ll no longer have to worry about what’s going to happen with all of the water around your home after a heavy rain. A French drain is the perfect practical solution to put your mind at ease!
Contact B-Dry Boston today to schedule your french drain installation! If you’re not sure if a French drain is the right solution for your home, we can assess the property and offer a professional opinion on the best next steps to prevent future water issues.