Important French Drain System Maintenance Tips

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Did you recently purchase a home with a French drain system? Have you had a French drain installed in your basement, not that long ago, in order to prevent flooding? Initially, you might not think about the system very often, so long as it works as intended. However, a French drain can become clogged and stop working, the same as any other types of drains. Here are some tips for making sure that your drain continues to function properly:

Clear away debris as soon as possible: If you have an exterior French drain system, organic debris like leaves and twigs can start to build up around the drain opening. You might think that the drain will simply flush this debris away on its own but, due to the low pressure in the system, this is seldom the case. When you notice debris starting to build up, it's important to remove it as soon as possible in order to prevent flooding. If you have an interior French drain, you may want to check regularly to make sure that neither your children nor your pets have decided to use the drain opening as a secret hiding place for their toys. 

Use a pressure washer as needed: If you don't already own a pressure washer, you should consider investing in one to help you clean out your French drain system. Although there may not be any obvious organic debris buildup around the drain opening, silt or small bits of gravel could be flushed through the system and start to cause issues. While it could take years for the dirt to build up into a serious clog, there's no reason to wait for it to do so. By using a pressure washer once or twice a month around the drain opening, you can help keep it clean and can help it to drain correctly. 

Check the landscaping cloth: When an exterior French drain system is installed, landscaping cloth is put over the drain and then a layer of dirt or gravel is laid over the cloth to conceal the drain from view. Over time, things like excessive flooding or landscaping work can cause the fabric to shift slightly. When this happens, dirt and other debris can be flushed into the main drainage system. Even if the fabric is in place, the cloth itself can become clogged and require replacement.

If not remedied quickly, either issue could lead to potentially costly flooding. Two or three times a year, you should visually inspect the landscaping cloth to make sure that it hasn't shifted significantly and that it hasn't become clogged with dirt and sediment. If you hire landscapers to redo your yard, you should check afterwards to confirm that they didn't disturb the cloth enough to cause it to allow debris into your French drain. Contact a company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. for more information.

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