When most people think about landscaping, they think about adding flower beds, planting trees, and laying mulch. These activities are a part of many landscaping jobs, but there are times when landscaping is done to address issues on the property. These tactics, which are sometimes called terrascaping, can make it possible for a property to support certain landscaping features or fix problems with the yard that could eventually damage the home. Adding a French drain is one of the things that Turf Goat can do to improve your property. In this article, we will explain the situations when you should consider using a French drain on your property.
Usually, adding the name of a European country before a noun makes the item sound more luxurious. That’s how we ended up with French toast, Belgian waffles, and English muffins. However, French drains are less glamorous than the name would imply. In simple terms, a French drain is a ditch in the ground that’s inset with a perforated pipe under a layer of gravel. You can think of French drains as gutters for ground level. These drains can be used to move water away from a particular area on a property.
Water is necessary to maintain the landscaping in your yard, but it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. When there isn’t proper drainage on the yard, water from rain and irrigation systems can pool in areas or flow in ways that you don’t want. For example, if the water is flowing onto the property of a neighbor, they may find the issue more than a little annoying. By using a French drain, you can redirect the water to another area that’s less problematic.
Ensuring that the water flows appropriately is also vital for maintaining the structure of the house. Poor drainage around the foundation of a home can lead to huge issues in the future.
If the house has a basement, water can push through the foundation and lead to moisture and dampness in the basement. Adding a French drain can help with wet basement issues.
Water near the base of a house can also lead to soil erosion near the foundation. This process can have significant consequences for the homeowner. If the foundation begins to sink, it will take costly repairs to address the issue. It’s better to nip this potential problem in the bud. Adding a French drain to remove water from around the foundation can prevent the need for costly repairs. Allowing Turf Goat to install a French drain is much less expensive than paying someone to foam jack the foundation.
Though French drains are more simplistic than people may think, that doesn’t mean they can’t be aesthetically pleasing. Turf Goat specializes in adding French drains that function well and don’t distract from the beautiful landscaping on the rest of the home. Visit our website to learn more about the kind of work we do at Turf Goat.
If you think you may need a French drain for your property, contact Turf Goat for a free consultation and a quote. Taking action today to address water flow issues on your property can save you massive headaches and repair bills in the future.