Ever heard of French Drains? Sometimes, you just have too much of surface water than you have bargained for. It could be that your neighbors land is at an higher elevation when compared to yours. This means that you have to deal with the run-off after a heavy downpour. Since you can’t change the slope of the land, you have to deal with it in your own way.


One of the most effective and inexpensive way of dealing with such issues is  the construction of a French drain. The idea of a French drain didn’t start from the francophone nation. However, Henry French, a farmer and judge in Massachusetts started the idea. A French drain follows the simple logic that water flows downhill and along the path of least resistance. It employs this natural principle to divert water to the area where you need it to go to.


When do you need a French drain?

If you are dealing with the issue of surface water, a French drain is your best option. It doesn’t matter where, in your garden or driveway, a French drain will do the job just fine. A shallow French drain that slopes appropriately and leads to where you want to relocate the water.


Peradventure water gets into your basement; a deep French drain that runs along the perimeter of the house will be able to drain off the water that gets into your basement. If you have discovered the problem earlier, it is better to add the French drain while the house is being constructed. You can also install an interior French drain, this collects the water as it comes into your basement and channels it out.


If you are building a retaining wall on the hillside or along a very hilly region. A French drain in this case must lead outside the house to prevent weakening of the retaining fence. To prevent the water from weakening the fence, a French drain must be constructed into the fence. The landscape must be evaluated by a professional before any construction is made.


What are the Professional steps in constructing a French drain?

Determination of trench location

It is very important to study the lay of the land before the construction starts. The professional will determine the path of least resistance that will take the water down to the desired location. The professional will also determine and evaluate how these choices will affect others around you.

Gaining approval

Once you have picked out a location, you must be sure that your choice does not adversely affect any other person. Are you channeling your French drain into a neighbor’s property? The professional will help you with the necessary background checks to ensure that you stay within the law.

Dig the trench

After getting the ‘all clear’, you can then begin to dig the trench. The approved area is first marked out and the trench is properly installed.

Install the pipe and close up

For some French drains, the trench is first lined with fabric before the pipe is installed. This helps to prevent clogging of the pipe. Once the pipe is installed, the trench can be filled with gravel or granite so that it flushes with the surrounding land.


Meanwhile, it is best when you allow ACS Irrigation help you with the construction of your French drains. Feel free reach out to us today and let’s solve your drainage issues. We are focused on delivering the fastest  quotes with the best customer service experience. Our customer reviews are the gauge we monitor daily guiding us to better enhance our delivery of services.