What is a French drain?

What is a French drain?

Have you ever experienced a flood garage or water seeping into your house? Chances are you have a poorly designed driveway.

Ideally your driveway ought to be downward sloping away from plastic floor grating carrying any excess water out of your house (not towards it). This could prevent flooding in your garage or house.

If water is flooding your driveway or house frequently, consider installing driveway drain between garage and your driveway to avoid your garage from flooding.

You can consider installing a french drain or trench drain (link to Blog Post 3: Channel Drains and Trench Drains).

For more about trench drain, click here: Blog Post 3: Channel Drains and Trench Drains

Created by the French and popular in France back in the 1800s, a French drain (aka weeping tile. blind drain, rubble drain, rock drain, drain tile, perimeter drain, land drain, French ditch, sub-surface drain, sub-soil drain or agricultural drain) is a trench stuffed with rock or gravel or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. A French drain can have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or grated drains for driveways .

Depending on the severity of the flooding you have in your driveway, talk to a landscaping expert to advise you on the different types of drains you need to install in order to prevent further flooding.

To take care of the aesthetics of your driveway when you install a french drain or trench drain, consider our Jonite number of products where our steel reinforced drain covers (gratings for french drains or trench drains) can blend into the existing interior or channel grate landscaping design of your driveway, garage and home.

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