French Drain

HOA boards are routinely faced with drainage issues and seek effective solutions. One of the most common and effective solutions is the French drain. A French drain is basically a ditch lined with rocks or gravel that helps drain water away from an area. It is used to protect the foundation of a house or structure from ground and surface water. French drains are used in areas with standing water issues to drain water away.


A French drain works on the principle of gravity, being slightly sloped down from the area to be drained to the area where one wishes to redirect the water. It is typically lined with perforated pipe and surrounded with landscaping matting to prevent dirt or plant roots from clogging the system. Excess ground and surface water percolates into the French drain and is directed away.




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