French Drains: A Ground Remediation Tool Of Importance

The construction industry faces a serious problem with water-laden soil rectify. Wet dirt can slow heavy construction equipment down and make construction take longer. The installation of a French drainage is the easiest way to solve this problem. French drains consist of a small trench that is filled with gravel and/or sand. This corrugated drainage pipe is then laid on top, and covered with topsoil. Finally the sod is applied. French drains should not be overlooked because they are inexpensive, easy to install, as well as simple to understand. French drains function by catching water and allowing it to drain away in an environmentally friendly manner. French drains have two main purposes and the location of their installation will vary depending on what they are intended to do.

Drying Out Land

French drain trenches help to keep the soil from being overly soaked and dry by catching sub-surface moisture and draining it away. It is useful for construction companies who are building on low spots where the water tends a settle. The highest point on your property must be located before you can install this type of French drainage. The trench will be dug at the highest point of the property, then run down to a low area. The method captures the water and uses gravity to move it to a better area.

One way to avoid water seeping into the building’s foundation is by using a French drain. It is achieved by forming a moat surrounding the foundation. For this application of French drains, the trench is dug four to six foot away from the base in an ”U” shape. This method drains the water away from the trench by catching and pooling it.

The Use of a Construction Site During Construction

French drains have two very useful uses in construction. The use of French drains to drain soil water can speed up construction by preventing heavy machinery from becoming clogged. The value of the building can be increased by using them to prevent water damage. It will make the building more structurally sound, and therefore safer.

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