A well maintained and properly installed French drain serves a number of important purposes in your home. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is proud to be our area’s experts in all things related to basement drainage. Whether it’s installing a new system, repairing or cleaning an existing one, or providing emergency service when your basement starts flooding in the middle of the night, contact us first.
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French Drain Basics
French drains — also known as weeping tiles, blind drains or drain tiles — are a commonly used system for preventing water from accumulating in your basement. When water builds up in the soil surrounding your home, it puts pressure on your foundation, potentially causing cracks or flooding. A French drain consists of a length of PVC pipe installed either under your basement or around the perimeter of your home. This pipe is perforated so that when water accumulates, it is distributed to an absorbent gravel field rather than building up against your home’s foundation.
Maintaining Your French Drain
Fortunately for homeowners, a French drain doesn’t require much regular maintenance to function. Over time, however, leaves and other debris can accumulate in the holes of the drain’s piping. To prevent this from compromising its effectiveness, we recommended having your French drain cleaned once a year.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing can provide annual French drain cleaning and inspect your system for cracks, leaks and other signs for damage. As a member of our AdvantagePlanÔ program, you’ll automatically receive an update reminding you of when you’re due for service. Members also receive priority scheduling for repairs and periodic discounts on parts and service.
How to Clean French Drains
If it seems that your French drain has become clogged, you can probably clean it out yourself. Find a drain opening, preferably on a high side of your yard so you can use gravity to your advantage. Some drains can be cleared away with a pressure washer. More stubborn clogs require a drain snake. If you have access to either of these, give it a try before you call a professional plumber.
Installing a New French Drain
Installing a new French drain in your home is a fairly involved task that is best left to professionals. Though the process involves nothing more than digging a trench and laying a length of pipe, careful consideration must be made to calculate the ideal width, slope and other considerations. If you’re building a new home or considering adding a French drain to an older property, Mr. Rooter Plumbing can help.
We have been serving clients in Syracuse, Auburn, Baldwinsville, Camillus, Liverpool, Manlius and Skaneateles for years. Our expert technicians understand the drainage needs of homes in our area, and we can design and install a system that works for you.
For more information about cleaning or installing French drains, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse at (315) 472-1203.