My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
If you have water collecting in the basement, you may have been told to get a sump pump to get rid of it. This will get the water out of your basement for a little while, but unless you have a French drain in place to divert it away from your house, it is just going to come right back in. In addition, water sitting around the foundation but not actually getting into the basement can cause a lot of damage to the building. Have a French drain installed to completely take care of the problem.
How a French Drain Works
A French drain is essentially a ditch dug around the perimeter of your basement to divert the water far away from the building. This ditch has a layer of stone and then a drain pipe in the bottom. The pipe is covered with stone or some type of aggregate that will not compact around it. The flooring or ground around the ditch is sloped so all water will run off into it. The pipe extends until it is far enough away from the building that the water will not cause any damage. The water also seeps out of the holes in the drainpipe in areas where the ground has reached its saturation point.
How a Sump Pump Works
A sump pump is usually installed in a drain that is in the middle of the floor of the basement. The floor is sloped towards the center drain. As water builds up, it flows to the drain. Just inside the drain is a pump to help suck and push the water out of the basement and into the ground. The problem with this is that the ground has already reached the saturation point when water is seeping into the cellar. As some of the water seeps deeper, it does make room for more near your basement. However, if it continues to rain, or if the snow melts, there is going to be a continual flow of water into the basement that cannot be handled unless diverted to an unsaturated area.
How a French Drain and Sump Pump Work Together
When you use a sump pump in conjunction with a French drain, the water is sucked out of the basement by the pump, pushed through to the French drain, and then diverted to a sewer system or someplace where it can be absorbed or evaporate and not sit against the concrete of the building, causing it to crack and crumble. Your basement has a chance to dry and stay dry.
To install a French drain system for your home, contact a contractor that specializes in them in your area.