French Drains

French Drains are underground drainage systems that redirect water. They are composed of perforated pipe and gravel and are installed for various reasons including:

  • Redirect guttering runoff
  • Prevent standing water in yard
  • Take pressure off of retaining walls
  • Prevent water from seeping into basements or foundations

French Drains work so well because water moves much faster through gravel than it does soil.

Cutaway Illustration of a French Drain System