It is often hard to ignore the wild weather systems that have become a regular feature of American life. From huge storms to blisteringly hot summers and everything in between, it feels as though every other day there is a 'once in a hundred years' type event. To make sure that your home is properly secured against as many potential risks as possible it is important that you implement some simple building techniques that have been in use for hundreds of years, one of which is known as a French drain. Here is why French drain installation is so important for your new (or old) property.
The Issue At Hand
A lot of people have homes that exist in either a flat area or a gully, which means that when it rains for long enough, water can build up and stay in one place around your house. This can cause mold to grow, as well as generally weaken the structural integrity of your home, which is not something that you want to risk in the long term as you can potentially cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, if not more. The question then arises, how do you get rid of this water?
French drains are a simple idea that works on basic principles that water will always flow to a lower point due to gravity. If there is no lower point near your home, then French drains help establish one by their very existence. A French drain is a small channel that is dug out and a series of pipes that are put in place to remove the water from around your home and place it somewhere that it will do no damage. No exorbitant building costs or fancy material, just very simple principles executed flawlessly which can help save your home from water damage.
Better Now Than Later
While you might be on the fence about actually spending the money to get French drain installation done, the simple fact is that if you think you might need it then you would be better off having it now than wishing you had installed it later. It is not that expensive a service, and it will last for decades with minimal upkeep. Think of it as a form of insurance that can protect your home against slightly larger downfalls of rain that are becoming more and more common across the entire country and, indeed, the world.
Contact a local landscaper to learn more about French drain installation.