How Do French Drains Work?

Are you battling with wet basements or soggy lawns? The secret to dry basements and well-drained yards may just be a French drain. At Steel City Waterstoppers & Foundation Repair, we've seen firsthand the transformative power of a well-installed French drain, turning damp conditions into dry, comfortable spaces. Here, we'll guide you through the workings of a French drain, why it's an effective solution, and how we carry out a professional French drain installation right here in the Pittsburgh area.

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How French Drains Work

Essentially, a French drain is a slightly sloped trench filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your home. Water flows into the trench, then into the perforated pipe at the bottom. Gravity guides water through the pipe, channeling it to a safe distance from your home or into a drainage ditch.

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Why Choose French Drains?

In the Pittsburgh area, where the weather can be unpredictable, a French drain can be a crucial part of your home's defense against water damage. Unlike other methods, French drains can manage surface and groundwater, reducing hydrostatic pressure on your foundations.

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Our French Drain Installation Process

At Steel City, we provide industry-standard French drain installation services. We carefully consider the slope, size, and placement while working as discreetly as possible to limit disruption. We use high-quality, durable materials to ensure long-lasting performance and value for our customers.

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Your Waterproofing and Repair Services Partner

Beyond French drain installation, we offer a range of waterproofing and repair services — including foundation repair, sump pump installation, and basement waterproofing — all designed to protect your home from water damage.

If you're experiencing water problems, take advantage of our French drain installation and other services. You'll benefit from lessened water damage risks, potential property value increases, and peace of mind — knowing your home is safe and sound. Contact us today and let Steel City be your solution against unwanted water.

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