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How to Install a Foundation French Drain System Video

Do It Yourself – Watch the How to Install a Foundation French Drain System Video

Foundation French Drain System are simple to install. The supplies can be foundation at any local hardware store. Foundation French drains can be a very effective way for draining subsurface water away from a foundation. Follow this video for simple steps on how to install a foundation french drain system.


  • HI I’m Fred Marshall with Advanced Foundation Repair.
  • I’m here today to talk to you about foundation French drains.
  • Drainage problems can be caused by surface or sub-surface water.
  • French drains are a type of drain that is used to remove sub-surface water.
  • As a general rule French drains should be at least 24 inches deep.
  • Drains that are less than 24 inches deep are most likely collecting surface water in which case a French drain is not needed.
  • A typical French drain is a trench lined with a special filter fabric covered with a few inches of gravel in the bottom of the trench.
  • The next step is to lay in a perforated pipe with the holes of the bottom side.
  • After the pipe is laid, the trench is filled with gravel to within a few inches of the surface.
  • Here you can see they are stopping at about 6 inches below the ground.
  • As a final step, the filter fabric is folded over the top of the gravel and the fabric is covered with dirt.
  • If you do not line the trench with filter fabric, the soil will wash into gravel and plug up the drain.
  • Wrapping a pipe in a cloth is no substitute for lining the trench.
  • The drain works by capturing water that is flowing through the ground. Sub-surface water enters into the gravel, flows down into the pipe, and is carried away through the pipe.
  • The cloth keeps soil particles from plugging up the gravel.
  • Never ever connect down spouts to your French drain.
  • Remember the reason for going through the expense of installing a French drain is to get rid of ground water.
  • If you connect you down spouts to your French drains, the flow of water can be so great that you fill up the French drain and actually push water back into the ground.
  • For expert drainage advice call the professionals at Advanced Foundation Repair, 214-333-0003.

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Christopher Lorenzo
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted work.read more
Gwen Baumann
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other company.read more
Linda Krizka
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with them.read more
Michael Francis
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are doing.read more
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