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Install a Foundation French Drain DIY Video

Educational How to Install a Foundation French Drain System Video Released by Advanced Foundation Repair

The Texas foundation repair company Advanced Foundation Repair’s latest video, “How to Install a Foundation French Drain System“, expands their free DIY online educational series. Released February 27, 2013 Dallas County, Texas

“Installing a Foundation French Drain System is simple and the supplies can be foundation at any local hardware store,” comments Fred Marshall, owner of Advanced Foundation Repair and narrator of the educational video series. Fred Marshall adds “Moving water away from a home’s foundation is a critical foundation maintenance step. Foundation French drains are a very effective way for draining subsurface water away from a foundation.”

French Drain Basics

French drain trenches contain a perforated drain pipe which is surrounded by gravel.  Either line the entire trench with with filter fabric, or wrap the pipe in filter fabric.  Cover the trench with grass. Foundation French drains excel at collecting accumulating water from marshy or boggy areas and moving it away from foundations.

Tools You Need

With a few basic supplies and tolls, home owners can install a foundation French drain system.

  • Shovel
  • Level or Zip Level
  • Gravel
  • Filter Fabric made specifically for this type of application
  • Perforated PVC drainage pipe.

Walk through basic steps on how to measure and dig the trench, from how deep to dig the trench to the layers that need to go in and why.

What to Avoid

  • Make sure to line the trench with filter fabric. Make sure to line the trench with filter fabric or soil will wash into the gravel, plugging the drain.
  • Never ever connect down spouts to your French drain. 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.
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