Drainage Prevents Problems

How Foundation Drainage Systems Help Prevent Foundation Problems

Three DIY foundation drainage systems that use gravity. Compared to fixing cracked foundations, foundation drainage solutions are a cheap and easy way to help prevent foundation problems. From Advanced Foundation Repair.


  • Hi, I’m Fred Marshall with Advanced Foundation Repair and I’m here today to talk about foundation drainage systems.
  • Foundation drainage is important.
  • It helps to prevent foundation problems and avoid the need for costly foundation repairs.
  • Where gravity can be used to get rid of water, there are 3 general approaches.
  • The first and most widely used is to slope the ground so the water drains away into the streets.
  • For situations where there is not enough drop to create slopes, the next best option for drainage around a foundation is to create surface foundation drains connected to underground pipes.
  • The pipes should be solid.
  • No holes so that the water stays in the pipes.
  • Because pipes are smooth on the inside, they can move water away with slopes as little as one inch of drop for every ten feet.
  • If the lot the foundation is on is so flat that gravity can not be used, foundation drains can be run into sump pumps.
  • Care needs to be taken to ensure that the pumping capacity for each foundation pump is great enough to handle the volume of incoming water.
  • In cases where there is a need to get rid of underground water from around a foundation, French drains can be used.
  • The bottom line is that you need to drain standing water away from your foundation.
  • Use your eyes and if you need help with  foundation drainage systems, call the drainage professionals at Advanced Foundation Repair 214-333-0003.

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