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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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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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