Managing rainwater and snowmelt from your rooftop is essential. Given enough time, water can create the Grand Canyon as easily as it can destroy your foundation. Water falling from your roof edge infiltrates into the soil and can collect against your foundation. During freeze-thaw cycles, this can open up cracks in concrete and mortar allowing your basement to flood or your slab to heave. Left unchecked, falling water can erode a small moat around the perimeter of your home to collect further water making the situation worse.
Gutters are the traditional solution. Properly designed, gutters will collect this water and divert it downhill and away from your foundation. But, some people might not like the appearance of gutters. Gutters may distract from the clean lines of a roof and may not fit the style or historic nature of a home. That’s where French Drains come in.
A French Drain is a trench, lined with fabric, filled with stone with a perforated pipe inside. The stone is highly resistant to erosion from falling water compared to soil and will prevent moatification. Water falling on the drain infiltrates into the pipe through the perforations where it is carried away from the house and foundation.
Family Tree and Home can help you with your rainwater problems through the installation of French Drains and other crafty methods. Give us a call for a free consultation and estimate.