One of the most concerning things any homeowner can find is water in the crawl space or basement. At Crawlspace Medic®, we know that with the heavy rains we experience here in South Carolina water seepage, flooding, and the associated problems are a real concern for homeowners in the Birmingham area. Many homeowners come to us for expert help, inspections, and advice on how to fix these problems. One of the most common questions we get is “What is a French drain installation”. We can help you understand the need for a French drain and how it works.
At Crawlspace Medic in Birmingham, we answer a lot of questions for homeowners. Our moisture control system includes a variety of services including interior French drain installation, vapor barriers, waterproofing, and more. We’ll come to your home to inspect your crawlspace or basement and help determine the source of the moisture and what solutions you need to ensure a dry space. If you’ve recently seen water in your basement or crawl space or your hardwood floors are cupping, your home in Birmingham could probably benefit from a French drain installation.
Moisture can enter the crawl space or basement in a variety of ways. If water consistently pools near the foundation after heavy rains or if you have a low spot in your yard, you could end up with seepage or flooding. Groundwater can also naturally percolate to the surface entering your home. Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth, pest concerns, wood rot, a damaged foundation, and other serious concerns.
Because of our heavy rainfall, it’s good for homeowners in South Carolina to find ways to prevent flooding, water seepage, or other drainage issues. One solution for Birmingham area families is an interior crawl space French drain installation.
A French drain—named after Henry French—funnels surface or groundwater away from your house. Interior French drains are installed in the crawl space and cannot be seen from the outside. A trench is dug against the interior foundation wall, slotted pipe is laid in the trench, and then the pipe is covered with gravel to filter out debris.
Water trickles into the trench, traveling through the gravel to reach the pipe. The drain empties into a sump pit at the lowest lying point in the crawl space. A sump pump is installed in this pit. The pump discharges the water a reasonable distance away from your home, so water can’t seep through the foundation and cause damage.
You may have heard this described as “weeping tile,” a “rock drain,” or by any number of other terms. The important thing to remember is that a French drain installation can provide good drainage for your Birmingham area property.
If you are concerned about drainage around your home or water in your basement, now is the time to call Crawlspace Medic® in Birmingham. Find out more about our French drain installations by calling (205) 987-2858. We are proud to work with homeowners in Birmingham, Alabaster, Bessemer, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, Indian Springs, Irondale, Leeds, Meadow Brook, Mountain Brook, Pelham and Vestavia.