Does your basement leak? Is your yard soggy? Chances are that this is the case in many homes. Many people experience such problems with their yards or basements. The good news is that there is a solution to that in the form of French drain, popularly known as the rock drain. It is a very simple system and easy to install. Are you interested in knowing more about the rock drain?
How a rock drain works
A traditional rock drain is a trench which is normally full of gravel and sand on top of the gravel. It is meant to prevent the penetration of rainwater to the ground by offering a resistant path. In doing so it helps in the elimination of puddles. A modern rock drain, on the other hand, is a trench which is filled with gravel and has a pipe which is perforated inside. When water flows through the pipe, it is carried as well as taken away from the yard or home.
Areas where a rock drain can be installed
Are you wondering where you can install a French drain? You can install it anywhere around your home. The location where rock drains can be installed depends on the water issues in a particular home. So all you need is to identify where water is coming from and install it there. You can install one or many rocks drains depending on the magnitude of the problem.
Types of rock drains
Rock drains are categorized based on the areas where they are installed. They include:
Interior rock drain
The installation of an interior rock drain is normally done along the basement perimeter. It is then connected to a sump pump. This kind of setup is also referred to as an interior drain tile. The concrete basement floor is normally disturbed in the process, but the end result is usually worth it.
This type of rock drain is used in the collection of rain water and directing it to the sump pump where it is discharged. This therefore prevents water from penetrating the basement area.
Exterior rock drain
Commonly known as an exterior drain tile, an exterior rock drain is installed next to the foundation footer and then connected to a sump pump. Alternatively, pipes can be used laid to help in the discharging of water to a public storm sewer or a drywell. During the installation period, the home foundation is excavated all the way down to the footer and below.
This might neither be the cheapest nor the fastest waterproofing project, but it’s the perfect solution that you need for your basement. It is very effective in stopping water, especially when it is properly installed.
â�¢ Outdoor rock drain
Does your lawn become soggy when it rains? An outdoor rock drain will solve your problem. It is normally installed in the yard, but it is not buried very deep as the other waterproofing applications. This is because itâ��s used in the collection of surface water. Typically, such drains normally use gravity when carrying water to the place where itâ��s going to be discharged. The crucial thing here is to make sure that the pipe is installed in the required angle for the system to be effective.
If you are wondering whether a rock drain will solve your problem, contact Canada Waterproofers today to talk to a waterproofing expert.