If your home or business is located in an area that gets storms and heavy precipitation, you likely depend a great deal on the storm drains from rain gutter systems near your home or building. While the plumbing pipes and fixtures inside direct water safely to and from your property, storm drains collect water from the downspouts and in some cases direct it to drainage lines before it even comes into contact with the foundation of the home or building. So what happens when these important underground pipes aren’t doing their job properly? Flooding, expensive property damage, erosion, and even water backups can all wreak havoc on your home or business.
What is a french drain?
A french drain is a system that allows water to enter underground from your rain gutters then diverts that water away from the foundation of the home or business. Exterior french drains are usually buried in the soil and surrounded by gravel or mulch beds. The gravel acts like a filter, allowing water to sift down to the pipe while providing support for the soil.
The entry point for a French drain is usually found at the top of a grade, maybe or maybe not connected to a home gutter system downspout. Over time, french drains can be compromised by tree roots, stray soil, gravel and other debris. Regardless of whether or not your french drain has become clogged, it’s a good idea to clean it out on an annual basis. Regular maintenance to your french drain or underground downspout system will prevent costly repairs.
In most cases a simple buildup of pine needles and leaves accumulates inside the underground pipes which can be cleaned out. Tree roots are usually the most major problem associated with buried downspout lines. Roots typically penetrate through underground corrugated pipe. Once inside the pipes, roots continue to grow and expand the pipe until it blocks or even breaks the pipe. Once pipes are blocked, this makes removing the clog extremely difficult to remove. If roots have grown inside the under ground pipe over the course of time, an entire underground line may need to be replaced.
Cleaning underground drainage systems
Using commercial rooter equipment, our highly trained technicians are able to safely clean inside existing underground drain systems removing dirt and sediment. As preventative maintenance, it is recommended that your downspouts and underground drainage system is checked annually for any buildups or potential clogs.