The primary objective of a French drain is to redirect excess water that accumulates near or seeps into the basement, ensuring the water is safely removed away from the building with a sump pump.
It's a common solution for basements with severe water infiltration issues, and consists of a trench with a perforated pipe that diverts surface water and groundwater away from the building foundation.
Water seepage often occurs during heavy rainfall or when snow melts.
Our service area is Rhode Island, nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts
A French drain installed in Rhode Island or any other state, is usually accomplished by digging a trench, laying a perforated pipe in the bottom of the trench, covering the pipe with gravel or crushed stone, and backfilling the trench with soil - the trench can be finished with concrete also. The trench should slope downward towards a designated discharge point.
The purpose of the drain is to allow water to flow through the perforations and into the pipe, and then be carried away from the site using one or more sump pumps.
French drains help prevent moisture buildup and mold in homes by keeping water away from the foundation of your house. A buildup of groundwater in the basement can cause damage to the structure and lead to mold growth, posing serious health risks to sensitive individuals. Installing French drains with perforated pipes, filter fabric, and gravel effectively removes standing water.
Mold exposure can cause various health issues such as nasal congestion, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. Black mold, in particular, is toxic and should be promptly removed to avoid potential health hazards.
Toxic mold often manifests as black or green and thrives in moist environments, potentially causing serious health problems. Prolonged exposure to black mold can worsen these issues. To minimize exposure and protect health, it's important to promptly remove black mold.
The cost of a French drain installation in Rhode Island can vary depending on factors such as the size of the drain, the type of materials used, the location and its accessibility.
On average, a French drain can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, and even more, but the exact cost will depend on the specifics of the project. It's recommended to get quotes from two to three contractors to compare prices and get the best value for your money.