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Do you struggle with poor drainage at your place? Lawn always soggy? Driveway always washed out? Water getting where it shouldn’t? Whether it’s groundwater, surface water or just the overall efficiency of your water drainage system causing the trouble, a French drain system will almost certainly be the answer. You’ll be able to say goodbye to that unwanted water, regain control of the look and health of your outside spaces, and protect your home’s foundations and other features like retaining walls from potentially devastating damage.

With so much flooding in recent times, french drains can be a great way to prevent storm damage. So let’s get into the details!

What is a French drain?

First things first: why is it called a French drain? If you assumed it was because the concept originated in France, you’d be wrong! Actually, the credit goes to an American farmer from the 1800s called Henry French, who came up with the admittedly simple idea of creating a naturally sloping rocky trench complete with a simple pipe with a series of perforations to move water from where you don’t want it to somewhere you do – like another part of your property or a drain. How does a French drain work? For Henry French, it really was as simple as using gravity for the simplest and most attractive of almost-natural drainage solutions – and that same basic truth continues to this day!

French drains:

Look great: When you think of a drainage system, you’re imagining an ugly, man-made thing that stands out like a sore thumb amid your pretty garden. The aesthetics of a gravelly, rocky French drain, however, works seamlessly with well-planned landscaping – and you can even let the plants grow over the top!

Are easy to install: The bit that makes you sweat the most is the digging of the trench.

In fact, if you ask a French drain expert, they’ll tell you it’s not too difficult to put one together for yourself:

1. Plan the location, understanding that the gravity-powered drain needs to start at a high point and end at a low one.

2. Mark out the proposed location and dig the trench.

3. Lay filter fabric so that it can wrap up and protect the pipe.

4. Pour in a thin layer of gravel for the base.

5. Put in the perforated pipe, checking it has at least a 1% downwards gradient.

6. Create a water inlet (with grate) at the start of the trench and attach it to the pipe.

7. Cover up the pipe with another thin layer of gravel and backfill.

It’s important to note that you’ll need to check carefully for underground utility lines, bear in mind the possibility of extremely rocky soil and select the right pipes and get the drainage gradient just right – otherwise you’ll just be digging up your handiwork after the next downpour!

Let the experts install your French drains

If you just want to get your stormwater drainage solutions done quickly, professionally and with a 100% lifetime workmanship guarantee, you’re going to have to call Gold Coast Plumbing Experts for that! For fully-licensed and certified Gold Coast plumbers & drainage technicians, same-day service in most cases and fair, competitive upfront pricing, give our experts a call today.