If your yard gets wet after rains, even days later, you might need a simple drainage system. The hardpan layer deep in your soil can be blocking water run off. Use a trench drain or French drain to capture the soil water and route it away from you house and yard.
Rain can produce a lot of water in a short period of time. Your gutter and downspout drainage system must be able to move the rain runoff away from your house. If the water stays next to your foundation, it can leak and result in a wet basement.
A trench drain will help move water away from your house and yard. This trench drainage system, also known as a French drain, intercepts water before it reaches your house. The drain acts like an underground gutter, keeping your basement dry.
A French drain is an in-ground trench or pit that captures groundwater. If you build a trench French drain, it can collect groundwater and divert it to a low spot on the land. The best French drain design is one that allows water to freely flow from the trench back out onto the surface of the land. French drains and water go hand and hand, the water can be removed from your soil if a knowledgeable contractor installs one for you.
Exterior foundation waterproofing treatments vary greatly. Most foundations are damproofed. Drain tile systems, if installed correctly, will keep your foundation waterproof for years to come. Here are some drain tile installation pointers about backfilling and preventing ponding.
A popular soil drainage solution are French drain pipes around your home. These French drain systems capture sub-surface soil water and direct it away from the foundation. French drain systems need trenches dug, the right pipes and the correct placement of drain pipes for a good drainage system.