You are inside your house watching the rain come down. You do not notice any water pouring over your gutters so it seems reasonable to think that your gutter system is working. Have you ever wondered where all of this water is going? Hopefully your gutter system is working and the water is being diverted away from your house and foundation. However, if the water ends up in an underground downspout or Nashville French Drain Services you may have problems that you cannot see until these underground drains are no longer working.
Basically the water flows from the roof, into the rain gutters, and then into the downspouts. These downspouts carry the water down and into a downspout extension or underground downspout. Both of these are designed to carry the water away from your home. Proper water management around the foundation of your home is essential for keeping the water from reaching your basement. If rain water is not being carried away from your home it can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your foundation, basement, siding, brick, and landscaping.
Many homeowners do not realize that their downspouts run into an underground downspout system or a French Drain Company Nashville TN These underground downspout drains can get clogged as easily as your gutters can with leaves and debris. Once they are clogged the rainwater will be forced to backup and come out near the foundation of your home, negating the effectiveness of your entire rain gutter system. Maintenance of these underground downspouts or french drains is therefore very important. French Drains can be installed in multiple configurations depending on the necessity of the project. During the gutter cleaning process it is critical to test the downspouts attached to the home as well as the underground downspouts to ensure that they are in good working order.
Let's take a look at these underground downspouts or french drains. Underground downspouts can be made with clay pipe, plastic PVC, or perforated plastic pipe. The clay and plastic PVC is very smooth inside and debris travels through them very easily. The perforated plastic pipe tends to hold debris in the perforations. Plastic PVC pipe is a more expensive material but is stronger and allows the debris to flow easily through the pipe and out the other end. The clay or plastic PVC pipe with the smooth interior may be flushed out with a high pressure water hose if it gets clogged. French Drains, Swales, Slot trenching, & downspout extensions are all effective tools for lawn drainage which can prevent standing water, slippery surfaces, and mosquitoes.
Let's take a look at the problems most common to underground drains. Most underground downspouts or french drains are installed by landscaping crews. Often times they use inexpensive perforated plastic pipe. The pipe is run underground, covered with landscaping weed control material, rock or mulch, and the end of the pipe is left buried underground with no place for the debris to flow. With no way for debris to flow out or to be cleaned out the system will eventually get clogged up. Once clogged the entire system may need to be dug up and reinstalled properly. This is more expensive than regular care and maintenance of your system.