You can always consult a professional, but below are some sure signs that indicate you needing a French drain:
1. Water In Your Crawl Space
Having water in your crawl space can end up damaging the items in your home, and even your house itself. Because too much water can aid in the development of mold and mildew that can possibly damage your home, and even lower the quality of the air inside it. This can contribute to the risk of allergies and other respiratory diseases. If you have water in this area, you can choose to install your French drain around your home’s exterior. You may also need to install a sump pump as well. This is so that you will have a place to collect water that can pump it away from your home.
2. Flooded/Soggy Backyard or Driveway
Do you often experience pooling in your yard? Or do you often have to wait for your lawn or yard to dry out after every rainfall or rainstorm? Do you have to shovel the water in your driveway after every storm as well? If you find yourself agreeing to all these questions, then it might be time to install a French drain. Installing a French drain will address all these issues, and you won’t have to worry about all the frustration you have to face. You can build a French drain that will redirect all the overflow of water in the problem areas.
3. Constructing A Retaining Wall
Installing a French drain is also necessary if you are going to build a retaining wall along a hillside. This is so that the water that will be moving downhill won’t end up getting accumulated, which will end up weakening the wall.
Outdoor Patio Damage
Outdoor patios are a great place to bond with your family, and having excess water in the area can ruin it. It can even become a breeding area for mosquitos as well. What you can do to combat this problem is to install a French drain so that water can be collected and redirected into another direction.