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Protect Your Property From Water Accumulation With A French Drain System

A little rainwater can be a big help to your property as it hydrates your flowers and keeps your grass looking green! However, a lot of rainwater can result in serious problems for your home if you don’t have sufficient drainage.

At G.L. Hunt, we strive to help our community through our foundation and drain system services! We’re here to explain the dangers of water accumulation as well as how our French drain installation services can help remedy the issue.

What Is A French Drain System?

A French drain system is carefully designed to collect water after it’s already made its way into your soil.

To start, a trench must be dug within your property for the pipe to sit in — but this isn’t just any pipe! The pipes in a French drain will have perforations, or holes, to help collect water from the trench.

As water slips down beneath the surface and accumulation occurs, the water will rise through the holes and into the pipe before being carried away.

Surrounding this pipe is gravel or stones, which help guide water towards the pipe — ensuring an effective drainage process.

French Drain Installation Protects Your Foundation

The main reason to install a French drain is to protect your foundation from water damage.

When water overflow accumulates either at the base of your home or within the soil underneath it, it’s much more likely to experience soil expansion, shifting and settlement. This can lead to foundation cracking, sinking and instability.

Bonus: French Drains Hide Beneath Landscaping!

One significant advantage of adding French drains to your home is that they can blend in naturally with your landscape, especially when compared to surface drains. The drainage occurs once the water has already entered your soil, so the plumbing system can be covered with rock landscaping or grass to hide what lies beneath.

Additionally, the pipes in this system are covered with a permeable material. This is a necessary feature due to the holes in the piping. Covering the pipe will allow water to enter your drains as needed while keeping out the gravel that surrounds it. This differs from other drainage methods — such as gutter systems — that are left open.

French Drain Installation Timeline

The time it takes to install a French drain varies — lasting anywhere from hours to days. Despite this lengthy service, the end result will be well worth it if you often suffer from a flooded lawn and poor drainage.

That being said, to experience the best results, you’ll need the best services! Improper installation can have severe consequences, resulting in flooding and water damage. That’s why we recommend homeowners choose our team for their French drain installations!

We have a strong understanding of how these systems work and the skills it takes to provide high-quality service!

Which Homes Benefit The Most From French Drains?

A French drain is meant to solve water accumulation and its harmful effects — such as foundation settlement and soil shifting. For this reason, homes that tend to have puddles of water left over after a storm should consider installing this drain type.

This issue is commonly found with flat homes, where no natural sloping encourages water to flow away. However, if your home’s landscape experiences any dips where water gets caught between two high points, a drain pipe install can help with this.

For any questions about what’s best for your lawn and your home, call our team at G.L. Hunt! We’re here to answer your questions and provide professional service that sets your home up for successful drainage.

What Sets G.L. Hunt Apart?

Our team works with pride to guarantee high-quality results for properties all across Texas. In every service we provide, we aim to personify the following values:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Gratitude
  • Leadership

Additionally, members of our team have the training and knowledge needed to perform high-quality installations — so you never have to doubt the quality of our service.

Don’t spend your time fretting over the state of your lawn or foundation. Instead, put your worries to rest knowing that a French drain installation from our team can keep your property safe.

Schedule Your Drain Services With The Team At G.L. Hunt

When your yard starts to suffer, you need a team that can protect your property. At G.L. Hunt, we’re here to answer this call! Put your trust in our team and contact us to schedule a French drain system installation.


What Are Gutters For?

Gutters are designed to catch rainwater and move it away from your home. Positioning gutters directly under your roof’s edge will prevent large amounts of water from being deposited at the base of your house. Not only will this reduce the number of puddles you’ll have to step through when leaving your home, but it will also protect your foundation!

After the water is collected under your roof, it will move down the gutter system before flowing away from your home. With gutters in place, this process happens in a controlled manner that enhances your property’s drainage abilities.

How Often Do Homeowners Need To Clean Their Gutters?

When it comes to cleaning your gutters, there’s no set schedule you have to follow. However, there are helpful guidelines that can reduce your likelihood of clogs. Clogs in your rain gutter happen most commonly due to leaves or twigs that find their way into your gutter.

Homeowners should inspect their gutters as the seasons shift into the fall and spring. These seasons are active times for landscape changes as your trees either shed their leaves or support new growth — both of which can result in debris falling into your gutters.

In addition to these seasonal markers, you may find that you need more frequent cleanings if you live in rainy climates — especially during Texas’ spring storms! If you notice that your gutters seem to be clogged, don’t let your drainage system overflow! Instead, take steps to ensure your gutters are cleaned and cleared to receive the full benefits of your investment.

What Is An Exterior Drain?

Exterior drains are a solution to excess water accumulation in yards. These systems are identifiable with grates in the ground that are open for water to fall into during rainy weather. After the water is caught, it will flow away from your property using pipes installed beneath your soil.

One benefit of these systems is that they’re efficient at removing water, carrying it away quicker than other drainage options.

What Is A French Drain?

A French drain is a reliable and efficient drainage option for many homeowners across Texas. Unlike traditional drains, which are marked with a visible grate, French drains are subtle. They consist of a perforated pipe that runs underground within a trench.

This pipe is covered with a material that allows water to flow through but prevents rocks or dirt from forcing their way into your pipe. This is especially important as your drainage pipe will be surrounded by gravel that helps move water into it.

How Do You Unclog An Exterior French Drain?

Unclogging an exterior French drain can present challenges as the pipes are located underground. However, a drain snake can physically remove built-up materials and help dislodge clogs.

For stubborn blockages, consider calling an experienced professional on our team for drain cleaning services. This can ensure your pipes are handled safely, protecting the health of your French drain and maintaining efficiency!

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Fort Worth, TX

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Austin, TX

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Dallas, TX

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Fort Worth, TX

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Dallas, TX

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Fort Worth, TX

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Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

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San Antonio, TX

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