French drainage system is considered as the best option to keep the basement dry by many homeowners. When we entrust this job to the professionals, then we can be sure we will get a price that is quite expensive but in a great quality results.
To anticipate this, it’s good to do this work by ourselves especially if we have limited budget by observing 8 tips how to install French drain in the basement floor below.
- Prepare some supplies and equipment following before starting employment – PVC mounting strap, electrical tape, hole saw (2 inches), cordless drill, a back flow valve, 90 degree elbow (2 inch), PVC (2 inches), sump pump, sump pump pit, perforated drain tile (4 inches), shovels, sledge hammer, concrete saw, chalk line, pencil, and measuring tape.
- Measure and mark the discharge line – make sure the channel is 30 cm from the exterior walls of the underground chamber. Place in an area that has the greatest level of moisture so it will issue sump pump to make the water out.
- Perform excavation of the basement floor along the sewer lines. Make sure we make a trench with a width of 8 inches and a depth of 18 inches by using equipment that has been prepared. Clean all dirt and debris that we find.
- Sewer will require a degree of downward slope in order to effectively carry water to the final destination. To that end, condense underground passage at the bottom of the trench using a shovel and make 1 inch deeper trenches for each ditch with 2.4 meters long.
- Place the drain pipe into the trench closest to the bottom.
- Connect the pipe to the end of the water reservoirs.
- Contents trench around the pipe with gravel. The use of gravel will allow water to seep into the bottom of the trench in which there is a hole that leads to the pipe that flows into landfills. Make sure the trench is filled with gravel around the pipe – the top and the bottom (but not too much).
- Perform sealing trenches using cement after all the installations have been properly considered. Make sure we leave a distance of about 2 inches or more in the ditch near the wall.
By applying French drain, then we will have the opportunity to eliminate water from the basement to the maximum. It is a popular and effective method used to bring dry conditions in the basement which is identical as humid room.