Germantown MD French Drain

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Germantown MD French Drain

A French drain in Germantown, MD, can reduce the area in a yard that is ruined by drainage problems. It is a combination of natural and man-made features that draws runoff harmlessly away from foundations, hardscapes and landscape features in a yard.

What Are French Drains?

Contrary to what one may think, the French Drain wasn’t invented in France. It is the invention of a Concord, MA, farmer named Henry French. He hit on the idea when trying to fix swampy areas on his property.

The drain is actually a gently sloping trench lined with rounded gravel. At the bottom of the trench is a perforated pipe. The runoff flows down the slope and through the pipe, drawing the water away from the house or other structure.

A French drain in Germantown, MD, is based on the principle that water flows downhill following the easiest channel. By constructing a channel in the proper location, the homeowner can guide uncontrolled runoff. These drains can be shallow, deep, interior, exterior or part of a retaining wall.

Taking charge of where it drains helps to get rid of puddles and standing water. Water can be diverted, using a French drain, to a lower spot in the yard, to a drainage ditch, dry well or the street.

Why Use a French Drain?

Water that collects in puddles and low areas in a yard is an eyesore. It reduces how much land is available for playing, entertaining, relaxing and gardening. It also reduces the resale value of a home. Any property with drainage issues is usually rejected by homebuyers, who don’t want to inherit someone else’s problems.

Standing water can also damage foundations of homes and garages. The water causes cracks and flooding, both of which are costly to fix. Though waterproofing the foundation is usually part of an overall drainage solution, the original problem still needs to be removed. Standing water is a danger to the structural integrity of a home.

Work with Professionals

The team at East Coast Landscape Design has been installing solutions like a French drain in Germantown, MD, since 1992. They know the terrain and soil conditions in the local area and how they contribute to drainage problems. They have the hands-on experience to develop a comprehensive, workable way to control runoff. They know how to use French drains as part of an overall erosion control and drainage strategy to reclaim a yard.

East Coast Landscape Design handles a variety of outdoor projects, both commercial and residential, including:

  • Retaining walls
  • Drainage and erosion control
  • Landscaping
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fireplaces and firepits
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Water features

Call today for a quote for a French drain or other drainage solution. Trust the experts at East Coast Landscape Design.

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- Dr. E. Bothwell
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One year after you finished our landscaping, I must say that we are overwhelmed at how fabulous you have made our home look.

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We are thrilled with our new stream and pond. We waited a long time, did a lot of research and talked to many landscapers about this work. Although we were expecting your work to be good, it turned out better than our expectations. Your attitude, as well as your crew's, was professional and upbeat...

- K. Ryan and M. Koslow
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