Drain Tile Systems on the Foundation Exterior

Pros and Cons of Repairing your Wet Basement With an Exterior French Drain

Illustration of an exterior French drain system installed around the perimeter of a home

Cutaway of a French drain system installed on the outside of the concrete footer of a home foundation. A discharge line would also be included to send the water away from your home.

Shown in this photo are the French drain itself (filled with water), a fill of stone, and the backfilled soil.

One way of basement waterproofing that many contractors will suggest for waterproofing a basement is to install a french drain system along the outside perimeter of your home.

To install an exterior French drain, the contractor will take the following steps:

  1. First, the entire perimeter of your home must be cleared. Gardens, steps, or porches, must be removed before they can begin.
  2. Next, the contractor will dig out the perimeter of your home. Excavated dirt will be heaped around the home.
  3. The drain will be laid in a bed of stone along the bottom. The stone, and possibly a layer of filter fabric, are there to protect the drain from clogging.
  4. The excavated soil will be "backfilled" on top of the system. In a year, this soil will settle, and the contractor will need to return to fill in more soil.

Superior Basement Systems does not recommend this type of drainage system installed in your home. Instead, we suggest installing an interior basement drain along the inside perimeter of your basement or crawl space. For a free waterproofing quote in the Ohio area, call or e-mail us today!

Getting Ready To Install an
Exterior French Drain

A home before a french drain installation
You Will Need to Remove:
  • Trees
  • Shrubberies
  • Gardens
  • Porches
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Driveways
  • ..And More

Along with that, you can expect the contractors to create huge heaps of excavated soil all around your home, creating a mess.

On top of that, the process is extremely expensive, costing $15,000 to $20,000 per installation. The installation time is twice as long, or more, than if you choose to have an interior system put in.

Failing French Drains in Ohio

clogged french drain found in Polk, Ohio

A clogged French drain systems found installed around a home in Wooster, OH.

French drain systems have been installed on the outside of homes since the 1920s, and if they were the best way to dry a basement, Superior Basement Systems would be installing them too.

Unfortunately, placing a French drain along the outside exterior is a recipe for failure in the long term. When you put a drainage system several feet under the earth, even in a bed of gravel it will eventually clog with dirt, roots, and debris.

Sometimes, a contractor will try to stop this by laying down a layer of filter fabric around the drain. In this case, instead of the drain clogging, the filter fabric does. Other problems, such as freezing pipes, animals in the discharge opening, and improperly sloped lines are also common.

What happens when your drainage system clogs? It will need to be excavated again. Who wants to do that again?

For a FREE waterproofing quote, call or e-mail us today!

We service the Ohio area, including Alliance, Ashland, Cadiz, Dover, East Liverpool, Hartville, Massillon, Millersburg, New Philadelphia, Salineville, Wooster, Yorkville and nearby.

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Serving OH including the Greater Canton area
Our Ohio Service Area
Cities in Ashland County, OH
Ashland
Jeromesville
Loudonville
Perrysville
Polk

Cities in Belmont County, OH
Alledonia
Barnesville
Bellaire
Belmont
Bethesda
Bridgeport
Flushing
Jacobsburg
Martins Ferry
Piedmont
Powhatan Point
Saint Clairsville
Shadyside

Cities in Carroll County, OH
Carrollton
Dellroy
Malvern
Mechanicstown
Sherrodsville

Cities in Columbiana County, OH
East Liverpool
East Rochester
Hanoverton
Homeworth
Kensington
Lisbon
Salineville
Wellsville

Cities in Coshocton County, OH
Fresno
West Lafayette

Cities in Guernsey County, OH
Byesville
Cambridge
Kimbolton
Lore City
Pleasant City
Quaker City
Salesville
Senecaville

Cities in Harrison County, OH
Bowerston
Cadiz
Freeport
Hopedale
Jewett
Scio
Tippecanoe

Cities in Holmes County, OH
Big Prairie
Glenmont
Holmesville
Killbuck
Lakeville
Millersburg

Cities in Jefferson County, OH
Adena
Amsterdam
Bergholz
Bloomingdale
Brilliant
Dillonvale
Hammondsville
Irondale
Mingo Junction
Rayland
Richmond
Steubenville
Tiltonsville
Toronto
Yorkville

Cities in Knox County, OH
Brinkhaven

Cities in Mahoning County, OH
Beloit
Sebring

Cities in Monroe County, OH
Beallsville
Clarington
Graysville
Jerusalem
Lewisville
Sardis
Woodsfield

Cities in Stark County, OH
Alliance
Beach City
Brewster
Canal Fulton
Canton
East Canton
East Sparta
Hartville
Louisville
Magnolia
Massillon
Minerva
Navarre
North Canton
North Lawrence
Paris
Uniontown
Waynesburg
Wilmot

Cities in Summit County, OH
Clinton

Cities in Tuscarawas County, OH
Baltic
Bolivar
Dennison
Dover
Dundee
Gnadenhutten
Mineral City
New Philadelphia
Newcomerstown
Port Washington
Stone Creek
Strasburg
Sugarcreek
Uhrichsville

Cities in Wayne County, OH
Apple Creek
Burbank
Creston
Dalton
Doylestown
Fredericksburg
Marshallville
Orrville
Rittman
Shreve
Smithville
Sterling
West Salem
Wooster

Our Locations:

Superior Basement Systems
6628 Roy Andrews Road NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
1-330-423-4426