French drain


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French drain

[¦french ′drān]
(civil engineering)
An underground passage for water, consisting of loose stones covered with earth.

French drain, boulder ditch, rubble drain

French drain
French Colonial architecture: Spanish Customs House, New Orleans
1. A drain consisting of a trench filled with loose stones and covered with earth.
2. Same as drain tile.
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This may mean installing a French drain, or ditch, around the perimeter of the interior with a sump pump to remove any moisture that collects there.
The company offers foundation repair, basement waterproofing, French drain installation, and more.
The work will entail building a French drain to allow groundwater to migrate through the subsurface without damaging the roadbed.
Stephens said the site needs a new cap, a system to extract landfill gas, an improved system to capture contaminated water already inside the landfill, a metal wall to keep polluted groundwater from flowing to the lake and a bigger French drain.
It's used in installing a French drain type of system.
Having completed a pre-assessment and consent, I inserted an eight French drain into the right lower abdominal quadrant, using ultrasound guidance, local anaesthetic and a standard Seldinger technique.
A blind inlet is similar to a French drain that channels excess water away from a building foundation.
The two primary reasons for this are that, except for the last few feet, all service lines are usually above the water table; and groundwater flows easily in the backfill of a mainline because of the French drain effect.
If your home requires a sump pump or French drain to help keep the basement dry, this is an indication that water infiltration may be a problem.
If it is a French drain or a leach field, the contents may have an effect on nearby trees.
READER SOLUTION: "We built a French drain gravel walkway lined by decorative brick The digging wasn't easy on my husband and stepsons, but during the first hard rain after we installed it, we all got our slickers on and went outside.
The situation on Carter's property has been tricky because it's not clear whose fault it is that the old French drain system is failing.