Installing a French drain is not only essential but has also been mandatory in Quebec since 1955. A French drain consists of a drainage pipe that is placed around a building. If correctly installed, its usefulness and efficiency are undeniable:
- It drains the water lying around foundation walls
- It prevents water from accumulating around foundation walls
- It aids in preventing water from infiltrating foundation walls
The water collected in the drain is then fed to a catch basin, also known as a drainage sump, which discharges water from the building’s drainage system. A high-quality French drain that is installed correctly and is in good condition is essential in protecting your home from moisture and infiltrations. Damage due to poor drainage is one of the most common hidden defects when purchasing real estate property.