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French drain installation

Trust Groupe Durasec for the installation and maintenance of french drains as well camera inspections.

NEW HOUSE

AT DURASEC, WE INSTALL COMPLETE AND HIGH-PERFORMING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS.

Our high-end products as well as our exclusive french drain installation methods allow us to offer you an efficient, durable and easy-to-maintain system that keeps your home safe from water infiltration problems. Our installations are done using a four-inch BNQ pipe specifically drilled and approved by Groupe Durasec.

No perforation is present on the top, allowing to prevent fine dirt, dust particles and small rocks from obstructing the pipe. Two rows of half-inch holes are located on each side. No membrane clutters the outside of the pipe. The french drain installation is done with a laser level to give the drain optimal efficiency. For its entire working life, the French drain will remain level.

INFO FROM THE PROS:

A four-inch interior pipe installed on a level will automatically have a four-inch slope.

Steps for french drain installation according to Groupe Durasec standards:

  1. Laying a geotextile membrane #GT142 in the bottom of the excavation beside the footing.
  2. Installation of BNQ four-inch pipe with setting up brackets by laser leveling.
  3. Setting up the stone on the drain.
  4. Laying a geotextile membrane #GT142 on top of the stone.

EXISTING HOUSE

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FRENCH DRAIN:

The installation of 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 installed around a building. If correctly installed, it offers undeniable usefulness and efficiency.

  • It drains the water present around foundation walls
  • It prevents water from accumulating around foundation walls
  • It contributes in preventing water from infiltrating foundation walls

The water collected in the drain is then redirected 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 correctly installed and is in good condition is essential in protecting your home and property from moisture and infiltrations. Damage due to poor drainage is one of the most common hidden defects when purchasing real estate property.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOUR FRENCH DRAIN BE CHECKED?

The lifespan of a French drain is about 30 years, but it can be shortened considerably if it was improperly installed, if it is clogged or damaged, or if it falls subject to an iron ochre problem. To check your French drain, we perform camera inspections to determine its condition and determine whether it should simply be cleaned or required being changed. We will install inspection chimneys, which offer double advantages. Not only do they make regular checks possible at a low cost, they also help in periodic cleanings and maintenance of your drain. The type of drain we use, as well as our installation method are the same as in a new home context, without the use of the laser level.

INFO FROM THE PROS:

A four-inch interior pipe installed on a level will automatically have a four-inch slope.

Steps for french drain installation according to Groupe Durasec standards:

  1. Laying of a geotextile membrane #GT142 in the bottom of the excavation beside the footing.
  2. Installation of BNQ four-inch pipe with supports put in place by laser leveling.
  3. Placing the stone on the drain.
  4. Placing a geotextile membrane #GT142 on top of the stone.

CAMERA INSPECTION

TO ENSURE THAT YOUR FRENCH DRAIN IS OPERATING CORRECTLY, WE OFFER OUR HIGH-DEFINITION CAMERA INSPECTION SERVICES CONDUCTED BY OUR SPECIALIZED TEAM.

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF A CAMERA INSPECTION?

First and foremost, this test allows us to verify the state and proper functioning of your french drain in order to determine the causes behind efficiency problems or water infiltrations. We can then determine if it is truly necessary to replace the drain or simply maintain and clean it. Simple, fast, and efficient – camera inspections have become a reliable way to verify the condition of a drain during periodic checks, for maintenance purposes or to carry out an inspection when the property is being sold.

HOW DOES A CAMERA INSPECTION WORK?

Our specialist inspects and assesses your surrounding grounds as well as the work to be undertaken in order to conduct the test. To carry out the camera inspection, an access shaft is dug and chimneys are installed and connected to your French drain (we can also go through the catchment basin). When excavating the access shaft, we collect all the information necessary to determine the configuration and effectiveness of your drainage system. This information includes:

  • The exact depth, layout, and type of drain used;
  • The type of ground around the perimeter of your foundation walls;
  • The thickness, quantity, quality, and type of drainage crushing process that was used.

One of our specialized technicians proceeds to insert the camera into the drain and records the progress, centimetre by centimetre, to detect any anomalies. The path followed by the camera is viewed live on site and the recording is later studied in our offices. The final analysis is provided to you in a detailed report with a copy of the recording as well as our estimate for any corrections to be made, if necessary.

Once the camera inspection is complete, the access shaft remains in place. This will allow you to perform periodic checks as well as clean and maintain the drains without needing extra work or excavation.

In addition, if you are a victim of an iron ochre problem, the chimneys provide a great way to easily clean your drain at the recommended frequency and a low cost. We can also locate piping through a concrete slab or earth and assess their depth. If you would like to learn more about our services or would like to have your drains assessed by camera inspection, please contact us or fill out a quote request online now. It would be our pleasure to provide you with our expertise and offer you with a solution that meets your specific needs.

CHIMNEY VIEWERS

EASY-TO-INSPECT CHIMNEYS FOR EASY MAINTENANCE

Installing easy-to-inspect chimneys means not having to dig up the drain just to inspect and clean it. It’s a process that will save you time and money when future work is done and offers reassurance on the effectiveness and proper functioning of your drains. Chimney viewers are each set up in a strategic place. The cover, equipped with a net, is also easy to manipulate.

French drains repair
and maintenance

TO ENSURE OPTIMAL EFFICIENCY

French drains should be cleaned every year when iron ochre bacteria are present. During this process, it’s possible and practical to verify with the help of a camera that the cleaning process is complete (for a small fee). The cleaning process is carried out with 3,500-pounds of water pressure.

INTERIOR DRAIN

IN CERTAIN PROBLEMATIC CASES, IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THE SOLUTION IS TO INSTALL AN INTERIOR FRENCH DRAIN.

Case number 1:

The building has one or two shared walls and we want to connect the exterior back and/or front drain to a single catch basin to allow water to be evacuated.

Case number 2:

The building is located on a sloping street, and water is coming from a neighbouring home whose basement floor is more elevated than our building.

Certifications
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