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French Drain Installation Berkshire


French drains are used to direct runoff away from buildings and to drain standing water into an area where it can not do any harm. A French Drain is a trench covered with gravel rock that redirects surface and ground water away from an area. These particular drains can have perforated hollow pipes installed below the inside bottom of the foundation floor in order to quickly remove water that rises from ground water which raises the water table.


French drains are popular drainage systems which are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating, or damaging building foundations. Alternatively, the French drain technique can also be used under certain circumstances to move water from around the exterior of a building, or to distribute the effluence from an outgoing sewer line to a septic drain field at the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. In addition French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.

Good drainage is important for ensuring that a home or property stays dry and free of mould. If groundwater collects in the basement, it is not only an inconvenient eyesore, it can also lead to wood rot and mould; creating health problems for those most sensitive to mould.


The most effective way to eliminate undesirable free-standing water is through the installation of French Drains with perforated pipes, filter fabric and gravel.


There can also sometimes be health risks for people who are sensitive to mould. These health issues occur when people inhale airborne mould spores. For some people, a small quantity of mould spores can be enough to cause health risks, while for others a larger amount of mould will begin to affect overall health. Children, pregnant women, seniors, and individuals with respiratory conditions are at higher risks from inhaling mould spores.


Surtees Groundworks French Drain installation specialists have been providing and installing French Drains to customers throughout Berkshire and beyond for many years, and are very proud of our solid reputation as being premier Berkshire French Drain experts.

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Based in Sandhurst Berkshire, we provide expert groundwork's and building services to homeowners and commercial businesses across Sandhurst, Yateley, Crowthorne, Fleet, Hartley Whitney, Ascot, Wokingham, Bracknell,  and the surrounding areas around Berkshire.


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