French Drain Systems | Stay Dry Waterproofing

French drain systems redirect groundwater away from the house and lower the hydrostatic pressure against your basement walls. Due to the high water table around The Great Lakes, Michigan homes are at a greater risk of flooding.

Michigan has more annual rainfall than most states, and the excessive moisture in the ground causes soil to shift and crack basement walls.

Homes built on clay and other expansive soils need drainage systems that adequately prevent water from leaking through basement cracks.

Trench Is Filled With Washed Stone
Trench Is Filled With Washed Stone
French Drains Can Be Installed Inside Finished Basements
French Drains Can Be Installed Inside Finished Basements

StayDry® is committed to helping Michigan homes remain water-free. Our complete line of basement waterproofing services includes french drain installation, sump pump repair and replacement, interior and exterior waterproofing, and crack injection.

We believe in doing a job correctly the first time, and we offer an obligation-free consultation to those who want to effectively waterproof their home. Flood and water damage prevention is much cheaper than water damage repair.

To have a StayDry® agent come to your home and inspect your basement for free, call 1-800-STAY-DRY®.

What is a French Drain System?

A French drain installation is one of the most common wet basement solutions. The French drain uses a trench to redirect water away from the house.

Not all French Drain systems are created equal. We have been keeping basements dry using our proven French drain system for years. The Hydroflo French drain system—the only one we use at StayDry®—is not the box system preferred by other companies.

Hydroflo is the perfect modern French Drain system because it uses a strong, large pipe with open access on the bottom of the pipe installed at the base of your interior footer.

Its superior strength and round shape allow very precise “grading” to a discharge system, whether it is to the combo French drain system out to the sewer or a proper sump and crock system.

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How We Install a French Drain System

When installing a French Drain system:

  • We remove the concrete from the basement floor and dig a large trench
  • Then we install the separating fabric, drain tile, and stone
  • After this, we securely place a diverter on top and bend it near the wall
  • If we’re drilling weep holes, we place them at every core and mortar joint to relieve water pressure
  • Finally, we put in new concrete, thoroughly clean up our mess, and do a final walk-through to ensure everything has been done right

What Does a French Drain System Cost?

We understand that finances are a concern when it comes to waterproofing your home, which is why we’ll work with you to come up with a financing plan.

Ready to meet the StayDry® French drain? Let’s talk.

How French Drains Can Save Your Home

If you have a soggy yard, then a french drain is the perfect solution. Exterior french drains divert water away from your home into a storm drain or septic tank.

Interior water drains catch the water pressing against your basement walls and move it into a sump basin.

When the sump basin is full, a sump pump empties it. Sump pumps are critically important because if the sump basin overflows, it will flood your basement.

Boots in Puddle Heavy Rain

When a home floods, it is likely due to a faulty drainage system. New homeowners should call a professional basement waterproofer to make sure that their basement is equipped to handle Michigan precipitation.

As a family-owned business, we provide honest consultations to those looking to save money in the long run. We don’t cut corners, and we believe in doing a job only once.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

To protect your home against outside moisture, call StayDry® today at 1-800-STAY-DRY®. We are committed to helping you preserve the value of your home.

Our Basement Waterproofing Service Areas

Map of Michigan with pins in location StayDry has served in including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo

We serve all of Michigan, including Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and more. StayDry® also does French drain installation in Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana.

No matter where you are in our service area, we provide expert advice, prompt service, fair prices, and great financing options.

Not sure you’re covered? Check our service areas here.

Contact Us For Your Free Evaluation

The StayDry® team has 100+ years of experience with basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, wall repair, and mold control. Give us a call or fill out the form here and we’ll call you back.

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