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French Drain Services of Puyallup

Mike French of French Drain Services of Puyallup, on why you should call us when you have a water problem in your yard, or along your foundation, outbuilding, or retaining wall…

“We at French Drain Services have been providing professional drainage solutions to homeowners throughout the Puyallup, Pierce County, and Western Washington State region for nearly 30 years. If you have a wet basement, standing water in your yard, or any other drainage related issues, and you would like the problem fixed right, combined with really friendly service, call French Drainage Services today at 253-358-8338. We want and appreciate your business!”

Best Drainage Solutions in Puyallup WA

A French drain provides water with an easy channel to flow through. The way it works is that water flows into a trench that has gravel in it. Next it flows inside a perforated pipe that is located on the bottom part of the trench. Folks in Puyallup and across Western Washington State, trust french Drain Services to do the job right.

This allows the water to travel through the pipe freely, and then be emptied out of the drain a safe distance from your house.

Sump Pumps, Catch Basins, Grading

French drainage system

A diagram of a French drainage system.

There are lots of drainage solution services we provide to Puyallup area residents. Here are just a few:

  • Channel Drains and French Drains
  • Curtain Drains and Pop-up Emitters
  • Round-grate Drains
  • Dry Wells and Catch Basins
  • Professional soil grading
  • Sump Pumps
  • Atrium Grates and More!
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Puyallup Wet Basement Solutions


In this situation, a deep French drain should be installed. Also referred to as a footing drain, this type of drain runs around your home’s perimeter at the footing level to intercept the water before it is able to get into your basement. Puyallup homeowners and residents have been calling French Drain Services for decades.

Installing this type of French drain is easy to do during the house construction process, but more expensive and difficult to do later on. If your home has tall basement wall, you might need to dig down a long way in order to access the foundation footing. In addition, there will most likely be walkways, decks and landscaping that will need to be ripped out to install the drain, which will add to your overall costs.

If there isn’t a sufficient slope in order for the drain system to work properly, it might be necessary to pipe the water that is collected into a basin in your basement. A sump pump can then lift it up and send it out the storm drain system.

Installing an interior French drain. Water is intercepted by this type of Puyallup French drain as it is entering your basement. This is the most surefire way of keeping a dry basement, and compared to a footing drain is a better option.

However, if you happen to have a finished basement, the interior walls will need to be removed to install the system. If your basement is being ruined by water then it will most likely be well worth it.

A channel is cut around your basement floor’s perimeter. Then the concrete is chipped out and a perforated pipe is installed all around it. Water will then flow into a collection tank that is sunk into the basement floor, and the water will then be sent out by a sump pump into a storm drain or the yard.

A thin layer of concrete is used to patch the channel. A small gap is left at the edge for catching any water that may dribble down on the wall.

Outdoor Drainage and Surface Water


A shallow French drain should be installed. Also referred to as a curtain drain, it extends across your property horizontally, directly uphill from the area you are wanting to dry out. The water is intercepted and it is channeled away from the soggy area. For fast, guaranteed French drain service in Puyallup, call us at (253) 358-8338.

This kind of drain doesn’t need to be too deep – a very common size is 1.5 feet across and 2 feet deep. At any points where the drain passes through an area with shrubs or trees, you should switch over to a solid pipe instead of a perforated one. This will help to lower the risk of roots growing in the pipes and clogging them.

Retaining Wall Drain Systems


A French drain should be added behind the retaining wall’s first course of blocks or stones.

If this isn’t done, water that moves down the will will have a tendency to build up behind your retaining wall and undermine your efforts. The pipe should be resting on the same concrete footing or compacted gravel base that is supporting the retaining wall.

In order to prevent the drain from getting clogged with with silt, landscape cloth should be draped across the footing or based and up the slope prior to adding the drain gravel and pipe. Close to the top of the wall, the cloth should be folded over the gavel. Then add several inches worth of soil on top of the cloth.

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