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23 April 2019

A healthy French drain is a must!

The slowly melting snow means that winter is drawing to an end and nicer weather is just around the corner. Did you know that it is recommended to have your French drain examined at the end of each winter? A simple inspection could save you a lot of worry and money!

What is a French drain?

French drains are a way of using gravity to channel water a safe distance away from a house. After all, having too much water around the foundation of your home could damage the concrete or result in infiltrations. You could then find yourself with mould or bacteria (mildew), two problems that can damage your health and are costly to repair.

As such, it is important to keep your drainage system well maintained to ensure it doesn’t get clogged. French drains must be maintained to remain effective and avoid the problems mentioned above.              

When is the best time to carry out drain maintenance?

Given our harsh climate in Quebec, drains should be examined once a year. The best time to do so is at the end of the winter when snow and ice start to melt, because this is when the soil needs to absorb a large quantity of water and the drain needs to be fully functional to avoid any complications. Also, intense cold can unfortunately damage your drainage system. What’s more, if the drain is clogged, it could burst if it freezes. It is therefore crucial to have your drain inspected by a professional so that it remains effective and can fully protect your home’s foundation.

To make sure that your drain is in good working order, please contact our EBI Envirotech subsidiary (formerly ABC Environnement). Our experts will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

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