Fortunately, the team at Ray Lawns is here to help. In today’s blog post, we’re going to talk about how French drains are maintained, as well as the French drain services we offer to the Chattanooga area. Keep reading to learn more and be sure to contact us to get started with our various property management services.

What Maintenance Does a French Drain Require?

French drains require simple but important maintenance to continue operating at their fullest capacity. Because they utilize a perforated pipe to transport water, debris will gradually enter the system. If it’s not properly cleaned and maintained, your French drain will likely clog, causing your property to flood.

Other than keeping your drainage system clear of debris, there isn’t much maintenance to expect with a French drain system, which is another great benefit of utilizing one. That said, it’s important that you take some time regularly (every week or so) to clear the entrance to your French drain system by simply raking up any materials that have gathered over it! This will help reduce different debris that enters your system, making the annual cleanings less intensive.

While it’s not as common, sometimes French drains may be affected by root growth. That said, at Ray Lawns, we are also capable of removing roots if they interfere with your French drain.

Do You Have to Dig Up a French Drain to Clean It?

Not for the usual cleanings! This is because we use what is called an electric snake to clear out any of the clogs or debris that may be present. To use an electric snake, we simply operate it from the entrance of your French drain, and run it through the entirety of the perforated pipe. 

While routine maintenance won’t require your French drain to be dug up, more extreme situations like root interference could require digging out your French drain’s trench.

How Much Maintenance Do French Drains Need?

When it comes to routine maintenance for French drains, it’s recommended that you have your drains inspected at least once a year. And as we mentioned above, we recommend checking the entrance to your French drain weekly to ensure it’s not clogged or exceptionally dirty!

What to Do if Your French Drain Clogs

If your French drain clogs, you want to get it unclogged as soon as possible! To do this, we recommend reaching out to Ray Lawns so we can get to your property quickly, and remove the clog accordingly! Most times, we’ll be able take care of clogging emergencies in the same way we provide annual cleanings. That said, we’ll also thoroughly inspect your drainage system to ensure that the clogging or flooding wasn’t caused by a more serious issue! 

At Ray Lawns we install and maintain French drains for our clients in the Chattanooga area. If you’re interested in learning more about how a French drain could benefit your property, visit our full service page. And if you’re interested in getting started with our services please contact us today!