French Drains

Palo Alto French Drain Services

Protecting Foundations from Water Erosion

French drains are a highly effective way to safeguard your home's foundation from water damage. The plumbing team at Facilities Plumbing & Drain installs and services efficient and reliable French drain systems designed to channel water safely away from your property, helping to prevent erosion, flooding, and structural damage. 

How French Drains Work

A French drain is a gravel-filled trench containing a perforated pipe at the bottom. When water enters the trench, it seeps through the gravel and into the pipe, which then carries the water away from your property to a designated drainage area. This prevents water from pooling around your home's foundation, reducing the risk of erosion, leakage, and structural damage.

How We Install French Drains

First, our team will assess your property to determine the optimal drainage placement. Next, we’ll excavate a trench to the required depth and width and line it with landscape fabric to prevent soil from clogging the system. The perforated pipe is laid within the trench, surrounded by gravel, and covered with more fabric and soil to blend seamlessly with your landscaping. This method promotes effective water channeling and provides a reliable, long-term solution to water drainage issues. 

See if French drains are the perfect solution for your property by calling Facilities Plumbing & Drain at (650) 750-7144 to request a free consultation!

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Do You Need a Permit to Install French Drains in Palo Alto?

In Palo Alto, whether you need a permit to install French drains largely depends on your specific situation and the scope of the project. Generally, minor landscaping projects which include basic drainage improvements may not require a permit. However, obtaining a permit is likely necessary if your French drain installation involves significant excavation, altering existing drainage patterns, or impacting public easements and utilities. It's always best to check with the local building department to understand the specific regulations and requirements for your project. Their guidance can help ensure that your installation complies with local codes and avoids potential issues.

You can contact the City of Palo Alto’s Development Services Department to start the process. They can provide you with the necessary information on permit applications, fees, and the approval process. Facilities Plumbing & Drain can assist you with this process, from consultation and planning to navigating permit requirements.

Do you have questions about the local regulations surrounding French drains? Call Facilities Plumbing & Drain at (650) 750-7144 today!

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Customer Experiences

Real Reviews From Your Friends & Neighbors

At Facilities Plumbing & Drain, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "Highly Recommended"

    This is the second time we've used Facilities Plumbing to install a hot water heater (old house and new house) and they've done a great job for us.

    - Gene T.
    "This is definitely my recommendation"

    I live alone, so finding a plumber you’re comfortable with entering your home is hard! Especially finding someone that does amazing and consistent work.

    - Nicky M.
    "Professional and courteous"

    Robert helped fix my faucet. It was something I could not do myself since I didn’t have the tools. He’s friendly professional and courteous.

    - Joshua J.
    "I highly recommend them"

    Hello just wanna say that Facilities Plumbing and Drain are very professional and efficient. I highly recommend them.

    - Ann F.
    "I highly Recommend"

    I am the Chief Engineer for one of the largest Pharmaceutical companies in the world. The site has over 46 buildings and Facilities Plumbing is directly responsible for helping keep my campus not only functional but operational as well. I highly recommend

    - Jimmy G.
    "Great Experience"

    Great experience working with Facilities Plumbing. We had an urgent water pipe leaking problem caused by a falling tree and was able to get help quickly.

    - Sally S.
    "Very knowledgeable"

    I used Facilities Plumbing and I was very satisfied with there work. They are very courteous and seem very knowledgeable.

    - Jesus V.
    "Great service"

    Robert came highly recommended. Came to my home in response to a plumbing emergency!

    - Maeshah S.

Taking Care of Your French Drains

Maintaining and repairing French drains as necessary helps them continue to protect your home's foundation from water damage. Regular maintenance involves inspecting the drain system to make sure it is clear of debris and functioning correctly. Repairing any issues with the help of our French drain professionals is crucial to prevent more severe problems down the line. 

Signs that your French drains need professional attention include: 

  • Water pooling around your foundation: If you notice water accumulating near your home's foundation, it may indicate that your French drain is not directing water away as it should.
  • Slow drainage: When water drainage appears slower than usual, it could signify a clog or blockage within the French drain system.
  • Wet or soggy spots in the yard: Persistent wet spots or soggy areas in your yard, especially after rain, suggest that the drainage system isn’t working efficiently.
  • Unpleasant odors: Foul smells emanating from your drainage area can indicate stagnant water or a buildup of debris in the drainage system.
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