Hello, Fort Wayne friends! This is your trusted team at A1 Sewer Service. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of drainage system that can be a game-changer for your yard – the French drain.


A French drain is a simple yet effective system designed to divert water away from areas where it could cause problems, like your home’s foundation or a soggy lawn. Given our unique weather conditions here in Fort Wayne, with our heavy rains and melting snow, French drains can be a fantastic solution for many homeowners.

Benefits of French Drains

French drains offer several benefits. They prevent standing water in your yard, which can be a lifesaver during our wet Indiana seasons. They’re quick to install and can be designed to blend seamlessly into your landscape. This prevents bugs, fungus, rot, flooding, and more.

But the benefits don’t stop at aesthetics and convenience. French drains also help control soil erosion and minimize toxic runoff, protecting both your yard and our local waterways as they don’t dump into the water system.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

While French drains can be a DIY project if you’re handy, there are significant benefits to hiring professionals like us at A1 Sewer Service. We have the experience and expertise to ensure the drain is installed correctly and efficiently, saving you time and potential headaches down the line. Plus, we can identify and navigate any unique challenges your yard may present. There is nothing worse than spending money on a French Drain that was not properly sized for your yard’s needs. Some need to be relatively small others need to be massive to work properly. Not to mention if something goes wrong we are there to fix it. If you are dead set on doing it yourself give us a call, we’re happy to help you figure out what you need.

How French Drains Work

So, how does a French drain work? It’s a gravel-filled trench that includes a perforated pipe, sloping away from your home. Water enters the drain and is carried away from the area. Unlike surface drains, which collect water over a large area, French drains are designed to deal with water over a specific pathway. They also do not connect to the municipal rain sewer system. These perforated pipes and catch basins which let the water seep into your yard naturally which can help keep the lawn green and the trees watered.

When to Use French Drains

French drains are particularly beneficial when you’re dealing with excess water from heavy rain, groundwater, or melting ice and snow. They can protect your home’s foundation and other structures from water damage and can be a great solution for yards with poor natural drainage.

Cost of Installing a French Drain

The cost of installing a French drain can vary, depending on the length of the drain and whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. While materials can be relatively inexpensive, the expertise and labor of a professional can increase the cost. However, the investment can be well worth it when you consider the potential cost of water damage to your home or yard. Remember if you install a system that is too small as you will have to re-buy new materials to achieve the proper drainage or in the worst case scenario both.

Best Pipe for French Drains

When it comes to choosing a pipe for your French drain, corrugated pipe is often the best choice. It’s flexible, easy to install, and capable of moving large amounts of water away from your property.

French drains offer a host of benefits for Fort Wayne homeowners. They’re a practical, cost-effective solution for managing excess water and protecting your home and yard. So, if you’re dealing with soggy lawns or water seeping into your basement, it might be time to consider installing a French drain. Trust us, your home will thank you!