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Landscape French Drain

Guiding Water Away from Your Home’s Foundation.

A soggy lawn and water seeping into your basement can turn your dream home into a constant battle against moisture. Our landscape French drain solution is not just about repairing; it’s about reclaiming your property and ensuring a dry, secure environment for your family.

What is a French Drain?

Image of installed French drain in Gainesville, VA, part of drainage system inside the basement.

A French drain is a trench created in the ground that redirects water from standing water, or groundwater, away from your property, preventing water-related damage. This is a technique used to drain water naturally from your yard. It is also one of the best solutions for basement drainage systems to remove any surface water and groundwater that might be coming into your basement.

It involves grading, digging trenches, installing pipes, geo webbing, and installing catch basins to collect rainwater, direct it to an appropriate drainage location, and add gravel and soil to ensure efficient drainage. This innovative system protects against excess water, ensuring that your home remains dry and secure—no more leaks—just a solid foundation that stands the test of time.

How Do French Drains Work?

Water is channeled into the trench, collected by the pipe, and then diverted to a safe distance away from your home. The exit point could be a low-lying part of your property, a storm sewer, or catch basins. 

Installing a French drain in your yard can prevent water damage in the future. If you want a French drain system for your home – contact us at LUX for a free estimate!

Illustration of landscape French drain installation in White Post, VA, depicting the function for efficient water management.

Why is French Drain Necessary?

There are many advantages to considering if a Landscape French drain is right for your yard. These advantages include:

Investing in this solution could save you thousands in potential repair costs down the line.

Signs You Need Landscape French Drain Installation

Knowing when to install a landscape French drain can save you a significant amount of time, money, and stress. Signs to look for are:

If you spot any of these signs, it’s high time you consider an installation.

LUX Landscape French Drain Installation

LUX Foundation Solutions is your reliable partner for installing a landscape French drain system, a critical solution to your home’s water drainage problems. Our installation system is tailored to the unique needs of your property, ensuring effective water management.

The installation process includes:

1. Evaluate your property and determine the best location for the drain

First, we will inspect your property and identify high and low points and areas where water accumulates or surface water flows. This analysis helps us to determine the best location for the drain system.

2. Excavation of the trench with the proper slope

We dig the trench, ensuring the bottom of the trench slopes away from your home. This is vital as the slope allows gravity to aid in moving the water away from your property.


3. Lining the trench

We add about a 3-inch layer of gravel or landscaping stone to the trench’s bottom. We then line the trench with non-woven geotextile landscape fabric to block weeds, roots, dirt, and silt, leaving at least 10 inches of excess landscape fabric on both sides of the trench.

4. Piping and Basin Installation

We will lay a high-quality perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench and install catch basins to collect standing water effectively.

5. Testing the drain & Covering the trench

Before finalizing the installation, we run a water test to ensure the system works correctly.
After confirming the drain is functioning correctly, we fill the trench with more layers of gravel until the pipe is completely covered, leaving about 5 inches between the top of the gravel and the ground level. We then fold the excess landscape fabric over the gravel.


6. Backfilling & Final Checking

The excavated area is carefully filled with gravel and topsoil. Then, our experts conduct a thorough quality check to ensure the system is fully functional.


With regular maintenance, it will provide reliable protection for your home for years to come. We not only solve your current drainage problems but also help prevent any future issues, giving you peace of mind, knowing your property is dry and protected.

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Why Choose LUX Landscape French Drain?

Choosing LUX Landscape French Drain means:

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Contact LUX for Expert Landscape French Drain Installation!

Protect your home from basement water issues with our landscape French drain. Say goodbye to dampness, mold, and water damage by taking the first step toward a permanently dry basement. At LUX, we specialize in delivering top-tier basement waterproofing services that stand the test of time.


Don’t let water damage compromise the integrity of your home—secure a dry and healthy living space.  Contact your local basement waterproofing experts today at 540-508-8587 or fill out our online free estimate form. Our team is always ready to assess your basement water problems and provide basement waterproofing services tailored to your property needs. 


We proudly serve French drain installation in Northern Virginia, West Virginia, North Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, and surrounding areas.

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When should I consider installing a French Drain in my landscape?

Consider installing a French drain in your landscape under several circumstances:


  1. If you notice persistent water pooling in specific areas of your landscape, especially after rainfall or snowmelt
  2. If your home, basement, or other structures are experiencing water-related issues such as dampness, flooding, or foundation damage.
  3. If your landscape is prone to soil erosion, characterized by the washing away of topsoil.
  4. When making significant landscaping changes, such as grading or altering your yard’s slope, this ensures proper water drainage and prevents water accumulation.
  5. Consider as a proactive measure if you live in an area with a high water table, frequent heavy rainfall, or if your property is on a slope prone to water runoff.
  6. If you’re experiencing problems with mold or mildew due to excessive moisture.

If you observe any of these signs or anticipate changes in your landscape that may impact water drainage, contact LUX for expert guidance tailored to your specific needs.

How deep does a French drain need to be?

The depth of a French drain typically depends on the specific drainage needs of the site and the depth required to redirect water away from the area effectively. It is commonly installed at a depth of 8 inches to 2 feet deep. However, deeper installations may be necessary for certain situations where there are significant water issues, or the drain needs to reach below the frost line.

It’s crucial to assess the site’s specific conditions, including soil type, water table level, and the severity of drainage issues, to determine the appropriate depth of the installation. Contact our LUX professionals, who can provide expert guidance and ensure the installation is at the optimal depth for efficient water management.

Can you cover a French drain with dirt?

Covering a French drain with dirt is generally not recommended, as it can compromise the functionality. It may hinder water entry into the drain, rendering it less effective in managing water issues.

If you have specific concerns or questions about installing a French drain, contact the LUX team. We will provide expert guidance based on the unique conditions of your property.

How long does French drain installation take?

The duration varies based on factors such as project size and complexity. On average, a standard may take one to three days, involving tasks like trench excavation, drain pipe installation, and backfilling with gravel or coarse aggregate. Larger or more intricate projects may extend the installation timeline. 

Contact us now for an assessment of your property’s specific needs and a free estimate of the installation timeline. Our expertise ensures efficient and effective installation tailored to your unique drainage requirements.

How to maintain a French drain?

Maintaining a French drain is essential for its continued effectiveness. Here are some steps:


  1. Regular inspections
  2. Remove debris
  3. Check gravel bed
  4. Inspect outlet
  5. Trim any vegetation or roots encroaching on the drain. 
  6. Monitor surrounding landscaping
  7. Address any signs of soil erosion around the drain to maintain stability and functionality.
  8. Annual professional inspection

Consider scheduling a yearly inspection with LUX to assess the overall condition of the French drain and address any potential issues.

Can French drain be connected directly to the downspout?

Yes, it is possible to connect a French drain directly to your downspout as part of an integrated drainage system. This connection can help manage rainwater efficiently and prevent water-related issues around your property. The process involves redirecting water from the downspout into the drain, allowing it to flow away from the foundation and vulnerable areas.


To achieve this connection, planning the drainage layout carefully is essential, ensuring proper slope and water flow. Installing a catch basin or a pop-up emitter at the connection point can help filter debris and control the release of water into the French drain. 


Contact us now at LUX to provide expert guidance on designing and implementing an effective downspout-to-French-drain connection tailored to your property’s specific needs.

How much does landscape French drain installation cost?

The cost of landscape French drain installation can vary depending on factors such as the project size, the complexity of the water issues, and your location. For a more accurate cost estimate, contact local professionals at LUX, who can assess your specific needs and provide a detailed breakdown based on your property and installation requirements. We offer expert guidance and a tailored cost estimate.

Does French drain help with groundwater?

Yes, it effectively addresses groundwater issues by providing a pathway for water to flow away from a specific area. Composed of a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel, it allows groundwater to enter and creates a channel for water movement. This design prevents soil saturation and efficiently manages groundwater, reducing the risk of water-related damage to structures, foundations, and landscapes.

What is the best landscape fabric for a French drain?

The recommended landscape fabric is non-woven geotextile fabric, balancing permeability and durability. This type of fabric facilitates efficient water passage while effectively filtering out soil or sediment, preventing clogs and ensuring the long-term functionality of the drainage system. Factors such as thickness, permeability, and UV resistance are crucial for optimal performance and longevity when considering landscape fabric for a French drain. 

For professional installation, contact experts at LUX. Our team ensures the selection of the right materials and a tailored approach to address specific needs on your property.

Are financing options available for landscape French drain installation?

LUX Foundation Solutions understands that home improvement projects, such as installing a landscape French drain, are significant investments. Therefore, we offer financing options to help make the process more manageable and ensure our customers can access our high-quality services without financial stress.

Our financing options may vary based on factors such as credit history, project size, and eligibility criteria. To explore financing options for your landscape French drain installation project, contact our team. We can provide you with more information and assist you in finding the financing solution that best fits your needs and budget.

We Serve the Following Areas

LUX Foundation Solutions offers expert French drain installation services in Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia, West Virginia, and surrounding areas.



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