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  • JES Foundation Repair

    "Howard Glancy came to inspect cracks in my home's concrete walls where the foundation was sinking. He, as a Certified Field Inspector, went over the whole house with me, explaining why the walls were cracking, and what should be done to alleviate the problem. Howard explained what JES Foundation would do, approximately how long it would take, and provided a quotation for the repairs. Besides raising the problem walls and ensuring they would be structural sound and guaranteed to stay that way for the remaining life of the house, he also advised me of how JES would repair minor cracks in the remaining building as well as having s sump pump installed to wick away any ground water from damaging any other parts of the structure. Mr. Glancy was very courteous; knowledgeable of his profession; and walked us through any questions we might have had concerning the processes. Due to the permit process taking so long, the work on the house won't start for a few months, and if Mr. Glancy is any indication of the professionalism of the rest of the JES Foundation personnel, I'm confident that the work will be done properly, in a timely manner and to my complete satisfaction."

    5.0 star review from Arthur B. in MANASSAS, VA

  • Nova Construction Pro, LLC

    "Very good workmanship. Customer service was excellent. Job was done as stated & within time on contract. Price was a little high for amount of time and supplies used but worth the money & piece of mind. Will definitely use them again."

    5.0 star review from Brett B. in Sterling, VA


How much do drain services typically cost?

  • Ashburn, VA Average
    $6,090
  • Typical Range
    $3,251 - $8,994
  • Low End - High End
    $1,400 - $15,000

Proper drainage is crucial to prevent foundation and basement problems and to remove standing water in yards after storms. A popular style of drain that is installed to handle these scenarios is called a French drain (or weeping tile). It can also be installed to relieve water pressure behind retaining walls or divert water to a municipal storm drain or rain barrel.

French drains are actually named for Henry Flagg French of Massachusetts, a lawyer and Assistant US Treasure Secretary who popularized this style of drain in his 1859 book titled Farm Drainage. Unlike downspouts or open trenches, a French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock that covers a perforated pipe. The pipe is wrapped in fabric to prevent sand, dirt, and rock from clogging the pipe. The water flows naturally through the rock and seeps into the pipe and is then rerouted to a better location. French drains can work for areas without any drainage currently, in tandem with gutters which reroute water from above, and even indoors if your basement isn't as waterproof as you'd like. Indoor French drains are installed in a trench along the perimeter of the foundation and the water is routed into a sump pump.

French drain installation is usually a job for professionals who understand the angles required for proper water drainage and who can identify a better location for the water that won't cause erosion and flooding. To find a French drain installation contractor near you, enter your zip code and let HomeAdvisor connect you with pros who are aready to help.