French Drain Installation Services Near You

French Drain Companies In Your Area

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.


"I needed a new sump pump discharge connection and piping into the backyard. The workers didn't just trench, they carefully lifted the sod, trenched, did the work, and then put the sod back down so you hardly see the work."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Alexandria VA


"John Babec was a pleasure to work with. We had him install a French drain and sump-pump in our basement. His estimates were reasonably priced. He clearly explained his reasons for a certain approach, but also provided alternatives. He was always courteous and accessible; a consummate professional. Highly recommended."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Springfield VA


"My garage was settling. The quote for installing 5 foundation Push piers under my garage and a French Drain along the side of my garage was very reasonable. The team that came out, led by Ryan Ohman was professional. courteous and hard-working. They did a great job and followed up quickly on a few comments I had. Cleaned up the site nicely afterward. Would definitely recommend."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in BURKE VA


"Dominion Hardscapes did an amazing job installing stone walkways around our home and pool house . Rick worked with us on selections and offered design ideas that were both ascetically pleasing and functional--improving the natural beauty of our home. The result was beautiful and has since garnered us many compliments . They were a professional team, communicating well, and leaving the area spotless. We will definitely be using them for all of our landscape/hardscape needs. I highly recommend this company."

--4.5 star review from Tamra G. in Mechancisville MD


"Great explanation of work to be done. "

--4.0 star review from Jean P. in Scottsville VA


"Did an outstanding job!! "

--5.0 star review from Jim B. in Locust Grove VA


"D&D Lawn Service is an outstanding company. They handle our aeration and lawn svc year round. Affordable, accomodating to schedules, on time and very easy to work with. I cant remember the last time i had to pull any weeds from my yard! I Highly recommend D&D!"

--5.0 star review from Russell K. in Leesburg VA


"Mel is a true professional. He came out, gave me free assessment and talked about the options. In the end, he advised that I could do the work on my drainage problem myself. He told me exactly what to buy at the hardware store. He then came out again and walked me through exactly how to do the project. The entire project cost under $100. Other contractors were estimating $1K+. We are so thankful to Mel and his honesty and his professionalism. My drains are now working properly."

--5.0 star review from Chris M. in Alexandria VA


"Very good at what they do, communication with the company was a little difficult. I would and will use them again in the future."

--4.5 star review from George B. in Annandale VA