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"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

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"Expedient and a good job. "

5.0 star review from Anjum Q. in McLean VA

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"I manage a condominium community in Arlington. One building needed a foundation modification due to a rodent infiltration. The work performed was essential and done well. The issue was resolved. More recently, Structural was hired again for surface water management on a sidewalk low area where they installed Ecoraster blocks that collect and direct water off the sidewalk. They also applied this Ecoraster solution to a hillside next to a building that was eroding badly. The solution is excellent. Pat does a good job of listening and recommending appropriate solutions for the issue."

5.0 star review from Chuck V. in Arlington VA

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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.