Effective yard drainage is an essential part of your overall waterproofing system. Without proper yard drainage, you can be left dealing with a significant amount of moisture in your basement and pooling near your foundation, both of which can cause extensive damage and value loss to your property. At SmartCrawl, we deliver superior waterproofing systems, including French drain installation in Indianapolis. 


Why is proper yard drainage crucial?

Even with the most effective interior waterproofing system in place, without proper exterior waterproofing, water is unable to flow away from your foundation. For instance, a great sump pump can keep water out of your basement, but without an exterior system to continue moving water away from your home, you could still be left dealing with unwanted water. SmartCrawl delivers both interior and exterior waterproofing solutions, helping homeowners create effective waterproofing systems that prevent moisture intrusion and accumulation.

What is a French Drain and How do They Work?

French drain after installation

A French drain is simply a trench with a perforated pipe that is filled with gravel. As water enters the system, it passes through the gravel-filled trench and then travels to the perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench. Then, water flows freely through the pipe and empties within a predetermined distance from your home’s foundation to prevent excess moisture from pooling near your foundation and leaking into your basement.

Water flowing from the drain then leaves your property through a:

  • Drainage Ditch
  • Dry Well
  • Street
  • Low-Lying Area of Your Yard

There are a number of types of French drains, and the best way to ensure your property gets the right type is by trusting the experienced professionals at SmartCrawl. With extensive experience and training, our professionals can help you determine what type of French drain will best protect your property against moisture intrusion and accumulation.

Other Waterproofing Techniques from SmartCrawl

At SmartCrawl, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with comprehensive waterproofing solutions to provide complete protection against excess moisture and resulting water damage. Unlike other companies that offer one-size-fits-all services, we take the time to assess your property and develop a customized waterproofing system that protects both the interior and exterior of your home. Some of our other waterproofing solutions include:

  • Sump Pump Installation Sump pumps are one of the most effective ways to prevent moisture accumulation. Properly installed, they remove water and divert it away from your home to keep your basement, crawl space, and foundation dry. 
  • Downspout Extensions:  Perfect for properties with gutter systems, downspout extensions ensure water flows away from your home, eliminating pooling water near your foundation or in your basement. 
  • Basement Defender™  System:  This smart home system activates your sump pump system daily. With this system, you’ll have daily confirmation that your system is functioning properly, and you’ll be the first to know if there’s a problem with any part of your sump pump system. 
  • Catch Basins:  For homes or businesses that have impervious surfaces, catch basins are a helpful waterproofing technique. Perfect for areas like footpaths or parking lots, catch basins redirect excess rain or groundwater to prevent moisture accumulation.

When you’re looking for waterproofing solutions, including French drain installation in Indianapolis, look no further than SmartCrawl! We’re passionate about providing solutions that help area home and business owners protect the beauty, strength, and value of their properties. We’d love to tell you more about how our waterproofing systems can protect your home or business, so get in touch with us today. Give us a call to speak with one of our helpful representatives, or complete our online quote form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

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