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French drains are a sub-surface drain used in conjunction with a gutter and downspout system to direct roof water away from the foundation. A footing drain collects water at the level of the foundation before it can enter the dwelling. An interior perimeter drain is just below the basement floor and is typically used in conjunction with a sump pump to remove water from beneath the basement floor.

Footing Drains, French Drains, Interior Perimeter Drains…What Is The Difference?

Footing Drains, French Drains, Interior Perimeter Drains…What Is The Difference? Basements by their very nature tend to be damp and many times suffer from water and moisture penetration. There are several systems available to help direct water away from the foundation and reduce the chance water will enter your basement. French drains, footing drains, and…

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