Where Did The Name "French" Drain Came From Anyway?
The term goes by many different names (drain tile, perimeter drain, weeping tile, toe drain, rubble drain, cellar drain, etc.) and was derived from Henry Flagg French’s book titled "Farm Drainage" (1859).
Building science and drainage mechanics have advanced quite a bit since then.
Today’s Drainage Considerations
Buildings constructed today have tighter envelopes making them more energy efficient. But “drafty homes” had better ventilation that had the unintended benefit of addressing elevated moisture issues.
Drainage considerations are more important than ever in today’s tightly sealed environments where modern-day techniques and materials are the norm.
What’s GreenWorks Secret?
There are many Natural Systems to account for when assessing how the Built Environment collides with the Natural Environment. It all starts with the Water Table. Add to that topography, your soil type and soil drainage characteristics, hidden geotechnical features (like substrata, clay lenses, marl, perched water tables, filled wetlands, etc.) and one can see that designing a successful drainage solution gets complicated very quickly.