When your basement develops a problem leak there are many potential solutions to keep the interior of your home safe and dry. One of the potential options is the use of French drains to move water away from the foundation and out of the home. These waterproofing systems are highly effective, but you may be having a tough time choosing between an interior and an exterior French drain. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

Benefits of an Interior French Drain

The interior French drain is installed in the basement along the interior foundation wall. It’s meant as a less invasive way of providing drainage for homes with moisture problems in the foundation or basement. Of course, there are a number of benefits of going with this option:

  • Substantially less expensive to install compared to an exterior French drain
  • Work is not subject to the whims of the weather
  • Project can be completed in less time compared to an exterior French drain
  • Consistent drainage to the sewer systems with a sump pump

Benefits of an Exterior French Drain

The exterior French drain is a popular choice when building a new home. It can offer some benefits for homeowners who are willing to go through the process of installation or repair of an existing French drain. These benefits include:

  • Natural drainage, potentially without a sump pump
  • Less disruption to your family inside the home
  • Reduce or eliminate problems with soggy lawns
  • Provides opportunity for foundation sealing to waterproof it
  • May prevent damage to the foundation from water
  • Send the water to a specific area of the yard

Drawbacks of an Interior French Drain

As with any potential home renovation, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind. The interior French drain will involve working inside your house. Plus, your interior drain will depend a lot the proper functioning of your sump pump. 

What are the drawbacks?

  • Jackhammers are used to break up the concrete, which can be loud
  • Doesn’t stop water from seeping in through the foundation walls
  • Sump pump is reliant on electricity to move water

Drawbacks of an Exterior French Drain

The exterior French drain also comes with its fair share of drawbacks, some that the homeowner may find to be too much to compensate for the benefits. A few of the negatives of getting an exterior French drain installed follow:

  • Entire perimeter of the home’s foundation may need to be dug up
  • Heavy equipment can ruin the yard
  • Exterior French drains run longer than interior drains
  • Potential to run into or damage underground gas lines and power lines
  • Exterior French drain and pipes could clog up with mud

If you are looking to install a French drain in your home on the East Coast, give Basement Waterproofing Solutions a call. Among the most highly rated waterproofing companies, we can help you determine which type of French drain is the best for your needs and budget. You can also fill out our online form to ask for a free quote on any of our basement and crawlspace waterproofing solutions.