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Poor drainage can cause water runoff to pool in your yard and lead to mold or water damage in and around your home. Fortunately, you can prevent these issues by hiring a drainage solution expert. Investing in a proper installation can save you from costly repairs and mistakes. Calfo Home Services has the expertise to address your drainage problems, ensuring you won’t have to worry about heavy rainwater adversely affecting your home in the future.

Both interior and exterior drainage systems serve the same purpose: collecting water near your foundation and directing it away from your home. Water naturally exists in the ground around your house. As it moves through the soil towards your foundation, it is collected in a drainage channel. This channel then directs the water away from your home through a drain or discharge line.

Do I Need a French Drain?

Wet basements during heavy rainfall are a common issue in the Pittsburgh area. Here are some warning signs that indicate it might be time to consult an expert on French drain installation:

  • Persistent dampness or water pooling in your basement
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Cracks in the foundation or walls
  • Water stains on walls or floors
  • Increased humidity levels
  • Musty odors
  • Water pooling in the yard

If you notice any of these signs, it is recommended to seek professional advice to address potential drainage problems and protect your home from further water damage. Contact Calfo Home Services today to schedule a professional inspection.

Advantages of French Drains

French drains offer several key advantages, making them a favored choicer for managing excess water and preventing water damage. The main advantages include:

  • Effective Water Redirection – French drains effectively collect and redirect water away from areas where it can cause damage, such as building foundations, basements, and low-lying parts of your yard.
  • Prevents Water Damage – By redirecting water away from your home, French drains help prevent water damage to foundations, walls, and basements, greatly reducing the risk of costly repairs.
  • Reduces Soil Erosion – French drains help control soil erosion by managing runoff and reducing the force of water flow on the surface.
  • Mitigates Mold and Mildew Growth – By keeping areas dry, French drains decrease the likelihood of mold and mildew growth, which can cause health issues and structural damage to the property.
  • Cost-Effective Solution – Compared to other drainage solutions, French drains are a relatively inexpensive drainage solution to install and maintain.

French drains offer numerous benefits and advantages. Contact the drainage experts at Calfo Home Services for a professional inspection today!

Exterior Vs. Interior French Drains

Exterior French drains are installed around the perimeter of a building to prevent water from penetrating the foundation and causing basement flooding or structural damage.

Installation includes:

  • Trench Digging – A trench is dug around the perimeter of the foundation, normally a few feet deep and wide enough to accommodate the proper drainage system.
  • Gravel Layer – A layer of gravel is placed at the bottom of the trench to provide a stable base and promote water flow.
  • Perforated Pipe – A perforated PVC or flexible pipe is laid on top of the gravel.
  • Landscape Fabric – The trench is lined with landscape fabric to prevent soil and debris from clogging the pipe.
  • Backfill – The trench is filled with more gravel and then covered with soil or other ground cover to restore the landscape’s appearance.

Interior French drains are installed inside a building, typically around the perimeter of the basement floor, to manage water that seeps through the foundation walls or floor.

Installation includes:

  • Concrete Removal – A narrow strip of concrete floor is removed around the perimeter of the basement.
  • Trench Digging – A trench is dug along the exposed perimeter, slightly below the level of the basement floor.
  • Perforated Pipe – A perforated pipe is placed into the trench and is used to collect water that enters the basement and direct it to the sump pump.
  • Gravel Layer – Gravel is placed around the pipe to facilitate water flow and prevent clogging.
  • Sump Pump – The water collected by the pipe is directed to the sump pump, which then pumps the water out of the basement and away from the home.
  • Concrete Replacement – The trench is covered with new concrete to restore the basement floor.

Exterior and interior French drains are essential for managing water in and around a building. Exterior drains protect the foundation and landscaping, while interior drains keep basements dry and prevent water damage. Depending on your specific water issues, you may need one or both types of drains for comprehensive protection.

Gutter Downspouts

Gutter downspouts are vertical pipes that direct rainwater from the roof gutters to the ground, preventing water from pooling around the foundation. They help protect your home from water damage, foundation issues, basement flooding, and soil erosion. Proper installation, regular maintenance, and enhancements like extension pipes and interior/exterior French drain systems can maximize the effectiveness of downspouts and ensure the long-term protection of your property.

Calfo Home Services: Your Drainage Expert in Pittsburgh, PA

Calfo Home Services is the go-to expert for all your drainage needs in Pittsburgh, PA. Our team specializes in installing comprehensive drainage solutions, including interior French drains, exterior French drains, and gutter downspouts. We pride ourselves on creating customized solutions that address the unique drainage challenges of your home, ensuring effective water management and long-term protection for your property.

Don’t let poor drainage compromise the safety and integrity of your home. Contact Calfo Home Services today for a professional inspection and let us build a customized solution for your home!


Solid Steel Guarantee

Call the AC repair experts at Calfo and we will roll out the red carpet for you! Seriously—we are so dedicated to leaving your home cleaner than we found it that we will ensure our shoes do not dirty up your home by rolling out a red carpet. The red carpet also serves as a reminder that you, the customer, deserve red carpet treatment from the first phone call to the last handshake, or elbow bump, or friendly wave—whatever you’re comfortable with!

Our word is all we have to hang our hat on, and here at Calfo our word is as tough as steel. After your AC is repaired, we’ll follow up to make sure you’re happy with our work. If you aren’t, let us know. We’ll use all our might to make it right.

5 Stars all the way

They explained what they found to be the problem and then fixed it. I would definitely recommend Calfo to my friends, family, and anyone who needs a plumbing, heating, cooling, or electric professional. 5 stars all the way.

Dave S.

Calfo is our top choice for our HVAC and plumbing needs!

We’ve chosen Calfo for our furnace, water heater, kitchen drain, and air conditioning from February to May 2020, and we’ve been impressed with their service and installation teams on every visit. They respond very quickly to investigate issues. The employees are knowledgeable, they communicate well with us throughout the work, and they make sure to answer all of our questions. They are careful getting into and out of the house, including using shoe covers and carpet, and they leave the work area clean once complete. The employees are remarkably polite and respectful, which makes it even more pleasant to work with them. We’ve been satisfied with every job we’ve had! Calfo is our top choice for our HVAC and plumbing needs!

Kristen S.

Drain, Sewer, and Pipe Services

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Drain Cleaning

  • Problem diagnosis: FREE with Drain Cleaning ($79 value)
  • Average time to complete: 30 minutes – 1.5 hours
  • Price: Starting at $140
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Sewer Line Repair

  • Problem Diagnosis: FREE with repair ($79 value)
  • Average time to complete: 1 hour – 2 Days
  • Price: Starting at $1,800
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Sewer Line Installation/Replacement

  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 6 hours – 2 days
  • Price: Starting at $6000
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Water Main Repair/Replace

  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 6 hours – 2 days
  • Price: Starting at $1,200
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Gas Main Repair

  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 1-6 hours
  • Price: Starting at $1,200
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  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 1-3 hours
  • Price: Starting at $1200
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Camera Line Inspection

  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 30 minutes – 1.5 hours
  • Price: Starting at $175
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Leak Detection

  • Problem diagnosis: Provided with quote
  • Average time to complete: 1-3 hours
  • Price: Starting at $350

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