The benefits of a camera inspection for the French drain;

Have you ever realized that the typical lifespan of a French drain is about 30 years? However, various factors, such as constant temperature fluctuations, can accelerate its premature wear and tear, creating significant concerns for your property. Fortunately, our camera inspection service provides us with the ability to determine the best approach to resolve drainage issues.

It is crucial to opt for regular maintenance of your French drains to prevent the appearance of cracks or the proliferation of bacteria. Camera inspection provides a clear diagnosis by accurately identifying the location of obstructions or cracks in the drain. This technology helps reduce analysis time, saving you time and resources.


French drain inspection by camera Gatineau

What are the indicators that indicate a drainage problem?

With our camera inspection, detecting French drain problems is simplified. Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Persistent rainwater accumulation on the ground, taking more than 24 hours to dry out.
  2. Constant humidity.
  3. Presence of efflorescence (mineral salt deposits) or mould on the concrete.
  4. Unpleasant odors.
  5. Rapid appearance of cracks on the foundation. 

Most of these problems stem from a clogged, defective, or sagging French drain. The causes may be related to the composition of the soil, such as the presence of iron ochre in iron-rich soils. The lifespan of the French drain can also be a factor, and in some cases, there may not even be a drain on the ground, especially in buildings dating back to the 1950s. 


The Steps of Camera Inspection 

They consist of introducing a camera via a cleaning chimney or a previously dug hole, recording its path through the drain. The final report indicates the cause of the problem after analyzing the recording.

If the report recommends repairs, it may require excavation work or even the complete replacement of the French drain. This may involve removing obstacles such as shrubs or cobblestones. 

The installation of cleaning chimneys may be recommended after a camera inspection to facilitate subsequent maintenance of the drain by pressurized water cleaning. These access stacks are also designed to facilitate future camera inspections.

Regular maintenance of the drainage system, including cleaning the French drain, is essential to prevent blockages or water backups. At Xpert Excavation, we offer a full service in the regions of Gatineau, Cantley, Chelsea, Ottawa and surrounding areas, with the possibility of an annual reminder to ensure effective prevention.

For more information about our camera inspection service or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us!