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French Drain - The History & Story of Henry French

henry-frenchOver one hundred and fifty years ago, Henry Flagg French, an American Farmer & Inventor from Massachusetts, invented a clever and practical method of removing water from home basements, cellars, and farm fields. Henry French knew that poor drainage of water led to the inability to farm certain fields, also disease and sickness in both people and livestock. Henry had a great passion for agriculture; inspired by his passion he invented one of the world’s most important designs in American history. Removing the water would remove the cause of dieses.

Henry installed his first French Drain design in his own farm land after it had previously flooded and ruined is crops. With his new drain design, he had successfully created a dry environment, free of any organisms that were a prime source for disease at the time. His invention inspired the modern day French Drain, which is now known as the leading method of removing water from yards, and basements.

french-drain-imageToday most homeowners seldom think of their basement useful space, living space, even an exercise room or a playroom. However no matter what you use your basement for, it’s important to keep it dry. The 60% of basements within the United States have dangerous water and moister seeping in through your basement walls and floors. Iron Bacteria carried in by the water and the moisture provides an ideal condition to promote the growth of mold. Any moisture in a basement is guaranteed to leave you with an unhealthy basement, which has been proven to be a health hazard to anyone with allergies or a sensitive respiratory system. Removing the water issues and moister creates a healthier home.

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