French Drain - The History & Story of Henry French
Over 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.
Today 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.
Today's modern version of a French Drain!