Down Spout Drainage vs. French Drain

Keith Kuntz
last month


I am currently working on proper downspout drainage as well as mitigating water getting into our basement. We have an old house and when it rains water seeps into the basement through the walls. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction in terms of what type of drainage to use.

My initial plan was to create a gutter drainage system using PVC and corrugated pipe that ties all my downspouts together and exits at the street but I was curious if that would be enough.

The dirt line surrounding our house goes right up to the foundation and from what I have read this may not be the best. Should I also put in a french drain that surrounds the house with perforated pipe and drainage rock that terminates at the street as well?

I hope I got my terminology correct but any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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