My husband and I recently built a new house and our contractor installed a french drain (no sump pump) during the construction of the basement. I've never lived in a house with a french drain, so I'm not quite sure of it's capabilities. I will say that after numerous torrential downpours and a brush with a hurricane (the most rain we've had in a 6 month period in over 30 years), we haven't had one drop of water in the basement so I guess *something* is working right since all of our neighbors have been pumping out their basements on a regular basis. On to my question -- we are currently running a dehumidifier in the basement just to take care of normal basement dampness. My question is can I have the dehumidifier drain directly into the french drain channel along the floor (which I believe drains through stone and then collects into a pipe that runs out into the front yard) or can I dump the dehumidifier bucket into this channel? We also had them rough-in plumbing for a full bath in the basement. If I can't drain/dump the dehumidifier into the french drain, can I open the cover on one of those drains and dump it down there?