French Drains – A Plumbing Solution for your Flooding Yard


There are compounds which often have water gather even just after a very light rain shower. This problem is as a result of the absence of a good drainage system. This makes water remain in the premises for long hours or days and this can cause your basement to become flooded. This situation can also prevent your children from being able to play around the house or to perform their usual house chores such as lawn mowing. Flooding in the premises, if not curtailed, can also affect the foundation of your house.

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You can solve this problem easily by constructing a French drain. It will make a whole lot of difference and will prevent flooding in the premises. A French drain is a straightforward channel drain that draws away water from the most vulnerable areas of your yard. It is a simple, cost effective solution that offers so many advantages to the overall landscape in and around your premises.

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Causes of Inadequate Yard Drainage

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There are several reasons that lead to water remaining in your premises. These may include poor drainage, surrounding environment, faulty landscape and poor soil quality. If your premises have good soil and a healthy blend of minerals and sand, the water is able to soak into the ground. However, if you have a hard compacted soil like clay, there will be no outlet for the, thereby causing it to gather inside your premises.

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The other factor may be the surrounding environment. If the lawns of your neighbor’s house are a slightly higher than yours, water will flow from their premises into yours. If you have poor soil quality in your premises or it is very low and has no drainage, the water will have no place to go. If your premises is low and also has poor soil quality, the problem will be compounded.

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Installing a French Drain

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Installing a French drain is not difficult, but it is time and labor intensive. You can get a contractor to do the work for you or you can do it yourself. This process involves more than just digging a trench and installing pipes. Before you start, talk with your neighbors about the project if the drain will be near their property line. In addition, have your cable and electrical company come out and mark where the underground lines are to avoid tapping into them with your shovel and disrupting service for the neighborhood.

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You must also make sure that your premise has a flat, regular slope in order for the French drain to work properly. Therefore, if you have a flat and leveled yard, the trench you dig for the pipes must slant slightly downward toward the edge of your premises.

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You will also need a layer of washed, drainage gravel both below and above the pipe you install in the trench. The complicated part lies in where to put your French drain and pipe, not in the labor itself. The best thing to do is choose the highest point of your yard and dig a trench to the lowest part.

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When you have installed the French drain and experienced a heavy downpour, you will see the marked difference!

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