Would a french drain solve my water issues?

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Water Drainage TIPS

DEAR TIM: Spring is here and so are the incessant heavy rains. I have several places near my house where water ponds and I need some water drainage tips from you.

It can't be a good thing for my house, as I constantly am battling water in my basement and part of the house that has a crawlspace under it. My lot isn't really that flat, so I'm at a loss as to what's going on.

Do I have to call a professional to solve this issue, or can I just add soil to fill in the low spots? What are my options to get the standing water away from my home? Marion R., Evansville, IN

DEAR MARION: While I don't have accurate statistics to support my feelings, I suspect you're in a vast majority of homeowners who have varying degrees of poor drainage issues on their land or near their homes. You're correct in assuming that ponding water is not a good thing for houses.

This standing water next my own shed is unacceptable. I finished the shed in late...

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Step 1 Acquire a helper. No minion this time. You need someone with whom you may confer. You'll be determining start and end points, depths, and even a slope on this job.

I took the side of the yard to right of the tree (see image 1) as the start of the drain. From there I dug an approximate 1--2% slope across the face of my patio, around the corner and to the edge of the fence. (This by no means got me to the street! So far! I could have, but I decided to drop a small stone well under my stepping stones. You basically dig 2-3 feet down and fill that hole with stones. This will allow the water to percolate down through the soil at this point very quickly and serves as the outlet to the drain.)
Use your lines, line level, and helper to establish your drain's direction and slope. Remember, however many feet your trench is going, is how much deeper the end of your trench will be.

Step 2
Take a step back and do the math. Be sure that you're not going to be 4...

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Fieldsy1024 wrote:

There is a drain in the middle of my basement where the flooring is (very slightly) slated toward....so I am assuming there is a lower area of ground.

The problem with the side with the leak is that its near a neighbors out. That whole side goes (in order), side of house, sidewalk/deck, driveway (apx 6-7 feet long), even grassy ground (25 feet from neighbor but I only own about 3-4 feet of this).

I forget exactly what my neighbor said about the cinder block. I think he just said that the holes on the cinder were not filled in.

This problem area is on the side of my house. The backyard is on a hill (slight hill going away from house).

I hope this information helps you a bit better and I thank you for trying to help me!

Never assume anything, I have seen first hand (after it was dug up), drainage tile put around a home that had NO way out, it was just laid there to satisfy some lazy inspector and then filled in.
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Can You Dig It

Often a homeowner is faced with a lawn drainage problem near their front porch or other area of your yard. Many landscape drainage issues can be resolved by directing water from adjacent down spouts away from the porch.

However, there are cases when that is not feasible as when the yard has no slope. In such cases you may want to consider constructing a type of French drain.

Important Note: Call your utility companies and Cable Company to mark the lines before you dig. No one wakes up thinking they are going to have an accident that day.

You may be surprised at how many lines and pipes you have under your yard - be safe and have them marked.

An actual French drain is basically a trench (or drainage pit) filled with gravel surrounding a perforated pipe into which water drains and then is directed away from structures.

Disclaimer: I am offering this solution as one I am using to alleviate a drainage issue at my home....

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Drainage in pretty much every situation be it domestic or industrial, water or waste is a critical thing. Without correct drainage unwanted water or waste can sit and buildup and cause numerous probelms. In light of this, if at any point during this project guide you require additional help and advice give Property Repair Systems a call on 01626 336180. They are experts in all matters of drainage, damp and damage repair an will be able to advise you further.

What Is A French Drain?

A French drain is simply a small trench, dug to a gradient, and filled with aggregate, that will allow surface water to drain away from your walls, a building, driveway, garden or area that is prone to surface water pooling, or is vulnerable to flash flooding.

How To Drain Surface Water

A French drain is ideal for carrying away surface water which builds up around walls, on driveways or in waterlogged areas of a lawn or garden. It is a relatively simple and cost effective...

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A garden or yard is supposed to be well-watered, not very soggy that plants can’t thrive in it anymore. For some people, the immediate solution is putting in a dry well, but such a fix doesn’t really help. For one, a dry well is simply a gravel-filled hole dug in the ground, which will quickly fill with water while the soil around it remains soggy. Subsequently, the dry well is rendered almost useless.

There are far more effective drainage solutions that exist for drenched yards in Vancouver and elsewhere. Since a dry well is unlikely to correct such a problem, enter the capabilities of drain tiles, which are pipes with tiny holes (perforations) buried underground. Water enters the pipe through the perforations and makes its way to a dedicated place, where it’s discharged onto a retention pond or storm sewer.

Drain tile is also known by many names, including French Drain, footing tile, weeping tile, clay tile, perforated drain, and a lot more. In general, the...

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Do you have a

drainage problem

or erosion issues that need a professional solution? Having issues with standing water in your yard, or pooling and puddling around flower beds and flooding in the crawl space of your home? Is the drainage issues around your home and yard causing problems with the foundation of your home or molding or movement of the home?

EVALUATION: We offer a service to evaluate your water drainage. We will evaluate water that is pooling around your home or foundation, pooling in your yard, and evaluate solutions and costs for the removal of water away from your home and yard. We can also supply you with detailed plans for your drainage solutions.

SOLUTIONS: We may utilize any of the following approaches to fix your water drainage problems:
Run Off Drain, French Drain, Trench Drains, Channel Drain, Pump Drain, Gutters and Downspouts, Catch Basins, Terrace, Berm, or Swales, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Grading

Depending on the...

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Poor Lawn Drainage

Does water sit on your yard for hours, if not days, after a rainfall? Poor lawn drainage is a problem that can be fixed.

Problems often associated with poor lawn drainage

A common landscaping problem associated with poor lawn drainage is that most plants are not adapted to water clogged soils. Turf grass suffers from root rot, if sitting in water too long. Moss, on the other hand, never gets too much water. So poor lawn drainage tends to tip the balance in favor of moss over grass. For information on low-growing plants well adapted to wet soils, see Wet ground covers. Most trees and shrubs are also not adapted to growing in water saturated soils. They also suffer from root rot and lack of oxygen. Some trees, such as bald cypresses and red maples, are better adapted to such conditions. For more information on plants that do better in locations with poor lawn drainage, see either Wet sun plants or Wet shade plants. Another big annoyance that...
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For most residential applications, a 4-inch diameter drainage pipe fits the bill very well. Trench width and depth can (and will) vary from one situation to the next, but you always want to make sure you have got a 2- or 3-inch buffer of gravel surrounding your pipe. This includes above and below the pipe, too; keeping your pipe surrounded by gravel on all sides reduces the chances of contact with clogging debris, so don't forget this buffer zone. While some recommend that the diameter of the drainage pipe and the gravel buffer are the only two determining factors in the width of your trench, having a little wiggle room is never a bad idea. It is not only easier to work in a wider space, some claim that wider trenches are also easier to grade and...

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The concept of a French drain works with gravity. Water follows the ebb and flow of earth's guiding principal, and thus, the French drain carries water downstream. This sloped trench provides a method to help homeowners avoid damp patches on their lawn or property by regulating drainage, and keeping things dry in places where it's necessary.

If you’re a homeowner who has noticed dampness around your foundation, or reoccurring water collection issues, then you should consider creating a French drain on your property. If you’re still on the fence about this method, read on to find all the relevant information regarding this efficient system.

Everything you need to know about French drains!

How does a French drain operate?

source: Pixabay, vedatzorluer

As we’ve mentioned, a French drain is a straightforward method which operates by way of gravity to divert water away from the house, creating an effortless pathway for water to flow...

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Flooded basements are a very serious problem that can result in considerable damage to your property and possessions. It’s also a health concern as wet basements promote mold. It’s important to resolve poor drainage issues rather than clean up the aftermath year after year. Plus, flood insurance will only protect you for so long. If you’re looking for a DIY solution, French drains and drainage trenches are a great way to divert water away from your home.

How a French Drain Works

Water will follow the path of least resistance. A French drain provides an easy alternate route for water, allowing you to direct it away from your home. You accomplish this by using perforated pipe and gravel. Water would much rather flow through open pipe or around small rocks than through compact soil but there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure your drain works properly. Read on as we cover how to install a drainage trench.

How to Install a Hidden Drainage...

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If your basement floods or yard ponds with water during a storm, a French drain is a low-tech solution that steers water away from the house and low-lying areas. The French drain incorporates a trench lined with gravel and pipes that detour runoff. The trench is backfilled to cover the pipes. While French drains can help with rainwater issues, they are not without problems.

Pipe and Utility Issues

When digging a trench around a house or area of a yard, you or your contractor may encounter buried gas or power lines, as well as underground water and sewer pipes. It's always a good idea to contact utilities to find out the locations of these before beginning to dig.

Difficulty in Installation

If your soil is comprised of hard-packed clay or is very rocky, digging long trenches can be a chore, taking more time or costing more money than originally planned for.

Clogs

One of the biggest problems with French drains is that the pipes can become...

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The majority of drainage problems are usually caused by an inadequate pitch or slope in your yard which prevents water runoff from being diverted away from the house. And the issue is often complicated by downspouts on the residence that do not pipe away the rain gutter water from the property.

“The books say lawns can be as low as 2% and pitch water away properly, but we have found 3% is the minimum,” Lesti says. “When lawn areas are less than this, a French drain or catch basins should be used. You can also create a low area, known as a swale (shallow gully) to direct water away.” But it is always preferable to have runoff water flow naturally overland without resorting to catch basins or French drains because they often clog over a period of time.

Lesti states that drainage problems sometimes arise, “because the house has been set too low by the builder. If you have a basement, you can waterproof the block to fill and then pitch away.” You can also install a sump...

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