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How to Install a French Drain the Right Way

How to Install a French Drain the Right Way

When you are installing a french drain you want to use an excavator to remove all the dirt from the trench. The trench you see here has been excavated, the soil has been taken out and hauled away. There is a pipe at the bottom of the trench because that's where the...

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Digging a Trench for a French Drain That Lasts

Digging a Trench for a French Drain That Lasts

A french drain begins with digging a trench. We recommend using an excavator to start digging the trench at the low points in the yard and work our way to the discharge location.   Your trench should be 14 inches wide, and once your fabric and pipe are in the...

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Calculating the Cost of a French Drain

Calculating the Cost of a French Drain

Calculating the cost of a french drain depends on the quality of the french drain system that you want. You will need a quality french drain pipe, there are a lot of different perforated corrugated pipes on the market, however, not all are meant for french drains. You...

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How to Design a French Drain

How to Design a French Drain

When designing a french drain system, you want to start with the low points or wherever you get standing water. Other spots to start with are areas that are difficult to mow, this is where designing your french drain begins.   From there you will need to take...

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Discharging Your French Drain to a Water Reservoir

Discharging Your French Drain to a Water Reservoir

We have just finished installing a french drain, we ended the pipe at the edge of this pond where there was slope down to the water. The pipe is at the bottom of the slope, flush with the grade. The water is running through some rip rap into the pond.   The water...

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Installing a French Drain Around Landscape Features

Installing a French Drain Around Landscape Features

The yard that we are working in today has a high point in the middle. This was done so the water would run down to the storm drain on the fence line here and to the storm drain on the other side in the neighbour's yard.   This set up has worked for the past 20...

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Installing a French Drain Under the Sidewalk

Installing a French Drain Under the Sidewalk

We are installing a french drain and wanted to show you how we are going to take the system to the curb by going under the sidewalk.   We tunneled under the sidewalk and are using a piece of PVC pipe that we have glued a connector to that we will use to connect...

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Running a Downspout to a French Drain

Running a Downspout to a French Drain

Downspouts can be the cause of soft spots or standing water in your yard. Pay attention to how much water each downspout you have is responsible for and you will most likely find one or two that need to be tied to a french drain.   This trough handles almost all...

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Getting Rid of Water From Your Neighbour’s Property

Getting Rid of Water From Your Neighbour’s Property

In most cases, the side property line is the center of the swale between two houses. That being said, if you build a patio right to the property line, you're putting all of your water onto your neighbour.   In this case, the neighbour built their patio right to...

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