Prevent Flooding In Your Yard By Installing A French Drain System

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If you are tired of walking in mud puddles in your yard every time that it rains, a simple french drain system that you design yourself can solve the problem. Rainwater will travel through a pipe and will be deposited in an area that is away from your home. 

Use The Following Items

  • plastic, perforated drainpipe
  • fittings
  • measuring tape
  • landscape fabric
  • scissors
  • gravel
  • garden gloves
  • hoe
  • large shovel
  • garden stakes
  • hand rake
  • grass seed

Measure And Mark Your Property 

Find a suitable area in your yard that is low lying and that drains well. This spot can be used as the end of your drain system. Measure the distance between this spot and the area that becomes flooded after it rains. Use garden stakes to mark each end that will be used for the drain system. When you purchase materials, bring the measurement with you so that you buy enough pieces of pipe and the fittings that are needed to connect them.

Dig A Trench 

The best way to make a trench for your drain system is to dig a shallow ditch near the spot that floods and have it gradually slope downward until you reach the area where the water will be deposited. The trench needs to be several inches wide so that the pipe will fit inside of it. A gradual incline is all that is needed. Dig down several inches and continue making the trench a little bit deeper as you move further away from the beginning of the drainage system. 

Add Gravel And The Drain Pipe

Pour a couple inches of gravel in the base of the trench. Even it out with a hand rake so that the thickness is the same throughout the trench. Cut a piece of landscape fabric to fit inside of the trench. Place it flat over the gravel. The fabric will prevent weeds from growing, which could cause a blockage in parts of the pipe. Lay the drainage pipe on top of the gravel. Make sure that the drainage holes are facing upward.

If you are using multiple pipes, connect each piece to a fitting. Push one end of each pipe that is being connected into each side of a fitting. Place a piece of landscape fabric over the pipe. Fill in the trench with dirt. Press it down firmly until it is even with the rest of your yard. Sprinkle grass seed on the dirt. After a few weeks, new grass will be growing in this section. Whenever it rains, water will be carried away from your home and puddles will not form. 

For more information, contact Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. or a similar company.


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