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Old 03-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Possible I may need a french drain . I just moved into our new build house on xmass eve and this last month we had a lot snow and rain .
Our lawn is not loam and seed yet and water is collecting along our drive way witch is gravel with some kind of base that we were told was going to harden over time, with so much water it soak it up like a sponge and made the driveway so soft that our cars would sink in a little about 1-3 inches .
How deep does a french drain has to be , was thinking along the drive way and cut across if I pave the drive way will it crush the pipe ?

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Got a picture of this driveway?
If it was built correctly you should not be having this issue.

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Possible I may need a french drain . I just moved into our new build house on xmass eve and this last month we had a lot snow and rain .
Our lawn is not loam and seed yet and water is collecting along our drive way witch is gravel with some kind of base that we were told was going to harden over time, with so much water it soak it up like a sponge and made the driveway so soft that our cars would sink in a little about 1-3 inches .
How deep does a french drain has to be , was thinking along the drive way and cut across if I pave the drive way will it crush the pipe ?
Ayuh,.... If the lawn areas aren't done, re-grade it to drain off the water....
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Before installing a French drain, decide where (well away from the house) the water will be channeled to or pumped to.

Then create one or more temporary surface channels to see how well this works. For a gravel driveway the channel does not have to go across the driveway. The gravel itself is porous and water in the gravel will make its way to the channel if you selected a good location for the channel.

If the channel works in the way of carrying lots of water but the driveway is still squishy, you may install an underground pipe about 18 to 24 inches deep along that route. (Needs to be 36 inches deep for full protection against freezing.) A dry well with sump pump is needed if the pipe is buried so deep that it does not empty out at the far end by gravity flow. The pipe leading away from the driveway should be non-perforated.

If it is the base as opposed to the gravel of the driveway that is squishy then perforated pipes about 12 to 18 inches deep running at the sides of the driveway should help. They must be connected to the aforementioned or additional non-perforated pipe so water is taken someplace else.

Outdoors, draining on the surface of adequately graded land is better than underground pipes.
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Once again it's that time again water and lot's of it I'm hoping on using this from Home Depot
http://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-8-in-...802F/202259347
And installing it along the drive way an maybe the front yard . and run it away from the house . In the pic it will run across the drive way to the left witch slopes even more , I already have a 100' drain from my gutters going that way but I think is under 3' going to rent a trench digger for a day ounce I get all the pipe I need than start from the top of the drive way about 18" and slope it down to the end and across. Summer project .
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Ayuh,.... Really,..??..?? at $5.00 a Foot,..??

Plain ole cloth covered plastic tile is plenty to do what yer doin',...
'ell,... Bare plastic drainage tile will work,...
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ain't you suppose to dig 18" or more than have a layer of gravel then lay pipe in cloth and cover again with gravel then dirt? I don't know how much gravel and cloth would coast ?
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Will I went to home depot to see what would I need for a french drain. landscaping cloth around $40 4x100"
pipe sleeve around $25 for 100"
Now for the pipe $9. for white drain pipe with 2 rows of 5/8" holes 10'
and $6.25 for the corex drain pipe perforated for 10'
and a drench digger $200. for 24hr 4"x 18"
witch pipe works best?
does the white pipe need a sleeve cover or is that for the corex pipe?
should the trench be around 6" wide?
how is the trench fill gravel,pipe,gravel then cloth?
I have been looking for info but notice it's done different ways.


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ad a trench shovel to your list, you wont regret it!
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Is the white drainage pipe better than a corex perforated pipe?
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When I did my sons, I used the white with smooth inside. My thought is/was the corrugated would build up dirt and debris. I used solid pipe, with a slope and grates about very 6 feet. This worked for his side yard issue.
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When I did my sons, I used the white with smooth inside. My thought is/was the corrugated would build up dirt and debris. I used solid pipe, with a slope and grates about very 6 feet. This worked for his side yard issue.
I was thinking the same thing , How did you install yours? Did you use the pipe sock also?
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I was thinking the same thing , How did you install yours? Did you use the pipe sock also?
Nope. Dug a trench from the side yard to the front yard. Threw in the pipe, made sure there was a drop in the pipe for flow and that the final end would allow for the pop up drain to remain at curb level and discharge.

Covered the pipe back and grassed over. I believe we installed 4 grates for the water to enter the system. Have to make sure these remain uncovered but easily done when yard is done.

Works fine for us, even though its not done perfectly!

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