I've got water accumulating around a portion of the house, and think a french drain may be the answer. Ala "Ask the Builder" advice here:
I'm curious if people think its possible to install a french drain too close to the house? The portion of the house that could use a french drain has a sidewalk around it. Most of the water accumulates between the sidewalk and the house. During hard rains, it puddles. There are about 2.5 feet between the two.
What is the harm of a french drain being 2 feet from the house? Vs. 4-6?