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?
No problem having it close to the house provided that water does not remain in it. (Water must eventually drain downhill and onto the ground surface well away from the house or must drain into a pit with a sump pump.)
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