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Old 10-27-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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Hello.

I am having an interior French Drain installed in my Crawl Space due to water issues. The contractor will dig out the drain, place in PVC with holes, add stones around the PVC, etc.

He said I can leave it alone with the stone or cement over it. There is an extra charge to cement over the stone.

Is there a reason to choose one way or another? I have never seen a French Drain which has not been cemented over.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
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The only reason for covering a French drain with concrete is if you plan to walk on the surface. Else you can simply fill to grade with stone. Make sure your contractor surrounds the perforated pipe with filter fabric to reduce the potential for silt to clog the pipe.

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Old 10-28-2010, 01:31 AM   #3
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i would advise against the french drain. best solution is to fix the cause not treat teh symptom
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:06 PM   #4
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dan's correct on both points as is federer,,, however, this is not a perfect world,,, if it were, barney frank wouldn't have been reelected 5 terms ago
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:27 AM   #5
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Thank you to everyone who has replied. I appreciate the comments and thoughts.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:16 PM   #6
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The biggest benefit to pouring a concrete floor in a crawlspace would be to protect the vapor barrier.

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