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Old 06-17-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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French/Trench drain sucesses?


I had already talked about this some but wanted to ask if anyone had dug a trench around their foundation perimeter and installed tile/gravel and actually had it stop water from going into their basement. Ours gets about 1-2" of water during heavy rain, we are on flat land so we cannot positive grade since our basement was put in too deep (the dirt would have to meet the siding if we did), so the grading is about flat or even slightly negative in some areas. If you did the trench drain how deep did you dig and did you do it right up against your foundation or out a couple feet? Also, how big of gravel did you use?

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Old 06-17-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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Of course drains work! But, my city allows us to connect the french drain to the sewer so, without proper evacuation your screwed. Google the subject and you'll see how to install the drain, it's really easy to do. I'd also recommend applying an elastomer membrane to the outside wall.

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Old 06-17-2008, 10:51 PM   #3
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http://www.askthebuilder.com/070_Lin..._Seepage.shtml

Here is a interesting short article on the subject.
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thanks docfletcher. I had actually read his articles on trench and french drains but hadn't read that one. It had an excellent illustration and good info and testimonials from people who had done it.
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