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Old 09-25-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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Part of our property is low on both sides. I intend to install the perfereated pipe with the sock on it and lead it to a couple of trencehes that lead away from our property. Drive in access is an issue; getting gravel there will have to be by hand. If I use the pipe with the sock on it is it necessary to use gravel for surface water drainage.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Are the low areas actually holding water? And other than the low areas , does your yard have sloping in which the rest of the yard drains? Could you by any chance post a photo of your yard? As far as the socks, personally, I don't like them because they clog up with mud quickly. If you think about it, the perforated pipe has certain sized holes in it. Now you put a sock over it which has smaller holes in it. The smaller the hole, the easier the holes can clog up. The same with so called filter fabric. Although filter fabric is recommended in some cases. So if you do use a sock and don't envelope it in stone, it will clog up right away. The stone is the most important part of the french drain. In some types of french drains they don't even use pipe just the stone to catch the water.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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If the cloth is wrapped directly around the pipe without some gravel sandwiched in between, it will clog more quickly because there will be numerous places where the cloth clings to the pipe and water has to go through the same specific small (1/2 inch diameter) spot on the cloth in order to get into the pipe perforation at that spot.

Do you really need a buried pipe? Can water flow on the surface grass over to a trench where it leaves the property?
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