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Old 03-13-2012, 11:53 PM
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Anyone no anything about French Drains?

I have a customer needing help with flooding in her back yard and she wants some french drains put in. Any advice on how to do that would be much appreciated! And how to price. Thanks.

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:04 AM
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I have a customer needing help with flooding in her back yard and she wants some french drains put in. Any advice on how to do that would be much appreciated! And how to price. Thanks.

Zachary McCollum
The drains themselves are easy. Most importantly though, your best move would be to involve somebody who is qualified to design and oversee the installation of the drains. In the long run it could save your a$$ in terms of liability!! Trust me. I know people who have been there. Getting dragged into a $13mil construction defect lawsuit because you did some simple french drain work can and does happen!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:12 AM
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The drains themselves are easy. Most importantly though, your best move would be to involve somebody who is qualified to design and oversee the installation of the drains. In the long run it could save your a$$ in terms of liability!! Trust me. I know people who have been there. Getting dragged into a $13mil construction defect lawsuit because you did some simple french drain work can and does happen!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:16 AM
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The drains themselves are easy. Most importantly though, your best move would be to involve somebody who is qualified to design and oversee the installation of the drains. In the long run it could save your a$$ in terms of liability!! Trust me. I know people who have been there. Getting dragged into a $13mil construction defect lawsuit because you did some simple french drain work can and does happen!!
Agreed. Drainage can be as simple as moving water from gutter downspouts or extremely involved like lowering a high water table. If you can't identify and quantify why the area is flooding, then you have nowhere to start.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:17 AM
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Thanks to both of you for the advice!

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:18 AM
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Thanks Kiril!

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:32 AM
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Yup, as stated before, you can get sued big time if the work is done right OR wrong.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:51 AM
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I will def get someone more qualified to take a look at it. I am insured, but I don't want any problems. I am 18 and going to college to do this kinda stuff for the rest of my career, so I don't want to have any problems getting started.

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:23 PM
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I agree with everyone (for once). Most septic designers are real qualified to do the design. The best advice I was ever given for a French" (or curtain) drain was to go to hardpan and then six inches. "D-boxes" should be used to pick-up surface water and channel it into the drain lines. 1/4" per foot drop should be used for the drain lines. Trenches should be backfilled with drain rock, with a layer of filter fabric on top. When on slopes, I've used visquene to wrap the the trench on the downhill side. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:03 PM
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Here's an interesting topic on a foundation engineering website.
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