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Always 'wet' french drain

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by rawtoxic, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. rawtoxic

    rawtoxic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    I have been asked to bid a french drain to fix an interesting problem.

    A guy has a ditch he wants me to install a french drain under the ditch but there is a spring that runs year around in the drainage so this isn't just any ditch it's almost a small creek that happens to be directly adjacent to his driveway flow is around 1-2GPM. What happens is the spring ices up and runs over the road in the Winter and he has been jackhammering ice for the past two years. He thinks by installing a french drain and keeping the water more insulated by being in the ground it will not freeze up. This is on a North facing slope at 7500' in foothills outside Denver. I am unsure this will work but he seems more than eager to hire me to install it. I am a minimum going to run some old wire through my pipe so he can fish some heat tape through later if it does not work but I feel bad even doing it if it will be a failure. If it were only a temporary spring or only during melting periods I would go running from this project. But since the water is always running the homeowner thinks it will keep it open all winter. I have no experience with this - any advice? We could do some culvert installations and I think they would fix it but could would be triple in price and we must cross the buried elect and gas lines!
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    My opinion, anything short of a culvert is a waste of money and won't work.
  3. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    Stay away without proper engineering he will never be happy and you will have an angry customer.

    See if he will pay for an engineer.
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