French Drain

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by matthew horner, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 696

    Can someone please run through the procedures for a french drain. Thanks.
    Matt
     
  2. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

  3. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 696

    thank you very much
     
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    That was a good article. In the process without the pipe or any fabric, wont the french drain become clogged over time from silt in the existing soils, and runoff???
     
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,578

    Your probably right Ken ... I've never really gone back to one years later to see if it is still working. It's a cheap Fix sometimes. Whenever I have done one I also incorporate a large rock filled pit.
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    I can see if you lined the trench with fabric, then laid the fabric on top of the stone, that would seem to be a better solution.
     
  7. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    i always ad a 4 inch pipe but never filter fabric....the fabric over time will clog up with dirt and not allow water to enter the pipe.....a good covering of 3/4 crushed gravel works just fine.

    Chuck
     
  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,578

    Chuck ...I 've done it both ways, but like I said i've never really followed up years later so I can't say for sure. I do agree that filter cloth will clog over time. i would use 3/4 clear instead of crush.
     

Share This Page