If you’re suffering from a soggy yard or are building a retaining wall on a hillside, a French drain may be a good drainage choice. The French drain is a surprisingly simple concept: since water naturally flows downhill, a French drain facilitates that movement.
French drains provide an easy channel in which water can naturally drain away from the house via a sloped gravel-filled trench, with a perforated pipe at the bottom. This water can be diverted to:
- A drainage ditch
- A dry well
- A low-lying area of your property
- The street
As an aside, the name of this drainage technique doesn’t come from the country, as you might expect. It actually comes from its creator Henry French, a judge and farmer that promoted this drainage concept in his 1859 book about farm drainage.
When to Use a French Drain
If you’re experiencing surface water:
A shallow French drain, also called a curtain drain, would work best for you. It ranges across your property horizontally, directly uphill from the soggy spot. It interrupts the water and channels it away from the area. The most common size of this type of French drain is 2 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide.
If you’re building a retaining wall on a hillside:
It’s advisable to build a French drain behind the first course of blocks or stones. Without it, water will build up behind the wall, causing issues.
If you’d like to learn more about French drains or schedule an appointment to meet with an Orlando drainage specialist, call Lawn Enforcement today at 407-657-2001.