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Question DetailsAsked on 12/15/2014

What is the average cost of lawn drainage installation

Installation of French drain on side of house

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This is too wide open a question, but I will toss out some VERY rough ballpark numbers just for comparison and so you have a VERY rough idea of what you might be getting into:


a very minor ditch or swale might cost as low as $3-5/lf, a shallow buried perforated drain pipe french drain maybe $5-15/LF, a rock-filled trench or couple feet deep French Drain in the $10-20/LF, a house perimeter drain to prevent basement water infiltration more like $20-80/LF depending on how deep and whether waterproofing the foundation at same time or not and if need wetwell and sump pump or not; and for deep french drain systems, significant channelization, etc, from $25/LF on up to thousands depending on size, flow capacity, whether wetlands or navigable waterways permits are required or not, etc.


If you are talking about a perimeter drain around the house as it sounds like might be the case (which should almost always include waterrpoofing of the foundation surface as well), you can find more info and some $ ranges in the Home > Basement Waterproofing link in Browse Projects at lower left. Note that there are also responses with checklists of ways to control the water BEFORE it gets to the foundation (unless it is groundwater), which are almost always both much cheaper and more effective and long-lasting than handling it at the foundation.

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