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Question DetailsAsked on 3/17/2014

Who should I ask to put in a french drain?

My back yard is in a very low spot with no drainage. There are times when I have 3-6 inches of water across my whole back yard. I would like to put in a french drain, (or something similar), spread topsoil, lay sod and put sprinklers in.

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Landscaper would be best in this case.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


A french drain can work, but should generally be your second choice as it does not eliminate the wet zone - just lowers it a bit in elevation, and is subject to clogging and freezing. Your first choice, if possible, should generally be to recontour as necessary to divert water to harmless areas (including harmless to neighbors), either by regrading to change flow path, or by placing compacted general fill to eliminate low spots, followed by whatever top cover you weant - planters, gravel, crushed stone, lawn, etc. Note I said COMPACTED FILL - uncompacted fill, unless clean coarse gravel or rock used as mass fill to fill a large low spot prior to putting compacted base materials and topsoil over it, will hold a lot of water and leave the area soft and "spongy" - it needs to be properly compacted so it runs the water off the surface without becoming a sponge.

If you are planning on putting in sprinklers then recountouring should definitely be your first choice - because the low area you have now will still be soggy every time you sprinkle.

Unless you are talking many truckloads of materials (in which case an excavation and dirtwork company might be best), then for normal homeowner jobs a landscaping company is probably your best bet, as noted in prior comment.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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