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Question DetailsAsked on 1/31/2015

how do you install a french drain in yard

there is water seepage in hvac vent on back wall of family room. the house is on a slab and the house sits down hill slightly. I think a french drain would help.

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It might indeed, but drains need maintenance and can get clogged, so it is always better to try to intercept the water at a distance from the house (or divert it away, if roof runoff) before going with sub-surface solutions. Granted, in high groundwater cases you may not have a choice, but surface swales or berms or regrading the ground so it slopes away from the house is always a better initial solution if conditions do not prevent it, and generally much cheaper too.

You can find a ton of suggestions for controlling infiltrating water in the Home > Basement Waterproofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Your contractors will typically be a landscaping contractor for minor regrading or swales, Excavating for major earthwork (rarely needed for residential jobs), or Drain Pipe Installation - Exterior or Basement Waterproofing for deep french drains.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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