Ok rant over...until next week when they botch another design in production. On to today's project which you can tell from the title is a French drain. My husband finally made me a list of the materials he used so I can finally share that with you. First, a back story. You remember last year we made a beautiful backyard, and then the ugly summer came and went and we had no idea we had a bad drainage problem, you know lack of water can make you miss a few things. Even when the rains of February came we didnt realize it at first because the ground was so dry it soaked up all the water as fast as it came down. We were lucky enough though to get about a month of rain straight and we finally realized we had a pretty substantial drainage problem. I didnt think to snap any pics but the whole side by the fence had pretty much constant standing water...even when the rest of the lawn seemed dry there was so much water there my dog could drink from it. In the grand scheme of things we really dont have an earth shattering problem, it only becomes a problem if we dont want the plants to drown and since I dont, Joe came up with a solution.
Below is after all the rocks were down and covered the pipe. Joe still needs to spread them out to be a little more uniform, but thats simply cosmetic, all the hard labor is now complete yay! You can see one of the drains in this picture too.
Now for the nitty gritty...the materials we used:
- 60’ perforated 4” sdr35 pipe
- 1 – single inlet catch basin
- 2 – double inlet catch basin
- 3 – tops for catch basin
- 1 – Grid end-cap for 4” SDR35 pipe.
- 1 yard bull rock
- 1 roll weed blocker
- shovel, pipe cutter, Off (mosquitoes were off the chain crazy)
Total cost for everything was $200 so this wasnt a super cheap project but it needed to be done, and Joe did get too much material so he is taking that back today. I have to say the most time consuming part of this project was just digging the trench. Thankfully the ground is still soft from all the ran so it wasnt super hard to dig into. Oh and in case you were wondering, the drain goes out to the edge of our property, out the back of the fence and spills out over the edge of the hill we are on top of. Behind our backyard there is about a 4 foot drop just 1 foot away from our fence so that was the perfect spot to have the water spill out.
So there you have it...how to install a french drain. Not as hard as you thought right!
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