Damp Proof Course/Patio/French Drain

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  1. ESE131

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    I had a single storey kitchen extension built a few years ago. It was all signed off by building control, however the grass was left right up to the building and since covid happened, it was a year or so until I could have the garden landscaped.

    The landscaping was done by another company. When they took up the grass, they discovered the builder hadn’t put the drainage pipes and system low enough, in order to leave 15cm below the airbricks when a patio was built.

    By this point the works were paid for and the patio stones ready to go. The landscapers told me the best thing to do was to build a French drain around the brick and not too worry too much about it. It’s mainly under a bifold door.

    I have no internal signs of damp in the house. But with winter wet weather coming I’m more worried now about it. The bricks are damp below the gravel ‘drain’ and I’m wondering if it’s better to take out the stone and sand in this ‘French drain’ and let them air dry? Or if this will simply expose them to more rain?

    I’m really unsure of the best thing to do…will this cause me major problems if I try to sell? Photos are attached. Thanks for any advice!
     

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    Can’t see in the photo, is dpc breeched? Are the vents sealed, looks to be fresh air around the one under door.
     
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    I think it must be, because I can't see the DPC? So assume its under the gravel 'drain'? Sorry Im not very knowledgeable about it...
     
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