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French drain recommendation

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by renovo, 17 Aug 2018.

  1. renovo

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    Hello all,

    I'm new to the forum but it's great to come across it.

    I purchased a house built in 1910.

    There was some damp inside the house, part of which I believe was caused by poor guttering which I have now had sorted.

    The grounds around the house were also high so I have dug a french drain style french around the house which I'm certain will be better than leaving it as it was as the bricks were pressed up against the house bricks.

    I'm looking for recommendations on what to do next. I have sort of dived in without a plan. Should I simply fill the french with gravel and keep and eye on it or look into products designed for this?

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    Thanks.
     
  2. KenGMac

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    renovo, good evening.

    First the easy bit?

    In a conventional french drain a so called geotextile [Terram or similar] is placed in the trench, that is down each side of the trench and across the bottom, this material will [to a greater extent] prevent mud and small particles of material getting into the gravel and clogging it up.

    Now for the more difficult bit.

    Do you know what the local to you Regs. are about discharge of ground and rain water into the drainage system + if allowed what are the conditions attaching? or will you need a Soakaway?

    Once you find out about the above you can then start to plan out what to do next?

    Conventionally French Drains have a perforated [generally ] plastic pipe laid at the bottom of the trench

    Now where to discharge any accumulated ground and rain water? all depends on local Regs.

    You can depending on topography run the perforated pipe into the rain water drain or? you may need a Soakaway or Soakaways, depending on availability of land?

    Ken.
     
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  4. renovo

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    Many thanks for your reply Ken!

    I will look into these options but everything sounds good.
     
  5. Ian H

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    What about an aco channel?
     
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