Build A Simple French Drain System

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Learn how to build a simple french drain system to help eliminate flooding in your yard or home after heavy rain storms. Once the system is set up, rainwater will be transported through a perforated pipe and deposited in another part of your yard that drains well. 


  • garden stakes
  • measuring tape
  • perforated drainpipe 
  • large shovel
  • tamping tool
  • gravel
  • landscape fabric
  • scissors 
  • grass seed
  • water hose

Mark The Land And Dig A Trench

Use garden stakes to mark the area that is prone to flooding when it rains. Call your local utility commission to receive approval before digging in this section. The utility commission can make arrangements to have your property inspected so that you do not accidentally dig in an area where electrical wires or pipes are lying. After you receive approval, dig a trench that is wide enough to hold a perforated drain pipe in the section that is marked.

Begin to dig a trench that is a couple feet deep and make the depth of the trench slightly deeper as you move further away from your home. The decline will ensure that water is carried away from your home and carried throughout the pipe that is placed inside of the trench. Flatten the bottom of the trench with a tamping tool. Press the flat part of the tool along the base of the trench until the dirt is compressed. Purchase a perforated pipe that is long enough to cover the length of the trench. Pour a thin, even layer of gravel in the base of the trench. 

Insert The Pipe And Cover It With Landscape Fabric And Soil

Lay the perforated drain pipe at the base of the trench with the drain holes facing upwards. Press the pipe firmly into the gravel so that it stays in place. Cut a piece of landscape fabric that is slightly wider and longer than the pipe. Place the fabric over the pipe. The fabric will prevent weeds from growing above the drainpipe and will prevent dirt from entering the holes on the top of the pipe.

Cover the pipe up with dirt until the ground is level with the rest of your property. Sprinkle grass seed over the covered section. Water it well with a water hose. Continue to water the grass seed a few times each week. In a few weeks, new grass will be growing over the perforated drain pipe. The new french drain system will prevent flooding in your yard and will protect your home from water damage.  To learn more about french drains, contact a business like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.


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Those Cold, January Nights

When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.