A French drain is a sloping trench that is filled with gravel or rock. The drain often contains a perforated pipe wrapped in filter fabric that is used to carry surface and ground water away from a structure. The gravity... More »

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LewisLandscape.com and Griffin Air are some of the sites that feature pictures of French drains. These pictures show French drains in different stages of design and construction. More »

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Some common drainage designs for lawns are the grassy swale, dry well system and one that utilizes corrugated tubes. Each of these systems is designed to keep water from puddling and water draining toward the foundation ... More »

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Installing a French drain requires digging a sloped ditch, lining it with landscaping fabric, adding gravel, laying perforated pipe, adding more gravel up to grade to increase the drainage and covering the trench. The pr... More »

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A French drain system is a trench laid with gravel designed to reroute water away from homes, gardens or other areas susceptible to moisture damage. Typically a 1 percent grade is optimal, the trench depth increasing by ... More »

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Installing a French drain requires digging a trench along the outside of the footing and laying the pipe in the soil. Cover the pipe and lay filter fabric over the gravel. Back-fill the foundation and level it off. More »

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To build a French drain, dig a trench to hold a drainage pipe, and cover the pipe with layers of gravel, landscape fabric, sand and topsoil. You need a shovel, gravel, landscape fabric, a drainage pipe at least 6 feet in... More »

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