Water on Patio


Old 10-09-11, 06:43 AM
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Question Water on Patio

I have rain water from a small hill running onto my patio. It may get high enough to enter my house. Is it cheaper to have a drain installed in the patio or to have a French drain installed in front of the patio??

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Old 10-09-11, 11:57 AM
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The costs will depend on many things so you probably cannot get an answer online since we cannot see what you have. Posting some pictures would help.

Without knowing what you have I guessing that installing a drain in your patio is not an option since the patio should slope towards the drain to be effective and installing a drain may involve demolishing part of the patio.
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Like Pilot Dane said, without pictures so we can see the situation, the "best" ideas may not be forthcoming. But, based on what you said, it's going to be a lot less expensive to install a drain AROUND the slab than it will be to install one IN the slab.

That's based on the fact that it's a lot cheaper to dig dirt than it is to cut concrete, and then put things back together to make it look good!!

I'm assuming that the slab is simply flatwork, properly sloped away from the house. A perimeter drain will prevent water from getting onto the slab, other than the rain water that is going to fall there naturally.

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