3 Tips When Digging a French Drain 3 Tips When Digging a French Drain

A French drain is one of the most simple and inexpensive drain systems to install. It require no special tools, and the only material you will need other than gravel fill will be a drain pipe. You can even create one of these drains without the pipe. Here are 3 tips that will make your job easier.

Tip 1 – Buried Utility Pipes

Before you begin digging, especially if you use trench digging equipment, check with your local utility companies for information about gas, water, power or telephone lines that might be buried where you plan to dig your French drain trench.

Tip 2 - Your Trench Width

Although you can dig a drain trench as narrow as 6 inches, you'll find that a wider trench will be more effective. A trench 8 to 12 inches will be easier to dig and grade. It will also drain water more effectively, and it will last longer because it will take longer to clog with soil and debris.

Tip 3 – Where to Begin Digging

Begin digging your trench at the lowest end of your trench to which your drain water will run. By doing so, you will be sure this part of the drain will not need to be changed if you ever to find large roots or rocks in your trench.

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