How to Build a French Drain
How to create a French drain in a few short steps.
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- striping spray paint
- top soil
- 6” drain pipe
- roll of landscape fabric
- landscaping stones
Step 1: Determine Area for Re-Routing
Locate the appropriate area of yard for excess water to be re-routed. Choose a location where the flow of water won’t affect neighboring properties.
Step 2: Locate Best Route for Drainage
Determine a slightly downward-sloping route at least 1 meter from walls or fencing that is clear of any obstructions such as posts, trees or shrubs. TIP: Drains which slope 6” for every 50’ feet ensure the best result.
Step 3: Mark Route
Use striping spray paint to mark drainage route.
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