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A French Drain is Perforated Pipe Surrounded By Gravel. It usually has a catch basin to help collect surface water and the gravel perforated pipe collects the subsurface water, water table or ground water.

Catch Basins Collect Surface Water

Catch Basins Collect Surface Water

When your yard floods and the water stands for days, a French drain is usually needed to remove the water.

Perforated Pipe, surrounded by Gravel collects Subsurface water

Perforated Pipe, surrounded by Gravel collects Subsurface water

As with any drain there must be a discharge point lower than the inlet. In other wards, the water standing in your yard must have a place to go that is Downhill or LOWER than the flooded spot. If that cannot be achieved, a sump pump is needed to left the water up and send it to the street, storm drain or other natural area away from the low spot in the yard.

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Zoeller M53, 1/3 hp Sump Pump

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Do It Yourself, The French Drain, Everything you need and where to get it.

Installing a French Drain is a project the homeowner could do themselves. All the parts are readily available from Lowes or Home Depot. Just be prepared to do some work.

Here is everything you need to install a gravel drain (French Drain)

1st you need the pipe.
These are 100 foot rolls of both Soild and Perforated Pipe. This is from Lowes but Home Depot has the same stuff.
NOTE – Remember you need Perforated Pipe (has holes in it) that will be surrounded by Gravel for a French Drain.

100 foot rolls of perforated pipe at Lowes

2nd will be the gravel –
How Much Gravel Do you Need? A lot!
Best way to figure how many bags is 1 bag will cover about 2′ feet of a trench 14 to 16 inches deep. So if you are installing 60 feet of pipe, you’ll need at least 30 bags.

3rd you will need some way to transport your gravel. While you could put in your car or trunk, better is a truck, or trailer to haul the gravel and pipe and shovels and wheel barrels, etc..

Transporting the gravel for a french drain

4th You need a wheel barrel to move the gravel to the area you are digging. You carry each bag, but each bag weighs 40 lbs. So a wheel barrel allows you to move more than 1 at a timne and is much easier.

Wheel barrels bring the gravel from the trailer to the rear yard where the low spot is

5th – You need shovels, picks, axe, and rake to dig your trench.. Pretty much you will be digging through mud if its a really bad low spot. Water will have saturated the soil. But if you believe you can do something 🙂

Trenched section of yard for French Drain


You may also need a Catch Basain or 2.
NOTES – Catch Basins help collect immediate surface water run off – Gravel Perforated Pipe helps collect subsurface water. Together they work to remove the water from your low spot.

6 – Once the Trench is complete, including your discharge (this where the water is going to flow), its time to install the Gravel and Pipe.
1st lay a small base of gravel in the trench. Next Install the Perforated Pipe with HOLES POINTING DOWN. Connect your catch basins then cover with gravel. We like to bring ou gravel to grade to really make the water drop into our system, but you cancover the gravel with soil. If doing this, be sure to use a soil seperater fabric. Youdon’t need to wrap the trench in this fabric, it will simply slow the flow of water into the gravel and also the fabric will get packed with dirt and further slow the water infiltration into the gravel. Some people think its best to wrap the gravel and or the pipe, but actually the life of the systemis still the same. 15 to 20 years.

Holes Point Down from Perforated Pipe for the French Drain

Lastly – Lay your all the gravel and pipe, rake out the excess soil to fill other low spots and help water drain into your system. Make sure your Catch Basin Grate is just below grade to allow that water to flow quickly into the catch basin!

Raking out the excess soil from your install of a French Drain

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Apple Drains – How To Drainage Videos – Do It Yourself and Save

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1 – French Drain for Do It Yourself Project, By Apple Drains

2 – How a FRENCH WORKS

3 – How To – Basement Waterproofing – DIY – Exterior Wall – Foundation Waterproofing – Seal Wall

4 – How To Install Perforated Pipe, French Drain for Do It Yourself Job

5 – 4 Common Rainwater Drainage Problems and How To Solve Them, Apple Drains, Drain Contractors

6 – Waterproofing – How to waterproof your foundation

7 – Simple Steps to Installing a French Drain. Simple step by step instructions from Apple Drains

8 – Channel Drain, Driveway Drain, Install

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Downspout Drain Line, Gutter Drain, Roof Drain.

The Downspout Drain is the most important drain in the system. Look at how all the drains in the yard, driveway and eben from the crawl space attach to this drain.


The Downspout Drain is the drain that leads from the bottom of the downspout out to the street. This pipe is the most important pipe in the rainwater drainage system. When it rains, the roof gathers water and the gutters collect it. Then it goes down the downspout to the Downspout Drain Line (sometimes called a drain tile).


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When this pipe is broken or collapsed, ALL the water from the roof ends up in the basement. If you’re home has a sump pump, you may hear the pump run and run when the downspout drain has blockage, or you may see water seeping in at acorner or along the floor of the basement. Sometimes there is staining on the basement wall. All of these things mean its time to check the Downspout Drain.

Other problems will be, a seperation in from the downspout to the drain itself. This is usally caused by an overflowing downspout drain when the water cannot drain to the street.

We install, repair and unclog the Dowsnpout Drain. We can make repairs and correct the seperation if needed.

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French Drain Charlotte NC, By Apple Drains

A french drain is used to collect water from low spots in the yard, around the perimeter of a crawl space or basement. Its made of perforated pipe surrounded by 3/4 inch washed stone and works very well to help collect and remove water.

Please watch our video on how the system works. It will help you undertstand exactly what a french drain is. Also use our SERVICE SIGN UP SHEET to schedule your estimate or job.

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Average Cost French Drain, Rate Info Apple Drains, Fall 2013

Average Rate info for drainage work
Please Note – These are average prices. Your job will be different, but this give you some idea of costs. Please use our service sign up sheet to schedule an estimate or service

French Drain
4″ Perforated Pipe surrounded by 3/4 inch washed stone.
50 feet = $940.00 Installed
100 feet = $1760 Installed
includes all parts and labor.
Sump Pump in Crawl Space
– – $960 Installed
– – Includes Sump Pit, Zoeller M53 1/3 hp Pump,
Gravel surrounding pit.
Does Not Include Electrical work.
Downspout Drain Line
100 feet = 960.00 Installed
Includes 4″ solid pipe (corrugated), All Fittings and Downspout Adaptors
Catch Basins
12″ x 12″ with grate = 160.00 Installed
9′ x 9″ with grate = $120.00 Installed


We do lots of other types of drains like Channel Drain, Trench Drain, Moisture Barrier, Footer Tile in the crawl space, Interior and Exterior Waterproofing , sealing basement and ceawl space walls, Drain Cleaning, and Repair. This article help give sme idea of costs to install a drainage system.

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French Drain Columbus Ohio

French Drain – A French Drain can be used to collect water from a low spot in the yard, along a Basement Wall or Crawl Space wall, even under a driveway or along a retaining wall.

The Downspout Drain is the most important drain in the system. Look at how all the drains in the yard, driveway and eben from the crawl space attach to this drain.


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The system works like this;
Water floods up into the bottom of the trench which is filled with gravel. The water then enters the Perforated pipe which has holes pointing down into the gravel. As the water table rises in the trench, the water begins to flow throough the pipe and is carried away.

French Drain Along Side Basement Wall

Catch Basins are added to help collect the Surface water.

1st a trench is dug to the proper depth,
2nd a base of gravel is laid to allow water to flood up into the pipe.
3rd perforated pipe is install with holes pointing down into the gravel.
4th more gravel is added covering the enite pipe.
5th (optional) a soil seperater is used to cover the gravel.
6th backfill the trench and remove the excess soil.

The system will work well to remove water from low spots in the yard. There also need to be a downhill run to carry the water away once it is collected by the gravel and perforated pipe.

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See how and why a French Drain Works

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French Drain for Low Spot in Yard

French drain is used to collect water from low spots in the yard. The system is made up of Gravel and Perforated pipe.

The trench is usually about 2 feet deep with gravel, number #67 stone (which is 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch in diameter) lines the bottom of the trench . Then Perforated pipe with HOLES POINTING DOWN into the gravel is laid and finally the pipe is back filled with gravel.

The trench will help collect subsurface water from the low areas in your yard. To help collect the immeadiate surface water, a Catch Basin is added to the system. As water floods the low spot, the catch basin allows water to drop straight into the drain and is carried the water is carried away.

There must be some FALL (down hill run away from the area) for the system to work. It doesn’t take much fall, but the more the better..

Take a look at this video to see how to install and how the system works.

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