Hire A Trenching Contractor To Make Installing A French Drain Easier
If your property has problems with standing water and soggy soil after it rains, you should consider installing a French drain to move water toward the street or an irrigation ditch. Moving water to a different location is even more important if the standing water is near the foundation of your house. Installing a French drain isn't complicated, but it's a lot of work unless you hire a trenching contractor to dig the trench for you. Here's a look at the process.
Mark Underground Utilities First
One of the first things you want to do is have utility lines marked. This is a requirement before you dig in your yard, but this also helps you plan the route of the trench. If the path you want collides with buried utilities, you'll have to find a different path since moving utility lines would make the project much more expensive. Allow a few days for the utility companies to come out and mark the lines, and then you can start planning the trench.
Plan The Path Of The Trench
Before you call the trenching contractor for a quote and to start the work, plan out the location of the trench. Since you may pay by the foot, the contractor will want to know exactly where the trench will be to give an accurate estimate of the cost. You'll want the drain to go from the soggy area to a safe place to dump the water. This might be at the curb in front of your house so the water goes down a storm drain, or you may want the water to drain to an irrigation ditch, dry well, or small retention pond. The distance to the dumping area and the terrain of your yard will come into play. Also, you'll have to consider your landscaping and the position of outbuildings. The trench should be straight since it will drain by gravity, so planning the trench is an important step.
Dig The Trench
Digging a trench goes much faster when a contractor brings the right equipment to the job. Plus, the contractor can create the trench just as you need it with the proper slope for water drainage. Digging a trench by hand is hard work and takes a long time if the trench is long or if the soil is hard or compacted. Hiring a trenching contractor is the best option and then you can install the drain once the trench is ready.
Finish The Drain
Once the trench is dug for you, then the rest of the work goes fast. Putting in the drain involves covering the soil with landscaping cloth and gravel and then inserting a slotted drain into the trench. Filling the trench back in with dirt is work too, but it is much easier than digging the dirt out. Once you fill the dirt in, you can plant grass on top of the drain and it will be hidden from view while it drains excess water away from your yard and home.