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Hire A Trenching Service To Get Your Yard Ready For A French Drain You Install Yourself

by Dawn Henry

If your lawn has drainage problems, you may experience standing water every time it rains. This is frustrating due to the mess, and it wastes part of your yard since you can't use it for anything when it floods often. Poor drainage can have other bad effects too, such as causing a wet basement or ruining your lawn. One possible solution to the problem is to install a French drain. This is simple to put in once a trench is dug. Digging up the soil is the hardest part, and the easiest way to tackle it is to hire a trenching contractor. Here's how to prepare for installing a French drain in your yard.

Mark Utilities And Get A Permit

A trenching service probably won't dig in your yard until the utilities are marked. The risk is too great that they might rupture an underground line. Your utility services will come out and mark the location of their lines, but you should also consider if there are any buried lines that you've added yourself, such as a gas line to a BBQ or an electrical cable to a shed. If the trench is near your property line or easement, you may also want a survey done to make sure you won't place the trench where it shouldn't be. Your city may also require a permit for the work, so call first so you avoid being fined for digging a trench without authorization.

Determine The Location of The Trench

A French drain should be placed in the area that floods and should lead to an area where the water can drain, such as the street, a pond, or a dry well. You may need to consult with a professional to determine the right placement, depth, and width for the trench. Once you've decided where to place the trench, mark the location with flags so the trenching service can follow the line. 

Get Your Property Ready

Trenchers come in different sizes, and the company will probably send a small one to your residential lot to dig a French drain trench. Still, you need to create room for the machinery. You may have to pull up some landscaping and arrange outdoor decor so the trencher can reach the spot you have marked. Having all this work done in advance saves everyone time and ensures there will be no access complications at the last minute.

Install The French Drain

The trenching service digs a long trench according to your specifications regarding location, width, depth, and slope. Once that's done, you can complete the installation of the drain by yourself. All that's required is to put down landscaping fabric and gravel, and then place the slotted drain in the trench. Backfilling the trench is much easier than filling it. Shovel the soil back into the trench and tamp it down. Then, replace the sod or grow grass seeds and the drain will be hidden from view while it works to prevent standing water in your yard.