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French drains!

On 31 Mar 2014 at 7:12pm David Pavitt wrote:
Can anyone recommend someone expert and reasonable in putting in a French drain! Water came in during the recent downpours. We're dry now and waiting insurance repairs. The drain is an improvement so we have to fork out! We're better off by far than those in Thames valley!
On 31 Mar 2014 at 7:27pm Monty Don is Sexy wrote:
A french plumber? Was the begonia is a French drain?
On 31 Mar 2014 at 8:26pm Bumpkin wrote:
Drainage in an interesting way...

Check it out here »
On 1 Apr 2014 at 8:50am Local ground worker wrote:
Would be happy to take look and give advice have installed many French drains do u have an email address I can contact you on?
On 1 Apr 2014 at 5:20pm Extra wrote:
Try Beeneys. The have been drainage contractors for many years.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 9:34pm edtheplumber wrote:
Sorry to hear about your flood. The water table was VERY high after the end of year rains that water was coming OUT of some drains; so it may not be your soakaway. I do't know where your based, but few soakaway's or French drains could cope in January.

(So you may be wasting money designing a soakaway system if it was below the local water table; in this case you should be looking at a emergency sump pump system)

Anyway, I generally forward these jobs to a Lewes based Landscape Gardener (I think both that I use, are in Viva Lewes). Because the job is quite labour intensive they are better at estimating cost. And Smart enough to research what materials should be used.
French drain or soakaway; I would not start the perforated pipe until 5 meters from the property, but that should mean any property. As you must not drain your rainwater onto your neighbors property (except on Keere Street, where it is impossible to avoid.)
Hope this helps.
On 2 Apr 2014 at 10:07am David Pavitt wrote:
Thanks for the responses! And the Sympathy!
On 2 Apr 2014 at 11:09am Rose Water wrote:
Is that why the drains are so fragrant in France then ?

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