Step 3: Cover, Soil, Seed.

Almost done! 

Now, you've gotten your stones down to the end. You've filled in your small stone well. You're ready to cover the stones with the remainder of your landscaping cloth and can put the topsoil down. 

Topsoil? How will the water get to our drain? Because topsoil will allow the water to percolate down to your drain much better than the previous soil that was there. Also, by putting down topsoil, we can plant grass. Plants are excellent at keeping the soil aggregates from agglomerating. (Alternatively, if you want to go hog wild here,  you can put in a gravel walk way which will be an added boon to your drain and will hide all this work. If that's your plan, stay tuned, I will be posting of of those really soon.) If not, continue: 

Cover your drain with topsoil and seed the heck out of it. 

Water your new grass every day or so, depending on the weather. Once the grass starts coming in, your drain will perform even better. Check my before and after pictures. It's a fun project and it requires a bit of strength and thought. 

Thanks for checking it out. Good luck on your project ! 

<p>I am currently putting in a french drain in my basement to solve the issue of water coming in 2 and 3 courses up the block wall. I have almost completed digging all of the trench system. In one area, the sewer line crosses the trench and related to maintaining the slope, there is no way over or around this pipe. My thought is to terminate the pipe and restart the pipe on each side of the pipe. Just curious if anyone knows of the proper way to do this? Do I just fill around that area with gravel and assume that if the water level climbs high enough, it will flow into the drainage side of the terminated pipe? Do I have to worry about erosion that may happen under the concrete floor? As this may assist, I am using drainage PVC pipe and not the flexible drainage pipe. I also plan to wrap the loose gravel and the drainage pipe in landscape cloth. Any assistance would be appreciated! </p>
This is one where you may just want to bite the bullet and have a couple contractors come out and give you some onsite advice. Without being able to physically see the issue, it is very difficult to provide you a good answer. <br><br>Also, if you have water coming into your basement, you may want to look at some exterior solutions such as sloping your land away from the foundation, fixing your gutters which may be blocked, and applying block bond material to the areas where you're seeing ingress of water.
<p>Thanks for responding... I am going to seek advice on this as noted.</p>
<p>good luck! </p>
Thanks, I sharing this. I had a similar problem but it was two fold. I had to manage new trench for storm water and a French drain across a stretch of that pipe. Hard to picture but I used an unperforated flexible pipe(Novo coil) for the storm water section, and where the French drain was, I punched dozens of holes and wrapped that section as you described. That French drain portion now catches water from our unsealed driveway and feeds it into the new storm water.
<p>after the writing of this instructable, we had the property manager of the place next door help to tie into our drain line. We pulled the downspouts of the neighbor's roof into the existing drain and helped move the water out into the drain near the street. </p>
Enjoyed your sense of humor in your instructions. Nice work!
thank you! It was a fun project.
This is an excellent project and can save an otherwise useless yard.<br>when i did it, i had a shed in the way of the view so we used a laser surveyors transit. we shot a line from each end of the drain to the back wall, drove in a nail where the dot landed. Between the nails there was a 4in drop. in the trench, i laid the black perforated plastic drainpipe covered with landscape cloth. it's lasted for years.
having that transit is an awesome bonus. I'm glad your project worked so well. We were a bit skeptical when we started, but the results have been very acceptable from our end. No unwanted backyard lakes!
I have a lot of odd tools and heavier duty tools. I keep them at the Home Depot Rental place near me!
LOL. that's a good spot for them. I hope your yard is doing well now!
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thank you
Just though of another point. It's already mentioned in the text, but it really needs to be in BIG GLOWING NEON RED letters - call before you dig!<br><br>There are areas where the lines are supposed to go but on our front lawn, when the guy tried to scan it, it looked like the installers had a very long cable and didn't want to cut it and add new ends. They just tossed the extra cable out of their way. There were loops of cable all over(under!) the lawn.They finally gave up, cut it and put in a new line.
Is that a rain barrel in the first photo by the shed?<br><br>p.s. I agree with your use of the french drain in your situation, and I am grateful for your post because my backyard is essentially in the same situation as yours.
The information provided here regarding the installation of french drain seems to be very useful for us.&nbsp; This will really help in saving rain water as well as soil. Thanks a lot for this wonderful presentation.<br> <br> <a href="http://southendplumbing.wordjack.com/">Clogged drain</a>
that rain barrel is from my other instructable. Easy to assemble. I'm a big fan of capturing the water I need and then handling the water I don't. Make sure you have a helper. It's a big job. You might be able to mitigate the problem by simply improving the soil, but that didn't work for me. I've got clay so I needed this solution. Good luck don't_unplug_me.
I also live in an area with clay soil so this is a really good solution for me!
good luck! i hope it's successful. Take before and after pictures so you can gauge how well your solution works.
&quot;A cast iron constitution&quot;. That is funny. True, but funny.
:D it's funny because it's true.
By adding at least a 4&quot; perforated pipe would help any french drain system. <br><br>One I installed for a larger area that always flooded I installed 3 pipes that gave it much more capacity. Plus was able to dedicate 2 lines for the gutter &amp; downpipes with multiple surface boxes also made cleaning out lines if needed.
Thank you for posting.
thank you for reading!
Wonderful! I was wondering what you were going to do to to cover the entrance to the drain my idea was to make a small Japanese zen garden over it and soil the rest. What you did was really cool!
you can do a lot of different things for the entrance. Mine is actually topsoil and grass with a gravel pile under it. It just looks like grass, but the water runs through it.
Nice work, I might do this as I have a similar problem.
Thanks! wilgubeast is right that you can get some helpful equipment from the big box places. Good luck!
That looks great. Love the pictures at various points in the life of the drain. <br /><br />Some big box hardware stores sell pipe pre-drilled with drainage holes for a quick French drain, but you'll still need to do the digging, lay the gravel, and everything else you've done here. I prefer this old school method, and the results are awesome. No more mud pit. <br />
agreed. We just wanted a way to move that water. I may put my tomatoes where the mudhole used to be next year.
you had a problem...you sorted it, nice one pal,
nice job, featured!

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