Use a French Drain for Pooling Water Problems
Pooling water near a property may not appear to be a big issue, but it can cause foundation problems if it's not addressed. Fortunately, there's a low-tech solution for buyers and sellers alike: a French drain. Originally invented by farmer Henry French in 1859, this system removes water that can damage homes, seep into basements and attract mosquitoes. DIYers can install a French drain in a weekend, following these tips: Check for underground utilities or power lines before beginning. Ensure the trench slope is at least 1%. This will be equal to a 1-inch slope for every 8-10 feet of pipe. After the drainpipe is in place, cover it with rock and/or drainage fabric. Lastly, fill the remaining space with a blend of porous soil and sand.