A French drain is a type of drainage system that is made of pipes. The upper part of this drainage system is covered with gravel. These are primarily used to prevent water from ruining foundations of houses and buildings. If you want to install a French drain on your gravel driveway, there are some steps you will want to follow.
Here are the steps that you can follow if you want to install a French drain in a gravel driveway:
- Materials you need. The materials that you need to install a French drain in a gravel driveway are PVC pipes, shovel, pick axe, dry line, glue for piping and some stakes. You will be able to find these items in your local hardware store. The number of pipes you will need depend on how long your trench is going to be.
- Choose a location. Determine where you will place the French drain. Do not choose a location that is very near your home since the drainage may damage the foundation underneath. Another thing to be careful of is where the water will be redirected when you install the French drain. You can redirect it away from your house but be sure that the water will not drain out to your neighbors’ property.
- Preparation. Use the stakes to determine the position of the French drain. Put a stake on each end. If the drainage system that you are going to install is longer than 50 feet, you have to put a stake every 50 feet. Use your shovel to dig up a trench where you will be placing the pipes. The depth and width of the trench should just be enough to accommodate the piping that you will install.
- Prepare PVC pipes. Use the pipe glue to connect together PVC pipes until the pipes are as long as your trench. When connecting, make sure that the drainage holes are aligned along the piping. Let the pipe glue dry.
- Finishing. When the glue on the pipes is already dry, you can place the PVC pipes on the trench that you dug out. Position the pipes in such a way that the holes are facing upwards. When there is water, the pipes will overflow because of these holes. Use some gravel on your driveway to cover up the pipes. Do not put too much gravel over the pipes. Use just enough to cover the entire length of the pipe so that it will not be visible.
These are the steps that you have to follow if you want to install a French drain in a gravel driveway. The steps are really simple to do and you can do this by yourself.
Before you start the installation of the French drain on your gravel driveway, check if there are any local ordinances that will prevent you from installing the drain. Different states and counties have different rules when installing something underground. You have to check with your local community if you can install a French drain.