French drains are an optimal solution to a yard or home that has water problems. In essence, a French drain is just a hidden trench that is used to ferry away extra moisture that is not properly absorbed. Interior French drains are used solve frequently flooding basements in conjunction with a sump pump. However, exterior French drains are not only used to ferry water from your foundation, but to solve puddling on your lawn as well.
Like with any home project, particularly a potentially invasive one like installing an exterior French drain, you will want to be very familiar with the costs. While the only way to know a specific price for your unique yard and its drainage needs is to have a consultation, there are some broad numbers to keep in mind.
The good news is that installing an exterior French drain for your lawn is much cheaper than installing a interior French drain. Exterior models are only installed a few feet in the ground and are thus less labor intensive. This means that you are looking at around $10 per linear foot and normal installations costing between $1,000 to $1,500 to solve most puddling lawn issues.
When choosing a French drain contractor, you will highly want to consider a landscaping company rather than just a standard plumbing contractor. They will specifically prioritize drainage for your lawn and are more likely to be as gentle as possible on your lawn and landscaping as they dig. If you hire just a plumbing company, they will likely just put the dirt back, leaving you with the extra expense of handling the lawn.
Do you have puddling problems on your lawn? You have a drainage problem that needs to be handled. If you want to explore your French drain options, contact us today to see what Accurate Lawn Leveling can do to help.