We hired a local construction company to install a french drain and to
finish off our entire basement. Along one of the walls sits the hot water
heater. They plan on moving it but not until the start the actual
'finishing' of the basement. Anyway, they cut the concrete floor and
installed the drain around the hot water heater, coming out about three
feet. Should they have moved it then proceeded with the french drain. Our
basement does get wet so I'm a bit concerned. The contractor says its no
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I moved into an older home which has a French Drain around the Footor of
the house and is built at the top of a small hill.... It is 17 years old and
I am attempting to find where the French Drain Dumps too but without luck...
Any ideas where I should be looking in the yard.. Should french drains be
dumping out in the yard.. Should the end be visible?
These are now known as freedom drains and can easily be converted to hide
weapons of mass construction.
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The French drain could be going to daylight, a drywell, or storm
system- if it is old enough, it could even be going to sanitary.
It could be made of concrete tiles, vitreous tile, PVC,
orangeburg, or gravel only.
I cannot think of any way to diagnose an old system.
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Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
The Fench Drain is made of Black Plastic Perforated Pipe.... I can have
looked all around and no luck finding out where it terminates... Is there
any simple way to test? I have heard of Color Dyes to find the location of
the termination... Does this really work?
If you know where it is at any point, you can (tediously) track it by
sticking a screwdriver or other pointy item into the ground every so
often. The end will likely be at the point where you can no longer find
the pipe with your implement. (-;
They went around my furnace.
Absolute worst thing that can happen is that you have a trickle of
water flow from the wall to the drain.
It's not going to hurt anything since you won't have a finished floor
under the water heater.
No problem. The French drain is there to catch subgrade water
before it is on top of the floor. The assumption is that it is
coming in close to the walls - ain't necessarily so. Having the
gravel and pipe at the proper depth and headed to a sump is what
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
They should have moved the water heater first.
I'd also point out that if you have a basement that has had water
problems, I would not go directly from installing the french drain to
finishing it. I'd wait at least a year, go through a few good rainy
periods, etc to make sure the basement stays dry.
On May 13, 9:53 am, email@example.com wrote:
well they can pull heater then do that little section tying it into
the much larger job....
it sounded like the OP had plans to move heater to different location,
so this approach is reasonable.
oddly were in the middle of this now, were getting a new furnace with
air moving furnace a little.
have water issues, bottom of existing furnace rusted away.
so getting 12 feet where new furnace and other stuff will go, like new
hot water tank. later i will get the balance done.
with all my business stuff here theres really no other way, project
must be done in stages
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