underground artisians/ french drain

I live at the bottom of a hill in the foothills. there are underground artisians and I have dug several trenches with 4" pipe draining the water constantly. The ground is saturated about 10 months out of the year in a 20 to 30' area. I have dug a trench about 3' deep and bought a sump pump to drain the water out faster. I want to dry the ground as fast as I can and next will be a french drain install. I've been dealing with this problem for years. I need expert help?? HELP?
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Those are springs, groundwater coming to the surface. The more you improve the drainage, the more and faster they will fill. Consult a subsurface engineering firm in your area.
    Una
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On 11/7/2010 11:44 AM mountainhouse spake thus:

Sorry, can't help you except to say that you might have more luck searching for answers if you spell it correctly: "artesians" (I assume you mean artesian wells, no?).
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On 11/7/2010 5:13 PM, David Nebenzahl wrote:

Unless the elves have a studio in the cave halfway up the hill.....
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On 11/7/2010 11:44 AM mountainhouse spake thus:

That last sentence of yours says it all. You do need expert help.
Which means forget about getting any here. You need to find a qualified, competent engineer with expertise in things hydrogeologic.
I have a client with a similar problem--saturated ground and water below her house in the hills--who has finally found someone with such skills.
If it were me I'd get at least two, better yet three evaluations from different companies. Make sure they know what the hell they're talking about, as this kind of work tends to be pretty expen$ive.
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On 11/7/2010 2:44 PM, mountainhouse wrote:

Move the house further up the hill. Dig a pond. Unless you have someplace lower for the water to go, you are SOL. Is there a drainage ditch by the road that mimics the course of the original creek that was probably there? If you have hills, the spaces between the hills have flowing water, unless you have no rain.
Yes, you need expert help. A civil/soil engineer familiar with the local watershed would be a good place to start. A big 'V' of french drains upstream from the house, diverting the water around the house, is probably about the best you can hope for. Bottomland may be good for growing crops, but it is a lousy place to build. Whoever builds the roads in your neighborhood would be a good place to start asking, since they doubtless face similar issues.
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On Nov 7, 11:44am, new2castle_at_yahoo_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (mountainhouse) wrote:

Why? What is the objective here? If you'e been dealing with this for years.... why the concern now?
Depending on the site, dewatering can be an expensive proposition; initially and ongoing.
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On 11/7/2010 2:44 PM, mountainhouse wrote:

Get into the spring water business.
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