C > We are considering buying a building apparently built over a spring
C > which is now causing problems.
C > Would a french drain eliminate the problem? We would like to keep the
C > structure where it is. any ideas?
Initially I would agree with the others: probably not worth the hassel
of a known problem; there'll be enough other little "surprises". If
the building is really-really worth working around the water problem
for you then yes, I'd look into re-directing the water flow.
One thing I noted when reading your message was the use of the word
"building". You didn't say "house", which sort of leads me to think
it's either something like an office or store or something equally
Also the solution depends on how much water you will be dealing with.
A constant trickle can probably be handled with a French drain like
you proposed. More water can be a major headache. I used to go to
school where next door was a factory. The factory was built over a
river and had a waterfall. The 'interesting' part is the river was
totally underground except under the factory. There wasn't any other
river in the area upstream. Downstream was a swamp where they
eventually built a shopping plaza. Remember some roller-coaster
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