The best french drain system design to match your budget, expectations, and lifestyle

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Natasha Maerz

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There truly is no better feeling than coming home after a long, stressful day, pouring yourself your favorite drink, and going outside to enjoy your backyard. You look forward to the end of the work week BBQ’s and get togethers with friends and family. In the Fraser Valley, rain can quickly demolish our plans of having weekend spent outside. If your yard does not have a French Drain system, you could be waiting days or even weeks for your yard to dry up (depending on how much rainfall it sees) and be dry enough to use again. The good news is, a Best French Drain system can dry up your yard quickly and have you entertaining in no time.

If we haven’t met before allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Back 40 Landscaping and our expertise is in retaining walls, hardscaping and French Drains. We also like to bring education to those looking for retaining wall and drainage solutions.

Table of contents

  • Advanced French Drain design
  • Good, Better, and Best French Drain design
  • A Best French Drain design system

Why is a French Drain design layout so important?

  • Who can benefit from a Best French Drain design?
  • Cost of a Best French Drain design
  • Graphic layout of a Best French Drain design

Advanced French Drain design

This articles main focus is to educate you about French Drain design layouts, and the benefits of installing a system that meets all of your individual needs. If you are unfamiliar with French Drains, we recommend reading “What is a French Drain?” first, where you will find information on the purpose of French Drains, methods of how a French Drain is installed, and the materials that are used in a French Drain system installation.

Good, better, and best French Drain design

While the materials and methods used to instal a French Drain system will basically be the same for every homeowner wanting to put a system in, each yard will have its own challenges and needs. Not only will each yard be unique, every homeowner has different needs, wants, and expectations for why they are putting in a system, and how fast they want their system to get rid of their pooling yard water. This is where the French Drain design layout comes in.  The beauty of a French Drain system is that its design and layout can be created to match anyone’s needs, and cater to what they are wanting out of a system. This is why we have a Good, Better and Best system that will each meet the needs of your budget expectations and lifestyle.  

A Best French Drain design system

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Why is a French Drain design layout so important?

The purpose of putting in a French Drain is to dry out the surface water and subsurface water of a yard. To figure out the layout of the system that is going to be installed, we need to look at how wet the yard is, how much water the drain needs to get rid of, and how quickly the yard is going to be used after a rain event. Simply put, the more pipe that is placed in your yard, the more groundwater will be taken away, and the better the drainage system, and the faster you will be able to use your yard.


Who can benefit from a Best French Drain design?

A Best French drain design will dry your yard up within 12 hours after a rain event in most cases. This level of drainage may be perfect for you if you:

  • Use your yard more than one day per week
  • Entertain and have BBQs with friends and family
  • Want to be able to send your children outside to a dry yard that they can play in comfortably and safely
  • Have more than one pet and do not want to deal with cleaning up wet, muddy paw prints every time they go to the bathroom
  • Want their yard to be the yard the neighbourhood kids use because even after a rainfall your yard is dry!
  • Use your yard for suntanning, playing games, and gardening
  • Want to truly fix your water problems once and for all with a system that will never need to be upgraded (The Best French Drain design is more cost effective in the long term)
  • Love to entertain and want you yard to be the envy of your friends and family

Cost of a Best French Drain design

The cost of a Best French Drain differs from yard to yard. Each property is different and will require a different means of installation.  Factors that determine the price of a good French Drain system are:

  • The layout of the French Drain, since the more pipe that is placed will increase the length of the trench, and the amount of materials needed to install the French Drain system.
  • The layout of the backyard that the system is being installed in. In some cases, fences will need to be taken down, bushes and trees will need to removed etc.
  • Location and complexity of your specific site.

A typical cost of a Best French Drain system is $16,000-$22,000 as shown in the French Drain design drawing below

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When choosing a French Drain system, it is imperative to keep in mind that while the size of your yard is a factor in what your French Drain design will look like, what matters more is how fast you want your yard to be dry.

If you think that the Best French Drain design layout will work for you and your needs, click here to get a quote!