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      John Michel

      We have a water problem between the back of our house and a retaining wall (approx. 25 of level back yard). This area is constantly wet in the fall, winter and spring. We have 4 downspouts emptying into this area. We want to tie in the 4 downspouts to a french drain to carry this water to the side yard and on out to the street. I dont know how wide to make the ditch, how large a pipe to carry the water. Will a 4 be enough, or do I need 6 pipe. Should there be a separate solid pipe to carry just the downspouts as well as the perf pipe for the underground water? When we built the house, there was a spring in the area of the house. I think the water is re-surfacing in the backyard. A french drain is necessary, I just dont know how big. Any suggestions you can give me will be appreciated. I am in the Little Rock, Arkansas area and would appreciate a recommendation on someone to do this work, if possible.Thanks. Janet

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      Janet Akins

      : we would like instruction on to install a french drain in our yard to carry the water away from the house. We would appreciate step by step instruction thanks Pam

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      Janet Akins

      : we would like instruction on to install a french drain in our yard to carry the water away from the house. We would appreciate step by step instruction thanks Pam

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      Janet Akins

      Depending on your average rainfall and affected square footage of the area you are draining along with your local plumbing code book, you could measure and calculate for at least eight hours. This times your hourly rate at work is probably less than the difference in price between 6 and 4 inch pipe. Plus as time goes by a little bit of sediment is bound to build up, so bigger is better. If you only want to do it once that is.

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      Janet Akins

      Depending on your average rainfall and affected square footage of the area you are draining along with your local plumbing code book, you could measure and calculate for at least eight hours. This times your hourly rate at work is probably less than the difference in price between 6 and 4 inch pipe. Plus as time goes by a little bit of sediment is bound to build up, so bigger is better. If you only want to do it once that is.

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