My backyard is the lowest point on the hill, and as a result all the water runs right to it, leaving it wet to the point of being unusable six months out of the year. Will running four or five lines of french drains through the yard to a sump hole alleviate the problem? The only alternative is building up the yard about 18″ but that’s about $4000 worth of work.
If the water is not draining by itself, then the ground is already saturated to the point that a sump hole could not increase the seepage. And be careful who you ask for solutions, since your conditions qualify your propery as a “wet land”. Owner’s of wetland property have been harassed to the tune of millions of dollars when they tried to drain and improve the wet area.