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Hi folks, I have a couple of patches the concern me around the corner net of the house so whilst get work done at the weekend we dug a trench the length of the house front wall. Most is dry and well draining however one corner is not.
Going by the pics should I just go gravel and a membrane or should I add a perforated pipe as well?
The tench base is approx 450mm from finished top level which will be gravel. It’s not as deep as I would like but we kept hitting the gas and electricity supply so can’t go deeper! Any feedback appreciated, the worst dampness is where the pebble dash render has detached from the porch as I assum moisture is tracking up.


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As you have done the hard work, I’d be inclined to add perforated pipe & try & tie this into the rainwater connection if this is feasible. You want to get rid of the water once you have captured it.


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Thanks yes I think that’s the route I am thinking!

I see the Falkirk wheel in you avatar just wondered if you are local if you knew of any cheap gravel / aggregate suppliers is Falkirk / Stirling?

The area you see in the main pic I plan to gravel and the drive so needing about 20 ton.


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strath44, do you still want advice?


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Please yes any general advice would be good it looks like I’m going perforated pipe inside the trench lined with some sort of geotextile!
Any recommendations on which geotextile and stone type / size would be appreciated.
I think I with probably use twin wall with an adapter into the gutter soil pipe exit!


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rain water down pipes should go into trapped gulleys that way the drain can be rodded or jetted.
you should also know where the water is draining to.
if there's a manhole nearby then observe if down pipe water is entering it. run a test one down pipe at a time.
if no water then presume the water is going to sump somewhere.

you say there's damp issues at a particular corner and at a rendered porch but you dont show these areas in your pics?

are the floors solid?
how far below the FFL's is the external ground level?


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Thanks that’s good advice on the gulleys. Believe it or not the drains run through the ground out a retaining wall into a verge where it generally floods the ground - a soakaway is being built imminently.

What’s the best way for building French drains - is lining the trench better that a sock over perforated pipe?


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