French drain – professional design

French drain – professional design

A French drain is essentially a trench which is designed and constructed with free draining granular material. French drains have often not been designed or constructed correctly in the past, which has resulted in the UK having a considerable legacy of flooding claims. The Association of British Insurers claim records show that a failure in such localised soakaway measures, such as French drains – is the most common flooding related claim in the UK! The following equation provides a useful starting point for french drain design...

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Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

A soakaway is a bespoke designed system to discharge water into the ground. Practically every new development from the smallest house extension to multimillion pound developments now have soakaway systems in the UK. In the past, especially on small developments, not much thought was given to the design of soakaways. It is perhaps because getting water into the ground appears like a natural process and therefore "should be easy". However, a building or road development – often located in an urban...

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