How Much Does French Drain Installation Cost in Central Florida?

Posted by Joe Mouad on Dec 15, 2022 9:15:00 AM

Hopefully you’re not paddling in a rowboat in your backyard as you read this, or fishing for sea bass from your deck.

But if you’re checking into the cost of French drain installation, you already know you have a water problem.

Maybe you’re tired of puddles that don’t evaporate. Or your grass stays saturated, long after the rain stops. Or water pools on your driveway, patios, or sidewalk after you receive rainfall. Or you need hip waders to venture into your basement.

So, how much will the French drain installation price cut into your take-out pizza budget? 

Here’s a look at French drain installation cost in Central Florida:

First, What Exactly is a French Drain?

A French drain has nothing to do with France. It’s pretty basic, really — a gravel-filled trench with a perforated pipe inside.

Cool fact: It’s named after a Massachusetts farmer, Henry French, who wrote about the technique in his 1859 book on farm drainage.

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French drains, typically installed next to your home’s foundation, use gravity to divert your yard’s excess water. Water flows into the trench, soaks down through the gravel and into the pipe, which diverts it away from your yard. The gravel also blocks the passage of excess debris.

French drains collect water over the entire length of the drain, which can span the length of your house, instead of in just one particular spot. 

Measuring a couple feet wide, 18 inches deep and several feet long, French drains can handle a lot of water. They’re great if you have backyard flooding, or water problems in your basement or with your foundation.

What’s the Cost of French Drain Installation? 

French drains are a lot of work to install, so much of the cost is for labor, and overhead for equipment costs.  

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The average French drain installation cost in Central Florida is between $3,500 and $5,500, although that cost can go higher, if there are complications. 

The size of the drain needed can affect the cost of French drain installation in a yard.

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Other factors affect the cost, too. Installation can damage lawn and landscaping, requiring repairs.

Digging through heavy clay or rocky soil can be a slow process, adding to the labor cost.

Don’t Ignore Drain Problems 

Yes, paying for French drain installation cost will put a dent in your wallet, but don’t put off this project.

Excess water can damage your home’s foundation, erode and crack sidewalks, driveways, and retaining walls.

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Landscapes that drain poorly can cause water damage problems inside the house, too. 

Too much water creates mold and mildew and causes cracks in interior walls and exterior surfaces. Damp conditions can even encourage mosquitoes and rodents to breed.

Need French Drain Installation in Central Florida? Trust Ground Source

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No matter what drainage problems lurk in your yard, we have a solution, from expert grading to collection boxes to French drains. 

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