Friday, March 4, 2011

Waterproofing and French Drains

Due to winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts even higher, Tom has decided to do some waterproofing instead of finishing the roof.  We've also had to get ready for the power to be brought down to the containers, so Tom has waterproofed the back side with some foundation waterproofing compound, laid the french drain and began the berm process.  Our soil is clay based and very acidic at times, so Tom ordered the product most suited for our area from the local hardware store. If you are thinking about doing a similar project, I suggest going into the building supply or hardware store near you and speaking with them concerning the type of product you will need.  There are many different types of  products available, some clear spray on types and others are thicker and paint on like tar.  We chose a thicker product due to the acidity of the soil and Tom needed two coats before he was satisfied with the results.

Waterproofing the containers.


Tom applying the first coating.

French Drain

A French drain (also known as rubble, blind, rock or tile drain) is a trench covered with gravel or rock used to keep ground water away from an area. A pipe perforated on the bottom allows water to seep up into it which will then drain off in another area.

French Drain

As you can see, we are covering the pipe with a cheese cloth-like product which allows water in and keeps dirt and such out of the pipe preventing clogging. This is an important step if you elect to use a french drain.

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