10:25PM | 09/22/13
I have a concern that my newly installed french drain will get damaged by winter thaw and freeze cycles. My house downspouts are connected to a French drain and I've got concerns that the snow/ice in the gutters will cause problems in the French drain during winter. I live in SE Michigan. Do I need to be concerned?


02:04PM | 06/06/16
We have a GT system that uses a french drain. This drain is installed on a side hill and in mid
winter it seems to freeze up and the water climbs to the surface and freezes. We tried to add extra straw this last winter over it to help retard the freeze effect. It did cut back on
the water coming to the surface. BUT... now its June in Minnesota where we are and we
still are having water come to the surface. We are concerned that something has plugged
up down in that drain so the water has to come to the top. The drain is about 6 feet deep, filled with rock, covered with fabric and then topped with dirt.

Your thoughts on this?


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