I am going to install a french drain to alleviate some of the soggy muddy areas after rain.

First, my backyard slopes and graded to drain to the rear left of backyard. There is a small valley to carry the water which will stay soggy for days after rain. I live in the Midwest and after about 2ft or so of digging you start to hit clay.. so i understand a french drain should help. The problem is, my backyard is kiddy corner to a field, and behind me will eventually be another neighbor who's yard will back up to mine. So I can't just leave one end pouring water out. I also have a wood fence, so I want to make sure I don't pour water near the posts and have them rot.

I was looking into using a dry well, but some research shows its not good in clay areas..

What is a good option to probably end the drain? Should I cap off both ends?

I will be adding sod, still wondering if that will take away the soggy muddy area as i don't have any grass really currently to do that. I am thinking the grass will most likely die, or it will still be too soggy in that valley area.

I also plan on putting a 4ft swimming pool in the rear left so, i need to make sure drainage does not effect that.

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This is a new construction home. Coming up on a year old. The builder warranty manager said the grade is fine, and it is just we are in the rainy season, so its going to be like that and there isn't much they can do. He will look into it.

I feel they should be responsible, but maybe he is right and its just the time of year. Any input on this? Maybe I should wait it out.. but i want to get it dine before the new sod is laid, and pool installed.

  • Why is a drywell not good in clay? Especially if the drywell isn't fully covered (ex. just a rock pile) so water can evaporate, it should still function. The ultimate problem is that clay doesn't drain well, but unless you dig really deep, you won't avoid that at any level. – Hari Ganti Apr 5 '17 at 17:14
  • @Hari Ganti, I was thinking of using one of those dry well tubs surrounded by rock, with an overflow outlet.. but i wanted to cover it with grass to not make it so noticeable. – eaglei22 Apr 5 '17 at 17:16
  • Can you incorporate a partially-exposed drywell into future landscaping plans? I find there's always room for creativity. – Hari Ganti Apr 5 '17 at 17:17
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    Okay, thanks Hari. I will look into this solution more. – eaglei22 Apr 5 '17 at 17:30
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    @CarlWitthoft, "It's a poor workman who blames his tools" Never heard that one, but I like it. – eaglei22 Apr 6 '17 at 12:18

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