My backyard is relatively flat and I like that but we get a lot of water running toward our house after heavy rains and filling up the window wells and making a swamp in the backyard. Some landscapers have suggested regrading and putting a swale there with a french drain running down the middle but I would hate to lose the flatness and the distance from the back of the house to the fence isn't that big.
The run would be something close to 100 feet to cover the whole back of the house and I'm wondering if we can still have the french drain but without adding the swale. Keep the flat yard but let the drain slowly drop over that distance. Or is that not practical?
There is a storm sewer in the front of the house which is the east side. The west side gets water pushing up against that side of the house and it comes from the rest of the subdivision which sits slightly higher. I'm at the end. The north side has adequate slope toward the storm sewer. So they want to put a swale in the middle of the yard on the west side sloping toward the north side.