I need advice on a French drain I am building on my property. I have 2 low spots behind the house near my deck that become water puddles when it rains. I am planning to build a 60ft French drain with a catch basin starting at the low spot by my deck all the way to the start of my driveway next to my house. I have two concerns about this design and I wanted some expert opinion:
The French drain will have to be really close to the side of my house (~ 3ft) for a 15ft stretch until I can daylight it. Should I be concerned about water seeping through the French drain and into the soil next to my foundation? The French drain will be on a gravel bed and I am concerned that under low precipitation water would just seep through the gravel into the soil.
My second concern is about the discharge location. We live in an area where it drops below freezing for most of the winter. Would this discharge become ice on my driveway? If so, how can I avoid it? Unfortunately I can’t go any further away from my driveway as I only have 2 feet between my driveway and my neighbours' yard.
Advice and suggestions are appreciated!!