Do I need french drains?
I would appreciate any advice.Our new home is being built on a lot is at the base of a hill and has clay soil. Our neighbors had problems with standing water in their yard and had to install French Drains. I had discussed this potential problem with my builder and he assured me that they would take care of it by trucking in soil to raise the level and by grading the soil so the water would run off. Well, I think I am going to have a drainage problem, because even after they have truced in some soil, the land stays soggy after it rains for several days. I am wondering if I need french drains or something similar. If so, I would like to put it in before the yard is sodded. How can I know if I need them, other than relying on my gut? If I put them in, how can I be sure I have put enough drains to fix the drainage problem? Thanks, Paul