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$3,387
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$1,838 - $5,051
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$800
High End
$8,300

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Installing drainage runs most homeowners between $1,838 and $5,051 with an average cost of $3,387. Small, simpler solutions could be as low as $800 and more complicated projects could get as expensive as $8,000. French drains, for example, average $20 to $30 per linear foot or between $1,000 and $1,500 in exterior applications and $45 to $60 per linear foot or $5,000 to $6,000 for internal ones.
These systems can benefit your home in a variety of ways. Water damage is among the biggest issues your home could experience, leading to flooding, mold and mildew issues, and even foundation problems. Proper drainage can help you prevent that from happening.
Homeowners look into these systems for one of two reasons. Some simply want to be sure that damage never becomes an issue. But most react to past damage, seeking ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.

Average Drainage System Prices

Total Material Costs
Interior Basement Floor French$2,000-$3,000
Exterior Backyard French$200-$700
Yard Pipe System$50-$200
Trench / Channel$100-$300
Catch Basin or Storm$50-$100
Downspouts & Gutter$4-$100 each
Window Wells$800-$2,800
Simply understanding that you need proper drainage is not enough. Now, depending on the type of water problems you have or anticipate, it's time to pick a solution that matches your needs. Several common types of solutions exist:

French Systems - $200-$3,000

Depending on which system you get, you could pay as little as $200-$700 for this style and as much as $2,000-$3,000. This style takes advantage of gravity. It consists of a ditch filled with gravel and a perforated pipe, which guides water away from the area susceptible to damage. French styles make the most sense in one of two areas of your home:
  1. Around your home's perimeter.
  2. Underneath your basement floor.
In both cases, it helps collect excess moisture and guides it away from your foundation in order to prevent damage. More on the different types of interior and exterior solutions below.

Yard Drainage Pipes - $50-$200

This solution involves yard inlets, which are like small catch basins with grates on top. The inlets are connected to pipes and distributed elsewhere by way of emitters, which release the flow onto the surface elsewhere in your yard.
Each inlet falls within the $4 to $10 range. Piping is $25 to $100 and more, and emitters are $15 to $20. You may also choose to direct the flow into a dry well or the municipal system.
Especially if your property is relatively flat, be mindful of standing water in your yard after rain falls. Your water table will rise, leading to increased risk of moisture damage to your home. In that case, a network of pipes that distribute moisture equally throughout your property can help solve your issue.

Trench or Channel - $100-$300

This type acts to quickly remove retained puddles from large surfaces. They are ideal for driveways or other paved expanses. The design involves a trough or channel structure with a flush grate surface, placed in a trench.
The price of the trough or channel will depend on length and material. A steel driveway trench, for example, could be $100 where a concrete one could be $300.

Catch Basin or Storm Drain - $50-$100

This collects water when it builds up during a storm and diverts it to the municipal sewer system. For residential applications, these basins do not exceed 2’ x 2’. Options include pre-cast concrete, cast-in-place concrete, polymer or plastic. They filter water that pours into them by way of a grate and a sump to keep out as many pollutants as possible. They are best for areas where wetness would otherwise pool during a storm, to protect landscapes and gardens.
The variance in price often correlates directly with size: a 10” x 10” plastic catch basin is closer to $50 and a 12” x 12” basin with a galvanized steel grate will be $60-$100, for an average range of $50-$100. Basins of 22’ x 22’ range higher, around $300-$400. If you don’t already have yard piping to direct the flow into the sewer, factor in the addition of piping materials.

Downspout & Gutter Drainage - $4-$100 each

Sometimes, an issue as simple as improper gutter drainage causes water problems. Make sure that your downspouts lead far enough away from your property to avoid risking damage to your foundation. If they don’t, here are a few options:
  • Add downspout extensions, which can reach up to 25 feet and are $10 to $50 each.
  • Connect the downspout to an underground system. If you already have one to tap into, it should only be about $20 to $50 for each underground extension. Each spout could be up to $100 if you choose a material like copper. Add to that if you have to get an underground pipe network put in your yard.

Window Wells - $800-$2,800

Also known as and associated with egress windows, these do more than let in light and provide and escape. They should also work to direct moisture away from the foundation. The gravel base in the well collects moisture on its own and directs it away. If this is not efficient enough and your well forms puddles, you can add in a pipe which carries the flow to the perimeter units.
Regular wells could be $800 to $1,800, where higher-end options could range up to $2,800. For existing window wells that are retaining puddles, consult with a professional about getting a pipe.
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French Drain Costs by Type

Interior Basement Floor - $2,000-$3,000

More materials are needed for interior basement systems than for many other types of drainage, and that puts the total price between $2,000 and $3,000 for piping, gravel, a sump pump and concrete. Interior options are more expensive and more labor-intensive if you put them in post-construction. Contractors will have to do some careful demolition within the basement, and then they will need to patch over that demolition.
However, if you have leaks or issues with dampness in that space and you’re at risk of damage, this is your best option. The pipe will run along the interior perimeter of your basement floor. It collects moisture and sends it into a tank, which then dispels it by way of a sump pump and removes it from the foundation.
Material expenses for this project will be greater because you will need enough pipe ($50 to $200) and gravel ($500 to $1,000) to line the entire perimeter, you’ll need a sump pump ($200) if you don’t already have one and you’ll need concrete to cover much of the excavated area.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Don't think of moisture as only coming from above. Depending on the water table in your property, groundwater can be just as dangerous. Hydrostatic pressure can cause your basement walls to leak, even during dry days and weeks. In that case, the solution is typically to put an interior alternative in the basement, in combination with a sump pump to guide the flow back outside.

Exterior Backyard – $200-$700

Exterior options tend to require less material than interior ones, and they average $200 to $700. If you put a French style system on the exterior of your home, it will keep excess moisture from getting into the foundation in the first place. This style involves laying perforated pipe into a trench in the ground and surrounding it with gravel. The structure should send moisture away from the home. Exterior options should be as deep as a foot, but they can get as deep as 6 feet for basements.
The material expenses involve piping ($25-$100) and gravel ($100-$400). You may see greater expenses if you try to do this yourself and rent trenching equipment at a daily rate of $100-$200, or $100 for a trencher and $200 for a backhoe.

Perimeter/ Footing or Weeping Tile Systems - $10,0000+

Perimeter styles are very expensive, often costing over $10,000 due to the amount of digging and gravel required. Most building codes require these with every home build. They run along the perimeter of the home at the level of the footings. They are also known as footing or weeping tile systems. If you have a basement or crawl space, your home should already have a perimeter system. It involves perforated piping and gravel around your entire foundation. This feature moves moisture away from the foundation.
If you need to put these in post-construction or you think your existing one is clogged, you will need to consult with and hire a professional.

Curtain - $100-$500

The material expense for this type is similar to exterior French types, at $100 to $500, and will fluctuate based on the amount of gravel you need for the depth of the curtain. This style is essentially a shallow version of the French style. It is usually 2 feet in the ground and lain horizontally, with perforations to collect and redirect surface water before it can flow into the affected area. These are good for situations where surface wetness is the primary issue.
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Installation Cost Estimates Per Linear Foot

Installation Cost for Drains (Including Materials)
TypeCost Per Linear Foot
Exterior French$20-$30
Interior French$45-$60
Trench / Channel$30-$150
Underground Downspouts$9
Yard Inlets$8-$10
Catch Basin/Storm$8-$30

Installing Drain Tiles with a Sump Pump

The total price of installing drain tiles and getting a sump pump, including the cost of digging the perimeter trench, typically comes to $8,000 to $15,000. If you already have a sump pump, you could save on your total, as the cost to install a sump pump averages a little over $1,000. Drain tile is the perforated pipe that collects wetness and sends it toward the sump pump, in basement solutions.

Driveway Drainage with a Trench/ Channel

When you have issues with puddling and retention in your driveway, your best option will most likely be trench or channel styles.
Professional work will be around $30 to $150 per linear foot, with an average of $70 per linear foot. The high price has to do with such factors as demolition and proper leveling.

Foundations & Crawl Spaces

There are several options if your crawl space is damp or wetness is compromising your foundation. The cost of crawl space solutions including a French style or absorb and redistribute moisture ranges from $700 to $2,600.
If you can’t count on gravity to take the flow away, you may need a sump pump. For other types of foundations, you’ll likely need an exterior French solution, to extend your downspouts or to use inlets and piping in the yard.

Digging Underground Downspouts

When performed by a professional, connecting your downspouts to an underground system will be around $9 per linear foot. When your downspouts aren’t enough to keep rain from oversaturating the perimeter of your home, you’ll need to consider connecting them to an underground pipe network. If you don’t already have an underground network to tap into, you’ll need one for this solution. You extend it using a downspout adapter and PVC elbow. You can direct the flow to other parts of the property or into a dry well.

Garden & Landscape

You have several options for redirecting excessive moisture away from your garden or parts of your landscape. Inlets connected to pipes that slope away from the spot may be perfect, or you may need a French style. Both will require some excavation and planning.
Expect to pay more for the exterior French style than the yard inlet solution. Consider, also, that landscape repair will be necessary after construction. Landscaping can cost as little as $350, and as much as $10,000.

Catch Basin/Storm Drain Installation

Expect to pay anywhere from $8 to $30 per linear foot. Work for catch basins is similar to putting in inlets and associated pipes, the basins are just larger. If you choose a plastic basin, your price will be significantly lower than a concrete cast-in-place or pre-cast option.
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FAQs and Other Considerations

Whether you are looking to put in your own or want to work with professionals, a number of considerations will help you solve your water damage problem reliably. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about this type of home improvement project.

How Long Does It Take?

The exact answer depends on the complexity of your project. A simple French style that leads away from your foundation, or a new downspout that keeps the flow from your roof away from your home, can be done within a few hours on a single afternoon.
On the other hand, a more complex option, especially if it involves a sump pump and/or work directly on your foundation, will take longer. In that case, expect your contractor to work on it for a few days, up to a week.

When is the Best Time to Install New Drainage?

While you can do this work during most seasons, you should try to schedule your project for a relatively warm and dry day. Especially if you or your contractor plans to work on the foundation itself, you will expose it during the project, and could risk serious flooding if the weather turns.
You don't always have the choice of season and weather, of course. If your basement experiences acute moisture damage, you need a solution sooner rather than later. But if you are doing this proactively , try to plan it for warm and relatively dry days.

How Do I Know I Need Better Drainage?

Some of the signs are obvious: if your basement floods, especially if it's not an isolated incident, you probably need to start thinking about solving the problem. Other signs, though, can be just as instructive:
  • Overflowing gutters during rain. The solution could be as simple as cleaning them. But it could also be a symptom of gutters that are too small or improperly pitched.
  • Puddles near your foundation. A variety of causes could lead to this phenomenon. Your soil could be improperly (or not at all) pitched away from your home, your downspouts may not point far enough away, or you need a French type. Either way, you should look into better options.
  • Basement water stains. Don't wait for the actual flooding. If stains begin to appear on your basement walls and floor, and they won't go away, improper drainage could be the cause.
  • Persistent yard puddles. If, after a heavy rain, puddles begin to form on your property, don't be alarmed. But if they don't go away an hour or two after the rain stops, you probably need better yard solutions.

Can You Install Your Own Drainage System?

Depending on the complexity of the project, doing this yourself costs between $100 and $500. A sump pump adds another $130 to $500 to your project. Your budget will consist of materials like PVC pipe, a catch basin or a channel and other possible necessities like gravel and landscape fabric. If you need to rent a trencher or backhoe, you’ll need to factor $100-$200 per day into your expenses.
In most cases, you will want to work with professionals to solve these problems—especially if the project calls for skilled demolition or deep excavation. A variety of underlying causes could be the driving force behind the symptoms you see and finding these causes in order to implement the right solution is paramount. That said, you can try to do this yourself if you think you have detected the issue and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to fix it.
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Working with a Professional

Professional landscaping labor could cost as little as $800 or as much as $8,000, but you’ll be guaranteeing yourself a quality job and solving your retention issues—sparing yourself the expense of repairing damage year after year. You’ll also spare yourself the hazard of trying to do this kind of intensive labor on your own.

Can I Combine This Project with Others?

The short answer is yes. Especially if you or your contractor is about to work on your foundation, consider other measures to protect your home. For example, treating your foundation with waterproofing paint can help prevent the inevitable moisture from seeping in even after your new system is in place.

What Question Should I Ask My Contractor?

Naturally, you want to find a professional that can get the job done and install new systems reliably and protect your home from damage for a long time to come. To help ensure that will be the case, here are 5 questions you should ask your contractor:
  1. Are you licensed and insured?
  2. Will you obtain a permit?
  3. Can you provide a free evaluation?
  4. Do you offer a warranty?
  5. How can we keep the system running over time?
All of these questions will help you determine the quality of your contractor and provide clarity of what will happen once they begin to work on your property. The last question is often overlooked but can be crucial. Especially if the new set-up includes a sump pump, you have to make sure how to operate and maintain it to avoid damage not just immediately after, but for years to come.
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A. Anderson More than 1 year ago
Rainwater stays in back yard and along side of house;no where for water to go but in my 
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CESAR RICASIO More than 1 year ago

Hi Mr Anderson,

Looks like your house don't have stormwater drainage to drain your stormwater in the ba ckyard. You may have to consult a plumber to design this installation. Proper knowledge as to where to drain the stormwater such as locating the street storm drainage is critical.Cesar Ricasio


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water stands in back yard and around house no where for water to go

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