There is – in every field, townland and in every street of every community – ‘always one’.
‘Always one’ who keeps wandering off into the bog – who thrice in this past season has gotten herself stuck in a squishy spot..
Putting people to loads of trouble..
Bad for cows and bad for stone cottages – this waterlogged ground is what we are up against!
There is no such thing as too much drainage in this part of the world. Absolutely essential to draw ground water away from the walls of old buildings which without damp proof membrane, or even foundations, are vulnerable to water.
It is dug one meter from the wall. A scattering of clean stone can be raked into the drain in order to find the proper drop, ensuring a 10cm fall between the highest to lowest point.
Geotextile wrapped around will keep the pipe free of silt.
A French drain is used strictly to absorb ground water, with gray water and gutter spout water being dealt with separately.
This drain surrounds the whole cottage and shall serve to soak water away down the garden into the ditch. The drains must be filled to the top with stone for best aiding free flow.
Hard, hard work. But worth the trouble.