No one likes to put money into the ground to get drainage fixed and most are looking for the most inexpensive way to do it. There are a few things to consider when you are pricing out a drainage job. The following is a list of steps and the pricing to be aware of and the process involved.
Consider the cost of NOT doing the drainage repair
The cost of an eroded foundation is quite expensive. Just to have a structural engineer give a written report is $500-700. If water is eroding your foundation, the longer it goes neglected, the worse it gets and the more it costs. Time equals money in more ways that one.
For instance, if moisture is collecting in the basement, the humidity level will increase causing mold and mildew. If a home goes on the market, the inspector will find a mold problem and remediation will be required. That comes at a $10,000 price tag.
Drainage Installation costs
Various scenarios will determine the actual cost for drainage installations but to save a headache, here is an idea of what can be expected.
For a full man crew, it is an approximately $2400-3200 per day for laborer costs (depending on the size job and men required).
Drainage repair material costs:
Add onto that price the cost of landscape fabric, staples, 10 tons of gravel to line the bed, 4-6” perforated socked piping, more gravel to fill in, haul away fee for soil debris and it’s an additional $775. If a machine is required to dig out wider and deeper, there are additional charges for the machinery of $450-575. As a result of obvious lawn damage (if the French drain is passing through the yard to exit), we would restore the lawn and re-sow with turf grass, fertilizer and straw the surface for better germination ($55 for this job). If an aesthetic look is desired at the top of the drain surface, more decorative rock (large, medium and small river rock) can be arranged to look like a dry stone riverbed with plantings tucked in around the rock. ($475 for this job) It can end up being functional and aesthetically pleasing. We’ve even decorated the top with flat flagstone for steppers. The total for this particular drain job would run between $3680-5080.
Every scenario is different and unique. If you would like to ensure the health of your family and stop the deterioration of your foundation, give us a Certified Stormwater BMP Inspector a call and schedule a consultation today.