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At our office we always put a back drain on the structural plans for a retaining wall. Basically because the loading conditions for the wall don’t include any hydrostatic pressure. Thus a drain is required to insure that water doesn’t build up behind the wall.


-Todd Lacher, P.E.

 Anaheim, CA


From: Randy Diviney [mailto:rsdiviney(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 8:19 AM
To: Seaint
Subject: Foundation Drains


We are having a discussion in our office regarding standard foundation or perimeter drains. If I have a retaining wall or if the geotech suggests one I always require a drain. The question is, which drawings should it appear on; site, civil, plumbing, structural?





Randy Diviney

Hayes Large Architects