Do you have water pooling up in your yard? If so, you may want to install an effective drainage system. A properly designed and installed drainage system moves water away from the foundation preventing water damage. Furthermore, a proper system, including gutters with the correct type of extensions will often eliminate water seepage into a basement or crawl space.
What Is a French Drain?
This is a type of system that is normally put in at the lowest point of your yard to ensure it captures and redirects water. However, it can be installed elsewhere if the troublesome water is not located at the lowest spot. The system is buried in the ground and has a port positioned so it will not allow water to flow back toward your home, foundation or basement.
Since it uses gravity to help carry the water away, it’s necessary to install it on a downward slope of at least ¼ inch per foot. Our team of professionals have the equipment and knowledge to ensure that it slopes properly.
If you have questions about yard drainage give us a call.
Hire A Contractor or Do-it-Yourself
A project like this is pretty simple to plan, however, it requires a lot of manual effort. Experience really matters in producing a result that is going to work. Often, the do-it-yourselfer encounters problems along the way, for example; tree roots, driveways, sidewalks, large rocks or underground utilities. Installing this yourself can not only be more time consuming, but cost more than hiring a professional. Quite often, we’ve had customers work for weeks on this only to call us and have the problem fixed in just a day with our experienced crews.
Steps We Take and the Materials We Use
- Materials used include the tile pipe, rock, sand, shovels, rakes, backhoe, trenchers and strong backs.
- Starting from where the water enters and ending where the water flows out, we dig a ditch that is about 10 inches deep x 6 inches wide.
- We lay about 2-4 inches of rock into the trench before placing the pipe lengthwise into the ditch.
- Cover the pipe with another layer of rocks, again about 2 inches.
- Fill in the remaining space with soil and then plant some grass seed or sod, as per the job specs.