Drainage Problems

A drainage problem is a serious problem that requires the right solution. If you do not immediately address water drainage issues you expose yourself to property damage, reduced functionality of your yard, health issues and “surprise” repair costs later.

Flooded Backyard

When protecting the value and usability of your property from water damage your goal is to capture excess water, move it away from your home and then disperse or store it in a safe manner.

If you have improper grading, low spots, areas of standing water, downspouts dropping water against foundation we can help with one of many possible solutions. You may need;

  • French Drain – For both capturing excess water and dispersing it away from the problem area. The bottom of the trench will be either PVC or corrugated pipe depending on the site situation.

PVC Pipe   Piping

  • AdvanEdge – A newer type of pipe for French drain applications, which is narrow and tall.

Advanedge   Advanedge

  • Dry Well – We use Flo-Well as a destination for the excess water. We can install one or as many as necessary for a given situation. 

Dry Well   Flo-Well   Drainage

  • Pop-up Emitters – This will be used to divert the excess water back up to the surface away from the problem area. We may also use these as an exit for very high flow times so the water does not back up back into the problem area. 

Pop-up emitters   Pop-up emitters

  • Catch Basin – These are used to collect surface water in a problem area. 

Catch Basin   Surface Drain

If you have a wet area we can run porous pipe (French drain or AdvanEdge) or a catch basin through the wet area and then use solid pipe to take the water to the street, a Dry Well, creek, swale or the town catch basin. In the case of the street, swale or town catch basin destination, the pipe terminates with a Pop-up Emitter.

If down spouts are the problem, adapters can be attached to the bottom of the down spouts. From there, the water is directed to the street, dry well, creek, swale or the town catch basin. Porous pipe (French drain) may also be used to direct water away from the house allowing the water to leach back into the soil.

What is a French Drain System?

A French drain, which may also be called a curtain drain, perimeter drain, weeping tile, or agricultural drain, is a gravel-filled trench that includes a perforated or slotted pipe. These drains are used to direct surface water or groundwater away from a specific area, such as a home’s foundation.

French drains direct surface level water toward the lowest point and allow it to seep through the surface level gravel into the drain. This gravel also blocks the passage of excess debris. The water is then collected in the perforated pipe, running at the base of the drain, and directed away from the home and toward a more suitable area for daylighting, infiltration or dry well.

French drains differ from typical surface drains because they collect water over the entire length of the drain instead of one particular spot. French drains can also prevent water from collecting and pooling in specific areas, saturating the ground below, which may lead to water problems at the surface or below. Instead, this water is directed to a more desirable location such as a dry well or an area of your choosing.

Subsurface drainage systems have been in use for centuries, helping with everything from controlling agricultural runoff to providing yard drainage. They take many forms, but are all similar in design and function to the traditional French drain system.