Do you have stagnant water in your yard, or areas where the water is not draining properly? Let us help by installing a drainage system. We will evaluate the issue and will offer the best solution for your property.
French drains are a common solution to yard drainage problems. Not all French drains, also known as trench drains, are created equally.
French drains can be envisioned as a "sandwich" of materials. From the top down, the order of materials is Dirt, Geotextile Fabric, Washed Gravel, Perforated PVC Pipe, Washed Gravel, Geotextile Fabric, Dirt.
- First, we dig a trench and lay geotextile fabric in the trench. Geotextile fabric allows water to pass through but stops dirt.
- Then we put washed gravel inside the trench to allow water to drain quickly.
- Then we will place a perforated pipe,typically a solid PVC pipe with holes facing downward, is placed in the trench.
- Additional gravel is placed on top of the pipe.
- Lastly, we fold the geotextile fabric over the gravel and fill the remainder of the trench with dirt.
Dry Creek Bed
A dry creek bed is a French drain, but instead of burying it and covering it up with grass we bring the stone to the surface level and design it aesthetically to look like a dry creek bed. This can be implemented to a yard to add a unique fixture in the yard. We often add landscape to dry creek beds to give a more natural look. We can also integrate it into a landscape bed for a truly outstanding look.
It is also possible for a French drain to disperse water into a dry well. Dry wells resemble glorified garbage cans buried in the ground. Their purpose is to collect excess water until it can naturally percolate into the ground.
Most dry wells hold about 50 gallons of water with small holes so the water inside can slowly escape out. Much like a French drain installation, the dry well is surrounded by washed gravel and geotextile fabric.
Yard drains are also called catch basins. As the name implies, the purpose of this drain is to "catch" excess surface water in a basin and redirect it. The catch basin acts like a sewer drain and directs the water through a pipe sloping away from the basin. A yard drain can solve a simple drainage problem or be a part of a larger overall drainage system.