CMG Sprinklers and DrainsWe have been in business since 1993.  Servicing Central Oklahoma.

CMG Installs/Provides –

1.  New Lawn Sprinkler Systems

2.  Drainage Systems

3.  Sprinkler System Repair

4. Rain/Freeze Sensors

French Drain

French Drains can look great!
French Drains can look great!

Just what is a “French Drain?”  Many times people incorrectly use the phrase, “French Drain,”  to apply to many different types of Drains that could be used in a Drainage System.  The term is widely used and many times incorrectly connected to “Surface Drains,” or “Channel Drains.”

A Surface Drain has a grate that sits on top of a basin.  The basin is underground.  A Drain Pipe is connected underground to an outlet on the Drain BasinStorm-Water Drains through the grate into the Drain Basin.  Once in the Drain Basin, water travels out of the basin through a Drain Pipe.  The Storm-Water continues downhill in an underground Drain Pipe to an exit point.

THIS IS NOT A FRENCH DRAIN!

A Surface Drain may come in many different shapes or sizes.  The Drain Grate may be round or square.  Here is a picture of a common Surface Drain.

A Channel Drain is a type of Surface Drain and many times is installed in concrete across sidewalks or driveways.

A French Drain is completely different from a Surface Drain.  A basic French Drain consists of a Perforated Drain Pipe in the bottom of a trench.  The Drain Pipe should have a neoprene sock around the Perforated Drain Pipe.   This is to ensure that the Drain Pipe does not become clogged.

The dirt that was taken out to make the trench is hauled away.  It is replaced by some type of small stone or gravel depending on what is desired or available.  I prefer crushed 1 inch lime stone.  It is the most economical option in my area.  Pea Gravel or some other type of small stone can work just as well.    The lime-stone or gravel is placed in the trench on top of the perforated Drain Pipe and filled all the way to the surface (ground level).   In some cases where the French Drain needs to be deep or is being placed in sandy soil, a special trench liner must be placed in the trench before the perforated Drain Pipe or the Gravel are installed.  This helps maintain the integrity of the trench over time.  It also increases the cost of the French Drain and the amount of time to install it.  I install a trench liner in a French Drain about 20% of the time.  Most of the time a liner in not needed.

French Drain March 2011
A French Drain is designed to handle a large volume of water and cover a large area. The Drain is anyplace the trench goes. It has many applications and can be used in many situations.  It can be installed by itself or incorporated into a Drainage System with Surface Drains or Gutter Down-Spouts connected to it.
The main downfall of a French Drain is, that they, for the most part aren’t very pretty.  They don’t look very nice in a yard once they are completed.
Depending on the area the French Drain is installed and the type of grass around the French Drain, will dictate whether grass grows over the lime stone.  Grass can grow up and through the gravel in the French Drain over time eventually covering the gravel.  This is Ok.  It won’t have a measurable effect on the performance of the drain.
DONT COVER THE GRAVEL IN THE FRENCH DRAIN WITH DIRT.  THE FRENCH DRAIN WON’T WORK IF THE TRENCH IS CLOGGED WITH DIRT.  DON’T EVEN INSTALL IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO COVER IT UP WITH DIRT.  PUTTING DIRT OVER A FRENCH DRAIN IS LIKE PUTTING A CORK BACK IN A BOTTLE.
DECORATIVE STONE CAN BE USED TO COVER A FRENCH DRAIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND LAST A LIFETIME.

 

1.  New Lawn Sprinkler Installation was our fist job in 1993.  Since that time we have installed several thousand systems.  We take great pride in the quality and workmanship that go into each system. CMG Sprinklers and Drains provides a 2 year warranty on Sprinkler System Installation. Our Sprinkler Systems are automatic and self draining.  They need no maintenance to get them ready for winter.

French Drain

French Drains can look great!
French Drains can look great!

Just what is a “French Drain?”  Many times people incorrectly use the phrase, “French Drain,”  to apply to many different types of Drains that could be used in a Drainage System.  The term is widely used and many times incorrectly connected to “Surface Drains,” or “Channel Drains.”

A Surface Drain has a grate that sits on top of a basin.  The basin is underground.  A Drain Pipe is connected underground to an outlet on the Drain BasinStorm-Water Drains through the grate into the Drain Basin.  Once in the Drain Basin, water travels out of the basin through a Drain Pipe.  The Storm-Water continues downhill in an underground Drain Pipe to an exit point.

THIS IS NOT A FRENCH DRAIN!

A Surface Drain may come in many different shapes or sizes.  The Drain Grate may be round or square.  Here is a picture of a common Surface Drain.

A Channel Drain is a type of Surface Drain and many times is installed in concrete across sidewalks or driveways.

A French Drain is completely different from a Surface Drain.  A basic French Drain consists of a Perforated Drain Pipe in the bottom of a trench.  The Drain Pipe should have a neoprene sock around the Perforated Drain Pipe.   This is to ensure that the Drain Pipe does not become clogged.

The dirt that was taken out to make the trench is hauled away.  It is replaced by some type of small stone or gravel depending on what is desired or available.  I prefer crushed 1 inch lime stone.  It is the most economical option in my area.  Pea Gravel or some other type of small stone can work just as well.    The lime-stone or gravel is placed in the trench on top of the perforated Drain Pipe and filled all the way to the surface (ground level).   In some cases where the French Drain needs to be deep or is being placed in sandy soil, a special trench liner must be placed in the trench before the perforated Drain Pipe or the Gravel are installed.  This helps maintain the integrity of the trench over time.  It also increases the cost of the French Drain and the amount of time to install it.  I install a trench liner in a French Drain about 20% of the time.  Most of the time a liner in not needed.

French Drain March 2011
A French Drain is designed to handle a large volume of water and cover a large area. The Drain is anyplace the trench goes. It has many applications and can be used in many situations.  It can be installed by itself or incorporated into a Drainage System with Surface Drains or Gutter Down-Spouts connected to it.
The main downfall of a French Drain is, that they, for the most part aren’t very pretty.  They don’t look very nice in a yard once they are completed.
Depending on the area the French Drain is installed and the type of grass around the French Drain, will dictate whether grass grows over the lime stone.  Grass can grow up and through the gravel in the French Drain over time eventually covering the gravel.  This is Ok.  It won’t have a measurable effect on the performance of the drain.
DONT COVER THE GRAVEL IN THE FRENCH DRAIN WITH DIRT.  THE FRENCH DRAIN WON’T WORK IF THE TRENCH IS CLOGGED WITH DIRT.  DON’T EVEN INSTALL IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO COVER IT UP WITH DIRT.  PUTTING DIRT OVER A FRENCH DRAIN IS LIKE PUTTING A CORK BACK IN A BOTTLE.
DECORATIVE STONE CAN BE USED TO COVER A FRENCH DRAIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND LAST A LIFETIME.

2.   Drainage SystemsIf you have problems with standing water after a hard rain, or on your sidewalk or driveway, or even leaking into your home, give CMG a call.  We can quickly diagnose your Drainage Problems and design aDrainage System to fit your needs.  CMG Utilizes: French Drains, Surface Drains, Basement Drains, Channel Drains, Basin Drains, Trench Drains, and Sump Pumps.  WE INSTALL A VARIETY OF DRAINS TO SOLVE A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS!

3.  Sprinkler Repair for us goes “Hand-in-Hand” with our Lawn Sprinkler InstallationCMG can provide expertSprinkler Repair for many Sprinkler Problems Including:  Broken Sprinkler Heads, Leaking Sprinkler Pipes, Sticking Sprinkler Valves, Backflow-Valves, and Sprinkler Controller issues.

 

4. CMG also installsRain/Freeze Sensors for New and Existing Sprinkler SystemsRain/Freeze Sensors Turn off your Sprinkler System when it is raining or is too cold to water and no one is available to turn off the Sprinkler System. It will turn your Sprinkler System back on again when it warms up or dries  out enough to water.

If you live in Norman and need Sprinkler Repair, or if you live in Oklahoma City and would like a French Drain,  or if you live in Edmond and would like a New Lawn Sprinkler System Installed, Give CMG a call or send us an E-mail for a free estimate.  405-226-0629  cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

Servicing Central Oklahoma including: Norman, Moore, Edmond, Del City, Purcell, Blanchard, Midwest City, Newcastle, Mustang, Yukon, or Oklahoma City.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains –405-226-0629  cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

Sprinkler Valves need maintenance!

CMG completed another successful sprinkler system repair yesterday.  A nice lady in south Oklahoma City turned on here sprinkler system and had a big leak in here front yard.  When we got there and got the area dug up, we discovered that the Sprinkler Pipe was not the problem.  One of her had broken and needed to be replaced.  Many times with Sprinkler Valvessprinkler repair, the problem is not what is initially first thought.  CMG replaced her broken Sprinkler Valvewith a new Rain Bird DV 100 Sprinkler Valve.  We did extra work but did not charge her more than was originally quoted.

Lawn Sprinkler Repair is one of our business focuses.   We can help with:

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted or disconnected valve wires

5. Sprinkler Zones or Sprinkler Stations that won’t work

6.  Broken Sprinkler Heads

The above are the most common problems that we deal with.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains – can help if you need to re-design your sprinkler system.  If for example you are adding a swimming pool in your back yard, we can move the sprinkler heads and sprinkler pipes to fit the new dimensions of your yard.  We can redesign or add-on to sprinkler systems where the home owners needs change.

Like our name says, CMG Sprinklers and Drains also installs New Lawn Sprinkler Systems and Drainage Systems for folks who live in Central Oklahoma. If you live in Mustang and would like a French Drain installed or if you live in Norman and need a broken sprinkler head replaced, or if you live in Oklahoma City and desire a new Lawn Sprinkler System, Give CMG Sprinklers and Drains a call or send us an e-mail.  405-226-0629  cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

Servicing Central Oklahoma since 1993 including: Oklahoma City, Norman, Midwest City, Del City, Moore, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Purcell, Blanchard, Newcastle and all surrounding areas.

If you have questions concerning sprinkler systems or drainage systems please send us an e-mail at — cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

or call 405-226-0629

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