Edmond, Oklahoma City, Lawn Sprinkler Contractor, Sprinkler Repair, French Drain.

Posted: July 20, 2010 in broken sprinkler head, Drainage Problems, Drainage System, Drainage Systems, french drain, French Drain Contractor, sprinklers
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CMG Sprinklers and Drains – 405-226-0629 Lawn Sprinkler and Drainage Contractor.  Specializing in:  (1) Lawn Sprinkler Installation and Repair.  (2) Sprinkler System Redesign and Makeover. (3)  French Drains, Surface Drains, and Channel Drains.  (4) Basement Drains, Sump Pumps, Gutter to drain connections. — Servicing: Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, Edmond, Mustang, Yukon, Mid West City, Del City, Purcell, Blanchard.  Free Estimates — Accepting Credit Cards

My name is Blane Callen. I have owned and operated CMG Sprinklers and Drains since 1993.  I take great pride in my work.  The Letters “CMG” stand for the first letter of the first name of each of my children.  ( Chance, Melissa, Garrett )  = CMG

I have amassed a great deal of experience designing and installing Sprinkler SystemsRepairing Sprinkler Systems, and designing and installing Drainage SystemsIn the past 18 years, I have made mistakes, but I have learned from them.  As a result I get calls, from time to time,  from other Sprinkler and Drainage companies that have run into a problem that they can’t handle.  I am always glad to help.

I usually don’t take money up front for Sprinkler Installation, Sprinkler Repair, or Drain Installation.  I prefer that the customer pay me when the job is complete and they are happy with the work.  In a few cases on very large jobs I request a draw or outlay for parts.  The parts are delivered from my supplier to the address where the job is being done and equal the amount of the draw.  The parts stay on the premises until they are installed.

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Harsh weather in Oklahoma seems to becoming more common.  In 2013,  Norman Oklahoma had 4 inches of rain in two hours.  That’s the most rain in a short time that I can remember.  Storm-Water runoff can cause damage to all types of property and buildings.  Water getting inside your house is never a good thing.  A Drainage System that utilizes a French Drain can help.

Drains can protect your home and property from water damage.  CMG installs a wide variety of Drains in many different places.  A Drain or Group of Drains with Drain Pipe going to an exit point is a “Drainage System.”

Large 6 Inch French Drain Installed in Norman
Large 6 Inch French Drain Installed in Norman

Drainage Systems can be made up of one drain or a combination of many drains.  Drainage  problems can be very complex.   Complex Drainage Problems may require a combination of several different types of drains all inter-connected and working together.  Other times the drainage problem may be simple and straight-forward requiring only one drain or several of the same type of drain connected together.

An example of a complex drainage system would be:  A French Drain in the back yard connected to a Surface Drain near a flower bed connected to several gutter downspouts, which are connected to a Channel Drain going across a driveway, which is connected to additional Surface Drain in the front yard, which runs to a Curb Fitting that lets all the water drain out on to the street.

A simple Drainage System might consist of a Surface Drain that is connected to a second Surface Drain which runs to a Pop-up Emitter which lets water drain over the curb and into the street.

An “Exit Point” is the term used for where all the water leaves the Drainage System.  Determining the Exit Point is very critical.  It is one of the first things we do when diagnosing a Drainage Problem.

Drainage Systems can:

1.  Keep water away from foundations — A French Drain is best because it can move Surface Water and Sub-Surface Water (water moving under ground) away from the foundation.  Many times less experienced companies install Surface Drains to keep water away from foundations.  This can be a big mistake.  A Surface Drain can’t move or drain Sub-Surface Water.   Also A Surface Drain often can’t move enough water fast enough and easily becomes overwhelmed during a heavy rain.  A Surface Drain also can’t cover or protect a broad enough area. Surface Drains should be designed in a Drainage System to be located in smaller Drainage Areas moving moderate amounts of water.  Surface Drains look better than French Drains.  If ,”appearance” is more important than Drainage Capacity, Go with the Surface Drain.  Just know what you are getting into and what your expectations should be. One side of a foundation alone,  can be over 100 feet.  A 4 inch or 6 inch French Drain is best when protecting a large area such as a foundation.

2.  Keep water away from small or inclosed areas.  This might be a low area just through a gate on the side of a house, or the low area between a flowerbed and the wall of a house, or standing water on or near a sidewalk or driveway.  These types of Drainage Problems are best served with Surface Drains.  A Surface Drain can move water away from a low area that is relatively small.  This can occur in yards, flowerbeds, sidewalks and driveways.  A Surface Drain is designed to move Surface Water away from a problem area to a predetermined exit point.  Surface Drains are available in many sizes.  How quickly they remove standing water is usually determined by the size of the Drain Pipe that is connected to the Drain.

Simply put, a Drainage System is one or a group of underground Drain Pipes that take water away from a place that has water standing on it or flowing across it.  The water that is in the problem area, can be causing damage or may be inconvenient or both.  (Usually Both)  A simple Drainage System is a Drain for the water to enter, a Drain Pipe to move the water away from the Drain, and an Exit Point for the water to be released out of the Drain Pipe.

Drainage Systems quickly can become more complicated.  Considerations must include:

How does the water get to the problem area?  There may be one or many sources.

Water Sources:

1.  It falls from the sky directly

2.  It flows down hill over the surface (surface water)

3.  It flows underground under the surface (sub-surface water)

4.  It flows from the edge of a roof ( There may be many roofs near the problem area, neighbors etc.)

5.  It flows from a gutter downspout

6.  It flows over the edge of a gutter because the gutter is too small is is clogged

7.  It flows up from the ground (seeps and springs are common in Oklahoma)

8.  It flows from a sprinkler system use ( yours or your neighbors)

9.  It flows from a leaking pipe ( water mains, water meters, water lines, sprinkler pipes, sprinkler valves)

There are other reasons for Drainage Problems, the above reasons are just the most common.

Once the number of water sources is determined, a rough estimate of the amount of water that needs to be drained away on average must be estimated.  This can be simplified down to “SMALL, MEDIUM, OR LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER TO BE DRAINED AWAY.  You don’t have to be an engineer trying to calculate fluid dynamics.  Experience at diagnosing drainage problems helps however.  How much water needs to be moved will help determine the type and size of the Surface Drain or French Drain that needs to be installed.  It also helps to determine the size of Drain Pipe required for the Drainage System.  A good rule to follow is, “If in doubt, install a larger Drain and Drain Pipe.”  Unused Drainage Capacity is better than property damage caused by a Drain that is overwhelmed by too much water.

For home and small business use typical materials used are:

6 inch, 9 inch, and 12 inch Surface Drains

3 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch Drain Pipes

3 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch French Drains

French Drains move more water than Surface Drains —

French Drains move Surface Water and Sub-Surface Water

Surface Drains move Surface Water only

Surface Drains look nicer than French Drains in most cases

Once the type and number of drains is determined and what size Drain Pipe will connect them, an exit point must be selected.  (Where is the Drainage System going to take the water to and release it?)

The Drainage Curb Fitting is installed when the desired exit point for the French Drain will release the Drainage Water into the Street.   The Drainage Curb Fitting is rectangular in shape and made to be installed through the curb.  A small section of Curb is cut out with a concrete saw.  The Section is a few inches wider than the Drainage Curb Fitting.  We then install new concrete around the curb fitting.  Once the concrete has dried, the Drain Pipe coming from a French Drain or Surface Drain is connected to the Drainage Curb fitting and then covered with dirt.

The Drainage Pop-Up Emitter is connected to the end of a Drain Pipe.  It is downhill from a French Drain or a Surface Drain.  It is a small release basin with a green pop-up lid.  When releasing water, it pops up about an inch to release the water from the French Drain or Surface Drain.  When the Storm Water has moved through the Drainage System and out of the Pop-Up Emitter, the green lid closes back to its original closed position.  The emitter is designed to release water out into a yard or down a hill or other desirable Drainage Exit Point where there is no curb.

Popup Emitter to release water from a Drainage System in Yukon.
Popup Emitter to release water from a Drainage System in Yukon.

Drainage System installation and design is a big part of our business.  Does your sidewalk turn into a moat after a hard rain?  Does part of your yard look like a pond after a thunderstorm?  Worst of all, are you experiencing concrete deterioration to your foundation, sidewalk, or driveway CMG can design a Drainage System to solve your Drainage Problems Our Drainage Systems can be simple or complex.  We utilize, French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Basin Drains, Basement Drains, Trench Drains, and Sump Pumps.  Estimates are free!

Sprinkler Irrigation Systems — If you are considering an Automatic Sprinkler System for your home or business in 2012, check out an Irrigation System designed by CMG Sprinkler and Drain.  Our Sprinkler Systems are fully automatic.

The Sprinkler Controller can be placed indoor or outdoor.  One of the most important aspects of our Sprinkler Design is the “SELF-DRAINING FEATURE.”  The Sprinkler Pipes Drain Automatically underground every time the Irrigation System stops running or is turned off. Older or poorly Designed Sprinkler Systems must be WINTERIZED every fall and checked out again every spring.  Homeowners pay Sprinkler  Contractors to maintain this twice-a-year routine as long as they own the Sprinkler System.  A Sprinkler System Designed and Installed by CMG — NEVER HAS TO BE WINTERIZED.  BY THE TIME WINTER COMES THERE IS NO WATER IN THE SPRINKLER PIPES TO FREEZE.  If it gets hot during late winter or early spring and the homeowner wants to run the Sprinkler System, no problem! Just turn the Sprinkler System on at the Sprinkler Controller and run it normally.  There is no need to pay a Sprinkler Contractor to prepare your Sprinkler System for Winter.  YOUR SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEM BY CMG IS READY WHEN YOU ARE!

CMG Sprinklers and Drains designs and installs Drainage Systems. Water Drainage is very important to home owners and small businesses. Standing Water can cause all kinds of problems.  Concrete in driveways, sidewalks, and foundations can be damaged.  Prolonged Drainage Problems allow mold to occur along with deterioration to plants, trees, and property.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains designs Drainage Systems to deal with Water Drainage problems.  We provide Free Estimates for all of Central Oklahoma. CMG utilizes: French Drains, Trench Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump Pumps. Drains can be simple using one type of Drain, or complex using several types of Drains.

The Drain Pipe used by CMG consists of: ADS Perforated with Soc Drain PipeADS Solid Drain Pipe, Sewer and Drain Drain Pipe,  PVC 40 schedule used as Drain Pipe,  200 Class PVC used as Drain Pipe.  Using a variety of Drain Pipe and Drains allow us to address Drainage Problemsthat range from simple to complex and from standard to unique.

Standing water comes from many sources.  It causes damage to  sidewalks, driveways, and foundations not to mention plants, trees, and  grass.  Does the side of your house flood because your neighbor doesn’t  have gutters, or does your sidewalk turn into a moat after a heavy rain,  or worst of all, does water seep into your foundation and duct work  after a thunderstorm.  Theses are just a few of the Drainage  Problems that CMG can help with.  CMG can design a Drainage  System to fit your specific needs.  We install many types  of Drains  to solve many types of problems. CMGutilizes: French  Drains, Surface  Drains, Channel  Drains, Basement  Drains, Trench Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump  Pumps.

A French Drain can protect your foundation!

CMG  also installs new Lawn  Sprinkler Systems.  We design Sprinkler  Systems that are fully automatic and self-draining. CMG  installs Rain Bird  or Hunter Sprinkler parts  unless otherwise requested.

For those of you who already own a  Sprinkler System, CMG  provides expert  Sprinkler Repair.

Sprinkler Adjustment by CMG Sprinkler and Drain— Adjustment of  a Sprinkler System is a necessary part of owning and operating an Irrigation System.  Sprinkler Heads get run over by cars or get knocked out of adjustment by weed-eaters. Sprinkler Heads need to be moved or adjusted for many reasons.  If your Sprinklers are not putting water where it needs to go, give CMG a call.  405-226-0629

CMG  Sprinklers and Drains can help with:

1. Sprinkler  Controller Problems

2. Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking  Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted  or disconnected Sprinkler valve wires

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

6. Broken  Sprinkler Heads

7. Sprinkler Head Adjustment

The Sprinkler  System Problems listed above are the  most common Sprinkler 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  Pipesto fit the  new dimensions of your yard.  We can  redesign or add-on to sprinkler  systems where the home owners needs  change.

Servicing Central Oklahoma including: Norman, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest  City, Del  City, Yukon, Mustang, Blanchard, Newcastle, Purcell, Moore, Edmond, and all surrounding  areas.  If you live in Edmond  and would like a New  Sprinkler System, or if you live in Mustang,  and need broken  Sprinkler Pipes Fixed, or live in Norman and would like a French  Drain installed give us a call or send us an e-mail.    405-226-0629  cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

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