Too much of anything is never good, especially water.  Standing water can cause damage to sidewalks, driveways, and foundations.  Water can also seep into floor vents and under homes.  During a hard rain water can even run inside homes and business when Drainage is poor. If water is causing damage to your home or business, CMG can help.  We provide free estimates up to 100 miles from Oklahoma City.

Installing French Drain along foundation of home in Norman

Installing French Drain along foundation of home in Norman

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.  A  Trench Liner is sometimes used depending on the Drainage System Design and the type of soil.   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. A trench is dug that is slightly wider than the French Drain Pipe that is being used.  There are several sizes of French Drain Pipe.   Three Inch, Four Inch, and Six Inch are the most common sizes of French drain Pipe. The dirt that is 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.

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 French Drain.  In some cases thick grass growing up through the French Drain will create a natural “Thatch” filter.  This makes the French Drain invisible.  The trick is to allow the grass to grow over the French Drain Gravel without covering it up with dirt.  Grasses such as Bermuda which grow well in the sun will put out runners and new roots and will grow up and through the French Drain.  This will not affect the performance of the French Drain.  The problem is that some times depending on the type of soil involved, it may take a long time to completely cover up the French Drain.  Sprinkling grass seed down in the gravel will speed up the process.
DON’T 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.   
If you install a French Drain in a sunny area, you can:
                                         A.  Leave the  French Drain as-is and allow grass to grow over it in time.
                                         B.  Add grass seed directly to the French Drain gravel with (Light Hand Watering) to speed the growth process
                                         C.  Leave the French Drain as-is but decorate it with stepping stones and landscaping rocks ( leaving large cracks between stones to allow water to get into the French Drain,
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If you install a French Drain in a shady area you can:
                                        A.  Leave the French Drain as-is, it will work well and look as it did for many years.

B.  Leave the French Drain as-is, but decorate it with stepping stones or landscaping rocks.  Many French Drains are hidden under rock walk ways.IF YOU NEED WATER DRAINED AWAY FROM YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS CALL CMG.  405-226-0629  CMG Sprinklers and Drains installs all types of Drainage Systems and French Drains.

French Drain Installation is a primary focus for CMG Sprinklers and DrainsAngie’s List has awarded us their Customer Service Award for the State of Oklahoma for top quality French Drain Installation.  Along with the French Drain Customer Service Award, Angie’s List has given CMG their top A+ Rating and placed us at the top of their website for Oklahoma French Drain InstallationCMG also installs a variety of other types of Drains.  Our Drainage Systems may utilize: French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump Pumps.  In the past 21 years, we have installed French Drains to keep water away from home and business foundations, Surface Drains to keep water away from sidewalks and driveways,  Trench Drains, and French Drains to keep standing water out of flowerbeds and yards, and Sump Pumps to remove water from basements and outdoor low lying areas.

 

For 21 years, CMG has solved Drainage Problems for people in Central Oklahoma.  Experience is key in diagnosing Drainage Problems.  Some Drainage Problems are Simple and straight forward others are complex and difficult.  CMG utilizes a wide variety of Drains and Drain Pipes when designing a Drainage System.  A Simple Drainage System may use one type of Drain running through a Drain Pipe to an Exit Point.  A Complex Drainage System may use several types of Drains and Drain Pipes running to many exit points.  CMG Utilizes:  French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains and Sump Pumps.  The Drain Pipe we use may be  ADS, PVC, or Sewer and Drain Pipe.  Which Drain and Pipe used depends on the particular Drainage Problem.

Installing a Drain Pipe For a French Drain that Releases water through a Pop-Up Emitter at the Street

Installing a Drain Pipe For a French Drain that Releases water through a Pop-Up Emitter at the Street

Angie’s List rates us A+ and now has awarded CMG Sprinklers and Drains for our exceptional customer service in french drains, surface drains, sprinkler installations and repair!  Our french drains and sprinkler systems come with a TWO YEAR WARRANTY on all parts and labor.  In business now for over 20 years, CMG is alocalcompany that takes great pride in delivering the best in customer service and quality work you can trust.  CMG services what we install and we are always a phone call away for all your drainage and irrigation needs 405-226-0629.  We service all of Central Oklahoma including Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Del City, Purcell, Blanchard, Newcastle, Mustang, Yukon

Drainage System Installation in Norman
Drainage System Installation in Norman

A Drainage System using a 4 inch French Drain, connected to a 12 inch basin with a grate, which is also connected to the Gutter Down-Spouts and running to two separate exit points is an example of a moderately complex Drainage System.

Free Estimates within 100 miles of Oklahoma City

Spring is approaching.  Now is a good time to consider a sprinkler system for 2011.  CMG SPRINKLERS AND DRAINS can design a new sprinkler system to fit your needs.  Our sprinkler systems are self draining and require no winterization or extra maintenance.  Our sprinkler systems never freeze in winter regardless of the temperature.

THIS IS BETTER THAN DRAGGING HOSES!

 

We also provide expert sprinkler repair for people who already own a sprinkler system.  We service everything from broken sprinkler heads to leaking valves to worn out sprinkler controllers.

rain freeze sensor

 

If you own a sprinkler system or are considering installing one, you should consider a RAIN/FREEZE SENSOR.  A RAIN/FREEZE SENSOR turns off your sprinkler system when no one is available to turn it off.  For example: if you are on vacation, and it rains a lot while you’re away, your RAIN/FREEZE SENSOR will turn off the sprinkler system and turn it back on again when it is dry enough to irrigate again.  The RAIN/FREEZE SENSOR will also turn off the system it gets too cold.

CMG also designs and installs drainage systems.  If you have water standing in your yard after a thunder-storm or if your sidewalk turns into a moat after a hard rain you should consider a drainage system CMG has experience with many different types of drainage problems.  We utilize: French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Basin Drains, Trench Drains, Basement Drains, and Sump Pumps.

 

CMG Sprinklers and Drains services Central Oklahoma including:  Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Midwest City, Del City, Purcell, Blanchard, and Moore.

Give us a call for a free estimate or send us an e-mail —    405-226-0629    cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

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 systems.  Like all things in life, 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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Blane Callen

CMG has installed Drainage Systems all across Central Oklahoma including,  Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Purcell, Newcastle, Tuttle, Yukon, Mid West City, Mustang, Del City, and Purcell, and all surrounding areas.

CMG also installs New Lawn Sprinkler Systems and provides expert Sprinkler Repair.

Our Customers are Home Owners,  Business Owners, and Builders.  CMG Installs New Lawn Sprinkler System using Rain Bird Sprinkler System Parts.   Typically the Sprinkler System Controller is installed in the garage or on an outside wall.  Our Sprinkler Systems are FULLY AUTOMATIC AND SELF DRAINING NO WINTERIZATION IS NEEDED FOR OUR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. (nothing special needs to done to prepare the sprinkler system for winter)  THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS TURNED TO THE ” OFF POSITION”, THE SPRINKLER PIPES THEN DRAIN AUTOMATICALLY.

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  1. […] like a home or a car, a Sprinkler System requires repair or adjustment from time to time.  We at CMG, take great pride in the Sprinkler Repair Services that we provide.  In almost 18 years of […]

  2. […] 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 […]

  3. […] 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 […]

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