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Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair

For 25 years, we have solved Sprinkler System Problems.

405 203 9419

 

Lawn Irrigation Systems require maintenance from time to time.  All types of Sprinkler Repair may become necessary.    Sprinkler heads break for several reasons.  Dogs chew them up. Tree roots can twist and break Sprinkler heads.  Cars run over and break them.  Weed Eaters cut the tops off Sprinkler Heads.  If you have a Sprinkler Head that is not performing perfectly, we can help.

broken Sprinkler head

Broken Sprinkler Head

Sprinkler Valves can have trouble too.  The Sprinkler Valve Wiring  becomes disconnected or shorts out.  Tree Roots can stretch or break the Sprinkler WiresSprinkler Valves can start leaking over time too. 

Sprinkler Valves are the heart of any sprinkler system.  If they aren’t healthy, nothing works very well.  Debris can get stuck in a sprinkler valve stopping it from opening and closing properly.  The bleed screw can be loose causing low pressure in a Sprinkler Valve.  Many times a valve won’t close if the pressure is too low.  Having a sprinkler valve stuck “ON” is no fun and can cause damage and run up your water bill. 

Before

 

 

The Sprinkler Valves that you see above are a mess.  They were leaking and weren’t working correctly.  We replaced the above Sprinkler Valves with the ones you see below.

After

Sprinkler System Controllers can cause big headaches for home owners as well. 

 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair

405 203 9419

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair — 405 203 9419

 

Emergency Service

Water leaking anywhere in your yard

Sprinkler System won’t shut off

Back Flow Valve has frozen and broken

Any other Emergency Concerning Water Lines or Sprinkler Systems

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking 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.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair– 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.

 

 

If you live in Purcell and have a broken Sprinkler Head, or if you live in Edmond and would like a French Drain Installed, or if you live in Norman and have a sprinkler system Emergency, give us a call.   405 203 9419

 

 

 


Drainage Systems, French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Sump Pumps, Sprinkler Systems, Sprinkler Repair, with 21 years of experience. 

A Channel Drain is a type of Surface Drain and many times is installed in concrete across sidewalks or driveways.  It is long and narrow with a grate on top.

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.  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 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.
DECORATIVE STONE CAN BE USED TO COVER A FRENCH DRAIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND LAST A LIFETIME.
CMG also installs new Lawn Sprinkler Systems and Repairs Sprinkler Systems.  If you have a broken sprinkler head in Edmond or a leaking Sprinkler valve in Norman, give CMG a call.  We service all types of Sprinkler Systems.

Lawn Irrigation Systems installed by CMG are fully automatic.  Sprinkler System Controller in the garage or outside on an exterior wall.  The Sprinkler Controller need only be installed be plugged into a 110 electrical outlet.

Drain Pipe for French Drain running under sidewalk

Drain Pipe for French Drain running under sidewalk

Our Sprinkler Systems are Self-Draining.   The Sprinkler Pipes Drain underground when the Irrigation System is turned off.   Nothing needs to be done to prepare your Irrigation System for winter except turn it off.  There is no water left in the Sprinkler Pipes to Freeze.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains — Servicing Central Oklahoma including:  Oklahoma City, Moore, EdmondNorman, Midwest CityDel City, Mustang, Yukon, BlanchardNewcastle, and Purcell.

Sprinkler System Installation in Oklahoma can be complicated.   There are many details that very important to ensure that a new Sprinkler System be durable and dependable for many years to come.  Attention to detail makes all the difference when installing a Sprinkler System.  Many times, So-Called, ” Fly By Night Sprinkler Companies,”  cut lots of corners to save money.  Low price should not be the determining factor for having a Sprinkler System installed.  A cheap Sprinkler System soon becomes very expensive if it has to be fixed all the time or won’t work at all.

Two things you should require on any Sprinkler System:

1.  Make shure PRIMER  is used along with PVC Glue when the Sprinkler Pipe is put together.  Primer helps the glue to bond to the PVC pipe.  This ensures that all the pressurized pipe connections won’t leak over time.  I have seen Sprinkler Systems that were no more than a year old that leaked everywhere.

2.  Make shure the connection for the Sprinkler System at the water meter is done with a, “compression T.”  This ensures that no leaks will occur over time at this connection.  The Sprinkler Connection at the water meter is highly stressed every time the Sprinkler System is turned on.  A connection with Glue and Primer will not hold up to the stress over time.  This is why a Compression T must be used.

The above two points are just a few of the details that need to be considered when installing a Lawn Sprinkler System.

For twenty years, CMG has been paying close attention to the important details necessary to ensuring the Installation of Sprinkler Systems that are dependable and will last.

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 19 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  French Drain Installation.  I prefer that the customer pay me when the job.  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.

 


Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair — 405 203 9419

If you need help after hours or on the weekends, give us a call.

 

Emergency Service Sprinkler Repair

Water leaking anywhere in your yard

Sprinkler System won’t shut off

Back Flow Valve has frozen and broken

Any other Emergency Concerning Water Lines or Sprinkler Systems

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking 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.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair- 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.

 

 

If you live in Purcell and have a broken Sprinkler Head, or if you live in Edmond and would like a French Drain Installed, or if you live in Norman and have a sprinkler system Emergency, give us a call.   405 203 9419

 

 

Winter is a time when a lot can go wrong with a Sprinkler System.  Sprinkler Pipes can freeze and break.  Sprinkler heads can crack or bust.  Above Ground Back-Flow Valves can crack or leak during some some of the warmest winters.  We can fix all the above Sprinkler System Problems and much more.  If you are having trouble with your Sprinkler Controller, or if you have a Sprinkler Head shooting out in the street, give usa call.

If you just have a question concerning your existing sprinkler system or are considering a new one, we are happy to share time and information with you!

 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has Installed New:   Sprinkler Valves in Edmond

Rain/Freeze Sensors in Oklahoma City

Sprinkler Controllers in Yukon

Sprinkler Heads in Norman

Sprinkler Nozzles in Moore

ALONG THE WAY WE HAVE ALSO:

Fixed broken Sprinkler Pipes in Mustang

Traced and Replaced bad Sprinkler Wire in Purcell

Replaced Broken Sprinkler Heads in Blanchard

Adjusted Sprinkler Heads spraying in the wrong place in Oklahoma City

Of course we have made thousands of different Sprinkler Repairs in different Cities locally.

 

Two things you should require on any Sprinkler System:

1.  Make shure PRIMER  is used along with PVC Glue when the Sprinkler Pipe is put together.  Primer helps the glue to bond to the PVC pipe.  This ensures that all the pressurized pipe connections won’t leak over time.  I have seen Sprinkler Systems that were no more than a year old that leaked everywhere.

2.  Make shure the connection for the Sprinkler System at the water meter is done with a, “compression T.”  This ensures that no leaks will occur over time at this connection.  The Sprinkler Connection at the water meter is highly stressed every time the Sprinkler System is turned on.  A connection with Glue and Primer will not hold up to the stress over time.  This is why a Compression T must be used.

 

 


OKLAHOMA DRAINAGE AND SPRINKLER REPAIR

405 203 9419

French Drains and Surface Drains

For over 25 years we have solved all types of residential drainage problems.  Water standing on drive ways, Water in basements, water in air ducts, flowerbeds, and even living rooms.

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 Basin.  Storm-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!

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.
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.  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.

 

 

Finished Curb Outlet for French Drain

Finished Curb Outlet for French Drain

Installing Solid 4 Inch Drain Pipe Between French Drain and Curb

Installing Solid 4 Inch Drain Pipe Between French Drain and Curb


 

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair

405 203 9419

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair — 405 203 9419

 

Emergency Service

Water leaking anywhere in your yard

Sprinkler System won’t shut off

Back Flow Valve has frozen and broken

Any other Emergency Concerning Water Lines or Sprinkler Systems

1.  Sprinkler Controller Problems

2.  Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking 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.

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair– 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.

 

 

If you live in Purcell and have a broken Sprinkler Head, or if you live in Edmond and would like a French Drain Installed, or if you live in Norman and have a sprinkler system Emergency, give us a call.   405 203 9419

 

 

 

Lawn Irrigation Systems require maintenance from time to time.  All types of Sprinkler Repair become necessary.    Sprinkler heads break for several reasons.  Dogs chew up Sprinkler Heads.  Tree roots twist and break Sprinkler heads.  Cars run over and break Sprinkler Heads.  Weed Eaters cut the tops off Sprinkler Heads.  If you have a Sprinkler Head that is not performing perfectly, We can help.

Sprinkler Valves can have trouble too.  The Sprinkler Valve Wiring becomes disconnected or shorts out.  Tree Roots can stretch or break the Sprinkler WiresSprinkler Valves can start leaking over time. Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can solve Sprinkler Valve problems of all types.

The Sprinkler Valves that you see above are a mess.  They were leaking and weren’t working correctly.  We replaced the above Sprinkler Valves with the ones you see below.

New Sprinkler Valves installed in Norman

New Sprinkler Valves replacing the old ones shown above.

These two types of Sprinkler Heads should not be in the same Sprinkler Zone Together.  The reason is that they water at different rates.  The Pop-Up Sprinkler Head is a Continuous Spray Head.  It does not move or rotate.  It covers a small area and puts a lot of water down fast.  The Rotor Sprinkler Heads cover a much larger area and spray back and forth from left to right.  They take a greater amount of time to completely water their designed area.  If Pop-Ups and Rotor Sprinkler Heads are put in the same zone together and run at the same time, by the time the Rotor Sprinkler Heads are finished,  the area covered by the Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads will be Flooded.  This can kill whatever the Pop-Up Sprinkler Head is intended to water.

 

Many times ” Fly – By – Night Sprinkler Companies”  or, ” DIY Home owners who don’t know any better,” Put Rotor Sprinkler Heads and Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads in the same zone.

IT IS A BIG MISTAKE!

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair is expanding its service to include Altus and Lawton and all surrounding Western Oklahoma.  We still also service all of Central Oklahoma Including Oklahoma City, Norman, and Edmond.

If you have any problem with your Residential Sprinkler System, Give Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair a call.

405 203 9419

Recently we fixed a sprinkler system that was poorly installed.

  The Sprinkler System Company that installed it didn’t know what they were doing.  There was no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System.  As a result, The Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stayed pressurized all the time.  This is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma.  If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken pipes when it got too cold.    The Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.

 

 

 

Rotor Sprinkler Head

Rotor Sprinkler Head

Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has Repaired:

Sprinkler Controllers in Yukon

Sprinkler Heads in Norman

Sprinkler Nozzles in Moore

ALONG THE WAY WE HAVE ALSO:

Fixed broken Sprinkler Pipes in Mustang

Traced and Replaced bad Sprinkler Wire in Purcell

Replaced Broken Sprinkler Heads in Blanchard

Adjusted Sprinkler Heads spraying in the wrong place in Oklahoma City

 

Repairing Broken Sprinkler Pipe Near Back-Flow-Valve
Repairing Broken Sprinkler Pipe Near Back-Flow-Valve

 

 

 

 


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Angie’s List has awarded CMG Sprinklers and Drains  their top rating for customer service and lists CMG with an “A” rating.  CMG Installs Drainage Systems, Lawn Sprinkler Systems and provides Expert Sprinkler System Repair.   Our Drainage Systems utilize French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, and Sump PumpsSprinkler Systems installed by CMG use Rain Bird or Hunter Sprinkler Parts.  With over 20 years of experience we provide top quality Sprinkler Systems, French Drains, Drainage Systems, and Sprinkler Repair.


CMG Services all of Central Oklahoma including: Norman, Moore, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Blanchard, Newcastle, Purcell and Chickasha.


OKLAHOMA DRAINAGE AND SPRINKLER REPAIR– 405 203 9419

SERVICING ALL OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA

 

French Drain in Oklahoma City

French Drain in Oklahoma City

 

 

 

 

Drainage Systems take water from a drainage problem area through a Drain Pipe  where it then is released through an exit point such as a Curb Fitting or Pop-Up Emitter

Exit Point for 6 inch French Drain in Edmond

Curb Fitting Exit Point for 6 inch French Drain in Edmond

.  The Water enters the drain pipe through some type of drain.  Drains that take in water in a Drainage System are of the Surface Drain type which has a Grate on top of some type or size of basin. Or French Drain Style which absorb water through gravel above a perforated Drain Pipe.

Standard Surface Drains are 6 inch, 9 inch and 12 inch.  Each size Drain may have a Square or round Grate sitting on top of a drain basin which is connected to a drain pipe.

12 inch Drain Basin with a black grate connected to 4 inch Drain Pipe

12 inch Drain Basin with black grate connected to 4 inch Drain Pipe

The size of the Drain Basin and the size of the Drain pipe dictate how much water can be moved and how fast drainage can take place. A larger Drain Pipe is always a better choice.  A 12 inch Drain Basin with a grate connected to an exit point with six inch Drain pipe move much more water than the same  system with only 4 inch Drain Pipe. The 6 inch Drain Pipe moves many times more water than 3 inch or 2 inch Drain Pipe.   Larger Drain Basins take more water into a Drainage System as well.   French Drains always take in more water faster than Surface Drain.  A 4 inch French Drain will take in and move a much higher volume of water than a 4 inch Surface Drain.

Key Points — French Drains move more water than surface Drains.

Larger Drain Pipe move more water than Smaller Drain Pipe

Using large Drain Pipes with A French Drain System moves the most water of all

Using 2 or more Exit points for the Drainage System increases Drainage Capacity.

Drainage Systems are not Flood Prevention Systems.  If Flooding allows flood water to rise above the exit point of a Drainage System, water will not drain away because the exit point is under water.  An exit Point that is way down hill from the drainage system ensures drainage under most all situations.  As long as the water has a place to drain to the drainage system will function correctly.

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.

Drainage System Installation, Gutter Down Spouts Connected.
Drainage System Installation, Gutter Down Spouts Connected.

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.

French Drain running under sidewalk to Pop Up Emitter
French Drain running under sidewalk to Pop Up Emitter

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.

Surface Drain Installed next to sidewalk in Oklahoma City.
Surface Drain Installed next to sidewalk in Oklahoma City.

2.  Keep water away from small or enclosed 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.

Surface Drain Installation in Norman
Surface Drain Installation in Norman
 
Don’t let standing water or storm water run-off damage your home!  Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair can help with Drainage Problems in and around your home or business.  If you have water standing in the wrong place after a hard rain, a Drainage System can be a great solution!  If your sidewalk turns into a moat after a storm, or if your back yard floods from run-off from your neighbor’s roof give us a call.  We can quickly diagnose your Drainage Problems and provide a solution.  We incorporate several types of Drains in our Drainage System depending on the Drainage Problem.  We installs:  French Drain, Surface Drain, Channel Drains, Basin Drains, Trench Drains, and Sump pumps.We install Drains in lots of places including, Yards, Flower Beds, Driveways, Sidewalks, and next to Swimming Pools.

Surface Drain Installation in Oklahoma City
Surface Drain Installation in Oklahoma City

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 Basin.  Storm-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!

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.

Surface Drain and Drain Pipe

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 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.

DECORATIVE STONE CAN BE USED TO COVER A FRENCH DRAIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND LAST A LIFETIME.

French Drains Can Look Great!
Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair installs Drainage Systems for home owners and Realtors who are in the process of selling a home.  Sometimes a  Drainage System must be installed before closing.  We are more than happy to help!
This concludes,”French Drains Oklahoma City, Drainage Systems, Surface Drains.
 

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.

 


CMG Sprinklers and Drains405-226-0629             cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

No Rain? No Drain?  Let CMG ease your pain!  

CMG Sprinklers and Drains installs new lawn sprinkler systems, performs sprinkler system repair and installs drainage systems.

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

Since 1993 CMG Sprinklers and Drains has installed top-quality, low maintenance irrigation and drainage systems  customized to meet our customers’ exact irrigation and drainage needs. All of our sprinkler systems come with a TWO year warranty and are fully automatic and self draining, preventing frozen sprinkler pipes during the winter and leaving you with the peace of mind that your virtually maintenance-free sprinkler system is the best it can be.

We service all of Central Oklahoma including Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Del City, Purcell, Blanchard, Newcastle, Mustang, Yukon.  Whether you live in Oklahoma City and need a new lawn sprinkler system installed, Norman and need a french drain or surface drain, or in Mustang and your sprinkler system doesn’t work the way that your want it to, give CMG Sprinklers and Drains a call for your free estimate. 405-226-0629

CMG drainage systems can solve even your most complex drainage problems CMG Sprinklers and Drains will customize your drainage system by utilizing a variety of drainage components such as French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Basement Drains, Basin Drains, Trench Drains, and Sump Pumps to eliminate your drainage problems.

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

CMG Sprinklers and Drains —  Recently due to very cold weather, many people with Sprinkler Systems in the Oklahoma City area had Sprinkler Pipes freeze and bust.  In Norman, we fixed broken Sprinkler Valves as well that had frozen because they had been installed incorrectly.  The Sprinkler System Company that installed them either didn’t know what they were doing or performed low-quality work. With no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System, the Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stay pressurized all the time which is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma.  If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken pipes when it got too cold as the Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.

CMG provides top-quality work and will not cut corners.  We warranty our installed sprinkler systems for TWO years and  we always install a Master Sprinkler Valve on every new Sprinkler System that we customize.  If you are thinking about having a Sprinkler System installed,  always ask if a “MASTER VALVE ” will be part of the Sprinkler System.  If the Sprinkler Company says “NO” then ask why.  Any answer to convince you that it isn’t necessary is pure BS.

If they don’t know what a Master Valve is, Then RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

Unfortunately, poor  or cheap Sprinkler System Installation is common.  CMG provides expert Sprinkler Repair within 50 Miles of Oklahoma City in all directions.

No Rain? No Drain?  Let CMG ease your pain!     Call 405-226-0629 today!


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

Recently we had a customer in Oklahoma City who had water from her neighbors yard that would wash under her fence and into her pool in the back yard.  Every time she had a hard rain her swimming pool would fill up with Storm Water and mud.

After diagnosing her Drainage Problem and providing a Free Estimate, She decided to move forward with the Drainage System Installation.

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Installing Curb Fitting For French Drain
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Installing Cement around the Curb Fitting of the French Drain

We installed a 6 inch French Drain that went all the way around the pool in the back yard and then ran all the way to the street on both sides of the house. The French Drain made the shape of a horse shoe. The Drainage System had two Curb Outlets installed through the curb at the street. This gave the French Drain two different directions to allow the water to flow to the street.  Two Drain Outlets allowed the French Drain to move a huge amount of water during heavy rains.   A few weeks  later we got a call from our customer after a heavy rain.  She was very happy.  The French Drain did a great job protecting her pool.  All the Storm Water was diverted around the Swimming Pool.

French Drain installation is a big focus for CMG during our 21st year in business. A French Drain is one part of a Drainage System. A French Drain can be connected to other types of Drains or Gutter Down-Spouts and then run through Drain Pipe to an Exit point where the water is released.

A Drainage Exit Point is the area where water goes to be released when it comes out of the Drainage System. The two most common exit points for a Drainage System are a Pop-Up Emitter or a Curb Fitting.
A Pop-Up Emitter is a Fitting on the end of a Drain Pipe that has a lid that pops up and releases water. When water drainage is complete, the lid shuts back.

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

CMG Installed a Double Six inch French Drain in Edmond this week.  A Double Six Inch French Drain is two six inch French Drains laid side by side in one very wide and deep trench.  It is designed to move a huge amount of water away from a home.   The CMG customer had several different drainage problems in their back yard.  After a thunderstorm, water would run under their back fence and into their garage.  The back yard was on a steep hillside and the water would run very fast down the hill and into the garage.  CMG installed 2 large six inch French Drains across the water’s path.  This allowed the water to be diverted into the French Drain which then ran through drain pipe to a curb outlet at the street.  Three Gutter Down Spouts were connected into the French Drain.  The French Drain created a protective barrier for the garage.  A 12 inch Surface Drain was also included in the Drainage System.  It was placed up against the driveway and connected with 4 inch Solid drain pipe to the 6 inch French Drain.  Water was completely rerouted away from the home.  A French Drain  and Surface Drain combination in this case was the best solution to this particular drainage problem.

Installing a Curb Outlet for a French Drain in Edmond
Installing a Curb Outlet for a French Drain in Edmond

OKLAHOMA DRAINAGE AND SPRINKLER REPAIR

405 203 9419

French Drains and Surface Drains

For over 25 years we have solved all types of residential drainage problems.  Water standing on drive ways, Water in basements, water in air ducts, flowerbeds, and even living rooms.

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 Basin.  Storm-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!

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.
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.  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.

 

 

Finished Curb Outlet for French Drain

Finished Curb Outlet for French Drain

Installing Solid 4 Inch Drain Pipe Between French Drain and Curb

Installing Solid 4 Inch Drain Pipe Between French Drain and Curb

 

French Drain in Oklahoma City

Running Drain Pipe across Front Yard for a French Drain

Running Drain Pipe across Front Yard for a French Drain

 

A French Drain is a great way to keep water away from cement such as a home foundation or driveway.  When water is left standing near a driveway or sidewalk, it can cause deterioration and cracking.  A French Drain is a Good way to keep water away from problem drainage areas.  We also install Surface Drains of most types and sizes depending on our customer’s needs.

 

Installing French Drain and curb fitting through curb

Installing French Drain and curb fitting through curb