Drainage Systems

A Drainage System is made up of three parts: THE INTAKE,    THE TRANSITION,   AND THE EXIT.

The ” Intake” is a drain of one kind or another.  The most common is the FRENCH DRAINSURFACE DRAINS and SUMP PUMPS can be used as well.  Moore specifically, the “Intake” is the area of the Drainage System that takes in water.  Again through one or several types of Drains.

covering a french drain

French Drain Installation

Drainage Systems can have one or many “Intakes.”  They also can be more than one type of drain or pump.  For example, You might have a French Drain on one side of your back yard connected to a Surface Drain on the other side of your back yard and both of those connected to a “Sump Pump” coming out of the basement.  There are any number of possibilities depending on the needs for solving the drainage problem.  A Simple Drainage System will have one INTAKE.  A Complex Drainage System will have several INTAKES and one or more EXITS.

Surface Drain next to sidewalk

Surface Drain as an Intake for a Drainage System


A “Transition” is simply the Drain Pipe that one or all the “Intakes” are connected to.  Once connected the Transition runs to the Exit.

Surface Drain Connection

Surface Drain connected to a Transition Pipe

The Exit is the place where the Drainage Systems gets rid of the water.  It leaves the Transition Pipe, otherwise known as a Drain Pipe and flows out.  The two most common Drainage System Exits are a ” Pop Up E-Miters ” Or “Curb Outlet.”

Curb Outlet

Drainage System Curb Outlet

Pop up emitter next to sidewalk

Popup Emitter to release water from a French Drain in Yukon

Pop up emitter and ADS

Pop-Up Emitter

Pop up emitter and PVc

Pop up Emitter next to curb


Drainage Systems can also have more than one Exit.

Drainage Systems again are made up of “Intakes”, “Transitions”, and “Exits.”

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