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FRENCH DRAIN IN EDMOND OKLAHOMA, DRAINAGE CONTRACTOR
Recently CMG installed a large 6 inch French Drain in Edmond. The customer had water running under his back porch step and into his basement. We did a Free Drainage Diagnostic and Estimate. The French Drain design that we proposed would intercept the surface water and subsurface water that was flowing under the steps. The French Drain design called for a 6 inch French Drain to be installed above and several feet away from the steps. It would run around the house parallel to the foundation and about 5 feet to the East. The French Drain would run past the steps to a point where water must cross the French Drain or run up hill to the steps which in this case was not possible. Once past the steps, the French Drain would transition to Solid 6 inch Drain Pipe and continue on around the house to the Pop-Up Emitter down hill in the side yard. Along the way we attached several Gutter Down Spouts into the French Drain.
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 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
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 Drains. Angie’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 Installation. CMG 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.
Angie’s List rates us A+ and now has awarded CMG Sprinklers and Drains for our exceptional customer service in french drain