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Moore Oklahoma was the location of our most recent French Drain Installation.  Our customer had a problem that is very common.  Every time it rained, she had a large pond in her back yard.  Water stood there so long that her normally nice Bermuda Grass died out because it was under water so long.  Her house was in a new sub division and her house was one of the first houses to be built.  When she moved in she had no neighbors and no Drainage Issues.  As new houses were built behind her and on both sides, the standing water in her back yard started to be a problem and progressively became worse.

Problem Drainage Area

This is a good spot for a French Drain

This happens in almost every new housing development.  As new houses come in and are being built, the pad that the houses are built on becomes higher and higher.  Each new builder brings in more and more dirt so all the water runs downhill on to the neighbors that have existing houses.  The oldest homes in most neighborhoods have the worst drainage problems.  The newer homes are higher.

To solve our customer’s drainage problem, we installed a 4 inch ADS French Drain with a trench liner and a Soc Filter around the Drain Pipe.  To dig the trench for the French Drain, we had to start digging by hand in 6 inch deep standing water.  As the digging progressed toward the exit point at the street, the water started to drain in the trench before we even had the drain pipe or the gravel installed.  As we dug the mud was put into a wheel barrow and taken to a waiting dump trailer.  Each shovel of mud had to be hauled away immediately to prevent it becoming a huge muddy mess.

Next we installed the trench liner in the trench and then placed the ADS French Drain Pipe in on top of it.  The only thing left was to bring in 67grade crushed limestone to fill the French Drain Trench.

French Drain trench

Trench for a 6 inch Drain Pipe

The Standing Water flowed away immediately and the surrounding ground began to dry out.  Drainage Problem solved.


cutting the driveway for a channel drain

Breaking out the cut concrete


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Channel Drain in Oklahoma City

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Drainage System Installation is a big part of our business.  If you have trouble with standing water after a thunderstorm, or if your sidewalk turns into a moat every time it rains, or worst of all you have water seeping into your home, Give  us a call.  We can quickly diagnose your Drainage problems and design a Drainage System to solve your Drainage Problems.


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.

Surface Drain Installed next to sidewalk in Oklahoma City.

Surface Drain on Sidewalk

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

Surface Drain Installation in Norman

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.

Recently we installed a large 6 inch French Drain in a home in North West Edmond.  The home owner was getting water in their floor Duct Work every time it rained.  Installing a large French Drain along the wall in their flower bed solved the problem.  No longer is water seeping into their foundation and coming up in their vents.

Installing Drainage Pipe coming from French Drain in Back Yard

Installing Drainage Pipe coming from French Drain in Back Yard

Looks like a good place for a French Drain!