Most Cost-Effective Option Removes Ground Water
When You Need a French Drain:
- Surface water, such as a soggy lawn or driveway
- Water is getting into your basement
- If you’re building a retaining wall on a hillside
Depending on the expected level and volume of rain water or runoff, French drains can be widened or also founded on 2 or 3 underground drain pipes. Multiple pipes also provide for redundancy, in case one pipe becomes overfilled or clogged by a rupture or defect in the piping. A pipe might become overfilled if it is on a side of the drain which receives a much larger volume of water, such as one pipe being closer to an uphill slope, or closer to a roofline that drips near the French drain. When a pipe becomes overfilled, water can seep, sideways, into a parallel pipe, as a form of load-balancing, so that neither pipe becomes slowed by air bubbles, as might happen in a full-pipe with no upper air space.
Low Maintenance Long-Lasting
Underground drainage is definitely the best long-term approach to diverting rainwater away from your home, keeping your foundation safe and basement dry.
Corrugated Perforated Tube
This is an inexpensive solution for directing water from downspouts. It’s simply a corrugated tube made of plastic which sits over the end of the downspout and can be buried underground to direct water within the landscape to disburse, or to a drain.
- Very Inexpensive
- Flexible design can be easily shaped around the property – meaning less joints
- Can withstand natural settlements without suffering cracks or leakages
- Strength of the pipes is given by the corrugated design and not by wall thickness
- Less raw material consumption in comparison to smooth-wall plastic pipes
If you move some serious water, the PVC will last and work better. Once away from everything you can transition to perforated pipe to disperse a small amount of water as it goes toward the exit point. Where the drain passes through areas with trees or shrubs, switch to solid pipe to reduce the risk of roots growing into the piping and clogging it.
- Rigid pipe is easier to install at the proper slope
- Rigid PVC pipe is much more durable and will last longer.
- You can use 4" rigid PVC drainage pipe that has holes along the bottom edge.
Maintenance Free High-Traffic Areas Removes Surface Water Longest-Lasting
A shallow drain is a long narrow trough that runs along the open side of your driveway, patio, walkway or garden. Water flows across the pavement, into the shallow drain, and into an attached drain. The trench is covered with a metal or plastic grate, flush with the ground. Since shallow drains are an effective method of controlling surface water, (especially since we use waterproofing membranes), homeowners can be more confident that unwanted water infiltration will not occur. A surface with multiple slopes to a drain is difficult and unsafe for many people, e.g., a person who is unsteady on his or her feet or someone using wheelchair. br> They can also add interest to an otherwise boring driveway by choosing an attractive filter to run the length of the drain. These installations are typically more expensive, but they are guaranteed to last far longer than any other system and with virtually no maintenance or upkeep.