Divert Water with a French Drain: When do you need them
You may need a French drain if you have water pooling in your yard after a rain or a soggy yard that never seems to dry. A French drain will help divert water away from your foundation and your yard. Here’s how they work:
Water always flows downhill, and by the easiest route possible. That is the basic concept behind a French drain, a slightly sloped trench filled with washed gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your house.
French drains provide an easy channel for water to flow through. Water runs into a gravel-filled trench, then into perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench. Essentially, a French drain is used to divert water to another location.
Water travels freely through the pipe, which empties a safe distance from the house.
The trench bottom should be sloped about 1/8 inches for every foot in the direction you want water to flow. Depending on your situation, the water can be diverted to:
- A low-lying area of your property
- A drainage ditch
- A dry creek bed
- The street
Things we do to extend the life of your French drain.
We line the channel/trench with filter cloth. Then the bottom of the filter cloth will be filled with 2-3 inches of washed pea gravel. A 4 inch perforated corrugated pipe with a filter sock on it will be laid in the channel. The rest of the channel will be filled with washed pea gravel and the filter cloth lining the channel will be folded over on top of it and pinned down with sod staples.
Please keep in mind.
In severely heavy rains/storms or flash flooding a French drain will not prevent water from flooding or pooling. Movement of water is limited to the size of the drain. After a period of time it will divert the water but it will not do it instantly. Have to think of it like pulling the plug from a drain with the bathtub completely full. The water takes time to drain.
Keep your French drain clean
Even though we use filter cloth and gravel it is very important to keep the French drain clean. Silt, mud and leaves can clog a drain. This then would require it being dug up and redone.
Are wet areas in your lawn causing it to stay mushy and/or spongy? If so, you may need a French Drain. Here are some questions you can answer to decide if you have a drainage problem:
1. Is there standing water after a rain which takes several days to go away?
2. Do you have dying grass where the water stayed too long during the Winter months?
3. Are there low areas that just will not dry out until the hot days of Summer?
4. Are there bed areas that do not dry out even during the Summer months keeping plants from staying alive? You keep replacing them but no luck.
A French Drain can solve these problems. Let’s talk about how.
By digging a channel through those areas to drain it off, we can solve it. You see, a French Drain is just that. We look at the area and see where we can drain the water to. The area we will drain is where the French Drain will be installed. After the wet areas has been crossed, we will connect a discharge pipe.
We start the French Drain by hand digging a channel through the area starting out 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. The drain will slope 1/8″ per foot to drain off the water. The channel will be lined with a filter cloth that overlaps it. Then the bottom of the filter cloth will be filled with 2-3 inches of washed pea gravel. A 4″ corrugated pipe with a filter sock on it will be laid in the channel. The rest of the channel will be filled with washed pea gravel and the filter cloth lining the channel will be folded over on top of it and pinned down with sod staples.
You see, a French Drain is only a channel that allows water to soak in from all sides through the pea gravel and removes standing water.
To discuss your wet areas, or to schedule a consultation give me a call at 601-898-1333 or email me at email@example.com.
Ever hear “You Get what You Pay For”?
But what about Quality Service?
You can be rest assured that you get quality service with Love Irrigation. We have been providing the Jackson-Metro communities with quality service and installation in areas of irrigation systems, French drains, landscape lighting, backflow certification and mosquito Mist Away systems for over 30 years.
We would like to share with you what we have learned over the years. We know finding a contractor can be overwhelming. Here are just a few things to think about before making a large investment decision.
When looking for the right company to service your yard’s needs remember that cheapest is not always the best. You may get prices from other contractors that are much lower than ours. Be aware! With the current economy, there are many “newbies” in this business. Most do not have Love Irrigation’s credentials or experience. They do not use the same quality materials. Nor do they have the same quality service standards. Love Irrigation takes pride in providing our customers with commercial quality materials. The technicians and installers for these businesses are usually uninformed and inexperienced. In the long run these types of business do not last. This provides a false impression of the value of professional service and products. This has a negative effect on you, the consumer.
These “Lowballers” are in unable to gain customers by any other means than the low price they offer. They tend to take shortcuts to cut costs. This comprises quality. Businesses like these typically do not stay in business very long. When additional service or warranty work is needed in the future, they are nowhere to be found.
We, at Love Irrigation, set our prices as fairly as possible. We have high standards in not only the product we use but in our quality of work. We firmly believe our experience and quality of service gives peace of mind and is what has kept us in business all these years.