Landscaping Drainage Installation & French Drain Excavation
Our Apex team of landscaping drainage excavation experts can install French drains or design a drainage system to ensure that any water that comes onto your land is properly controlled. By understanding your particular needs and the specific details of your yard or property, we can work with you to choose the right drainage system to control water runoff and uphold the integrity of your yard and property.
What Happens When Your Yard or Property Doesn’t Drain Properly?
Without a proper drainage system, one heavy rain storm can allow water to collect on your property, potentially drowning your yard’s plants, causing erosion and damaging standing structures. Such damage from standing water is particularly exacerbated by flat land and dense soil, allowing water build-up to turn your property into a soggy, wet swamp.
Improper drainage can cause:
- Uneven Grading
- Soil Erosion
- Dead Plants & Trees
- Mosquito Infestation
At Apex Site Work & Land Clearing, our team of landscaping drainage experts can design a drainage system to ensure that any water that comes onto your land is properly controlled.
By understanding your drainage problem, we can work with you to choose the right drainage system installation to control water runoff and uphold the integrity of your yard, property, and soil.
- Sump Pump Drainage
- French Drains
- Trench Drains
- Catch Basins
- Downspout Drainage
- Pop-Up Drainage
French Drain Excavation & Installation
Named after Henry French–a Massachusetts farmer in the 1850s–a French drain helps to direct the flow of runoff water and prevent standing water accumulation by utilizing the natural tendency of water to flow downhill via the easiest route.
In a French drain system, slightly sloped trenches are dug and filled with gravel or rocks. Perforated pipes made of PVC, plastic or another material are fitted in these trenches, extending away from the property toward the street. While the exact dimensions of an effective French drain vary depending on the amount of water that needs to be redirected and the nature of the terrain, a typical French drainage system is approximately 18 inches deep and eight inches wide.
This French drainage system of trenches and pipes provides a direct and easy channel for rain or groundwater to flow through. Water naturally runs into the trenches, through the pipes and away from your yard and building structures. A properly-constructed French drain system can last for years with little maintenance or repairs, thought the end cost often reflects the extensive labor and material needs of such systems. Our french drain installers are ready to help design and build the perfect drainage system to control irrigation in your yard, home, or land.
Trench Drainage System
Depending on the specific characteristics of your property, you may be able to utilize a simple trench system to divert water off of your land. Building such trenches may be as straightforward as simply sloping the terrain of your land to form a series of channels that allow water to flow off of your property.
In many cases, using a landscape liner in combination with river rocks to line the bottom of such shallow trenches can help keep these trenches clear, prevent mud and other debris from building up, and stop erosion from occurring.
Since water naturally flows downhill, a properly angled trench–typically with a slope of at least 3 degrees–is enough to direct water off of your property.
While a trench drainage system is an extremely cost-effective way of removing water accumulation, it may not be adequate for handling significant amounts of water such as during heavy rains. The effects of erosion over time may also mean that your building foundations are not properly protected.
Catch Basin Drainage System
A catch basin drainage system works by collecting rainwater and other standing water in a series of basins that are covered on the top by grates. As excess water drains into these underground boxes, any sediment or other particles swept up in the water runoff settles at the bottom of the basins, while the water collected in the basins flows away from the property via a piping system. Most catch basin systems are made of plastic and utilize plastic or PVC piping to direct water away from the property.
For minor water drainage problems, a catch basin system can be a cost-effective solution; however, in many cases, such systems must be augmented by French drains or downspout drains to be completely effective.
Downspout Drainage System with Diverters
For many properties, the major source of water accumulation comes from rainwater collecting on roofs. Without a proper system to divert this water away from a building, the collected water can harm the building’s foundation and lead to water retention problems. Erosion of dirt and mulch in landscape beds and muddy grounds are also common with an insufficient downspout drainage system.
Luckily, an effective downspout drainage system with diverters is a relatively easy fix; however, as with a catch basin system, this type of drainage system is not comprehensive and must be used in conjunction with other solutions.
Sump Pump Drainage System
Particularly for properties where French drains or catch basins are not practical, a sump pump can prove very effective at draining water build-up. Installed underground or at the surface near the affected area, these electrical pumps are capable of pumping up to 70 gallons a minute, directing water away from your land and buildings.
While sump pumps can remove water more quickly than many traditional drainage systems, they do need to be hooked up to an electrical source. In the case of a power failure or a clog in the pump, the whole system can fail, allowing water to collect on your property.
Landscape Pop-Up Drainage Emitter
A pop-up drain emitter works with an existing downspout drainage system, carrying water away from a building’s foundation more efficiently and effectively than a typical downspout. Attached via a flexible hose to a downspout, the emitter “pops up” once water pressure reaches a certain point, allowing the water to disperse over a wide surface area and preventing damage and erosion.
Pop-up drain emitters are effective for normal amounts of rain, but for significant storms–more than 11 inches of water in less than four hours–a pop-up emitter may not allow water to flow out quickly enough.
Schedule a French Drain Install or Yard Irrigation System Estimate
When you choose the landscaping drainage excavation team at Apex, we conduct a thorough topography evaluation of your land to asses the best water flow outlets and ideal trench lines before we install french drains or start digging. We believe that drainage systems should be customized rather than “one size fits all,” and we’ll put our expertise and long track-record creating effective landscape drainage systems to work at your property.
To learn more about our landscaping drainage system options or to schedule excavation service estimate, please contact us at (281) 706-5616.