French Drain

How To Build A French Drain System

In July 4, 2016

Do you have pools of water accumulating in your garden? Or, are you experiencing standing water damage around your landscape? You might be interested in finding out how to build a French drain system.

Our irrigation and drainage systems company specializes in French drainage installations. We design and install French drains in Dallas for both residential and commercial landscapes. Some of the benefits of a professionally installed French drain system include:

  • Superior drain performance
  • Time and cost-effectiveness
  • Easy to disguise after installation

The drainage installation and design process

How do you design and install a French drain system? Here’s a quick overview of the drain installation process.

When water run-off from a roof or hill starts saturating an area of your landscape, lawn can become difficult to maintain. Installing a trench drain system that transports the water to a designated drainage zone helps to avoid this standing water problem.

How do you design the path of the French drain pipes?

In many cases, you will be able to understand your landscape’s design well enough to figure out how the drainage pipes should be laid out for proper water drainage. However, if you’re unsure, its best to contact a professional drainage company to help design and install a French drain system for you. Especially if your landscape is large and complex in nature.

Designing and installing a French drain system

The basic design of a French drain system includes installing a gravel perforated pipe with catch basins. Start by digging out the path where you want to install the pipe. After digging the path, remove any existing pipes as well as loose dirt or grass.

In some cases, you will have to cut through concrete in order to install the drainage pipes. This can be a particularly laborious and messy job. If installing the drains yourself, make sure you invest in the right drain installation tools and equipment. Otherwise, you’ll likely save time and money by outsourcing the French drain system installation to drainage experts.

How deep should you dig the drain trench?

The depth of the drain trench that you dig will depend on the size of your landscape, the pipes involved, and water management needs. Generally speaking, residential trenches are dug around 7’’ when installing French drains. After the trench has been dug, lay the drainage pipes and fill the trench with gravel.

Designing and building a French drain system can take a bit of experience and knowledge. The team at Precision Irrigation Systems has been in the irrigation and drainage industry for close to three decades. We know to build a French drain system carefully and effectively.

Need help? Contact our team today!

Our team understands that many landscape elements have an impact on the design and installation of your French drain. These elements may include your plants, shrubs, lawn gradient, soil, other installed systems, and overall property structure.

Contact the go-to drain installation experts at Precision Irrigation Systems for a high performing French drain system in Dallas. You can contact us by form or phone for more about our drain systems. Get a free landscape service estimate!

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