Yard drainage is a problem that many Dallas, TX homeowners deal with. There are lots of different solutions to this problem, but one of the absolutely most effective are French drains. Not only do they help keep water away from your foundation, but they also help keep the soil surrounding the length of the drain from becoming oversaturated. Before knowing if a French drain is right for you, it is important to understand what a french drain is, and how they work.
What is a French drain?
A french drain is essentially a trench that contains a perforated pipe and fine gravel. That pipe starts at flooded are and then continues downhill to a point where the water can be released. That trench is then covered back up with fabric and grass so that it looks like it is not even there!
Interestingly, the French drain did not originate in France! The name actually comes from the Massachusetts farmer, Henry French, who invented it.
How do French drains work?
The function of a French drain is to give water an easy route to flow away from your property. The reason that French drains are so effective is its perforated pipe and gravel, rather than just having a buried pipe that leads from the drain field to the street. The gravel and perforations in the pipe allow the surrounding soil to drain as well. If sloped and buried correctly, the French drain will keep water from pooling in your yard and causing all kinds of problems.
Are French drains worth it?
French drains are very effective, especially for yards that have access to a location where water can be diverted to. While there are other solutions for poor drainage, here are a few things that set French drains apart from the rest.
- Affordable – With minimal materials and equipment required, French drains are among the more affordable options for improving your yard’s drainage.
- Effective – Of all the different types of yard drainage solutions, French drains are absolutely among the most effective
- Concealable – a french drain can be easily buried and covered with grass.
- Ease of Installation – Not only are they relatively inexpensive, but French drains tend to be quick and easy to install.
Things to remember before getting a French drain installed
Remember that approval is required by the city or neighbors if the drain will extend into public or private property. French drains do require maintenance from time to time. Like any form of drainage system, there is the chance that they can get clogged. Maintenance is important to keep in mind when deciding if you want to cover the drain up with grass. Covering the drain up with grass this makes maintaining the drain more of a hassle.
If you are still unsure if a French drain is the correct solution for your drainage problem, or want some more details on the installation process, please contact CGreen’s Landscape Management right away! CGreens has been helping greater Dallas, TX homeowners improve their yards for 40 years now. We are the local experts on drainage control, and we are here to help make sure that your yard is exactly how you want it to be. Please contact us to schedule a service today!