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Drainage Solutions Explained

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Different Kinds of Drainage Solutions

As a homeowner, it’s important to keep the area around your home well drained. If you have ever seen pools of water around your house after a storm you do not have a good drainage system in place. Poor drainage can harm your lawn. If you’re currently looking for drainage installation take a look at ones below and determine which one is a good fit for you.

French Drains

Example of a French Drain

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The French drain is one of the many types of drains that you can have installed in your yard. This drain is created by digging a small trench in the yard and having perforated pipe installed inside. Perforated pipes have small holes inside of them, so when the drain is being installed the pipe will be covered with gravel to keep the holes from getting clogged.

Rainwater tends to travel towards the lowest parts of the yard, so it will end up flowing inside the trench. The water will enter the pipe through the holes and will be transported to another location. Decorative stones can be added to help make the setup a bit more pleasing to look at. Generally, this type of drain works best if your yard is on a bit of a slope.

Downspout Drains

A Downspout Drain title=

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Another type of drain that you can have installed is the downspout drain. Downspout drains are attached to the gutter on your roof, so any water that is captured will flow through the drain and away from your house. If you want a drain that can deal with rainwater that rolls down your roof this is the one to get.

It is important to make sure that the water does flow away from your house. If the water is deposited right next to your house, structural damage can occur. Additional pipes can be connected to the end of the downspout to make sure all the water is taken away. Your contractor can also help you install a catch basin that can catch the water as it exits the downspout.

Channel Drains

A channel drain, also known as a trench drain, is another draining solution you can have in your yard. These long drains are placed in the ground and can catch water through a grate on the top. Once inside, the water is transported away via pipes connected to both ends of the drain.

You may have seen these types of drains used for walk-in showers, but they can also be used in the yard. These drains are nice and wide, so they can capture a good amount of the water left behind by heavy downpours. Channel drains are especially good at dealing with pools of water that build up on the driveway or patio.

Dry Wells

Examples of Dry Wells

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One other drainage solution you can have installed is the dry well. Like a traditional well, dry wells are designed to store water, though dry wells are mainly used to collect the water left behind during storms. Dry wells allow the captured water to soak back into the ground so the soil can be saturated.

There are many different ways to set up a dry well in your yard, and your drainage contractor will help you figure out the best way to go about installing it. Dry wells work well on their own, but they can work in conjunction with downspout drains and French drains for improved drainage. For example, you can place a dry well near a downspout so it can capture the deposited water.

 

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