Behind the picture-perfect landscape of your outdoor area, there’s an underlying system which makes it all work—a functioning drainage system. If you have a relatively flat outdoor area, a proper drainage is needed to ensure it doesn’t turn into a swamp when heavy rains come in.
Even a difference in elevation poses a problem as low-lying areas become the catch basin for all the excess water the ground and plants cannot absorb.
To take care of all this excess water, we’ll discuss the different drainage systems you can install in your backyard. Take note each drainage system is designed to solve different drainage problems.
If you have a lot of stagnant water on the surface of a relatively flat terrain, you may opt for a French drain. This is an in-ground trench or pit which acts not only as a drain but also as a water collection system which lets reserved water flow back to the surface of your yard. If you want to keep your yard from turning into a swamp and still conserve water, look into installing French drains in your outdoor area.
While French drains are a good solution for problem spots, it is not designed for a more expansive drainage problem. If the standing water covers a wide area of your backyard, an underground drainage will address it more efficiently than a French drain. This drainage system uses a system of pipes, usually plastic, which directs excess water into a storm drain. While this underground drainage may seem costly to install than the French drain, its long-term benefits will offset the expense.
Installing the right drainage system needs a thorough site inspection and mapping before anything else. Our team can walk your property, look for low spots and identify problem spots in your outdoor area.