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The Different Types of Outdoor Drains

May 01, 2022

The Different Types of Outdoor Drains

We get a lot of rain here in Florida, and our flat geography only adds to the potential issues. Standing water can cause structural damage to driveways, sidewalks, lawns, and even the foundation of your building. Fortunately, there are solutions. There are several types of outdoor drains which redirect the water and save you from headache. In this article brought to you by Sunshine Plumbers, we will go over four of these common types of outdoor drains. If your drains are not doing their one job, then call Sunshine Plumbers to hire one of our dedicated plumbers. We offer drain cleaning, repair, replacement, and installation services.

French Drain

Named after Henry French, a judge and farmer from Concord, Massachusetts, the French drain takes advantage of basic scientific laws. This drainage system relies on gravity to draw water downward and on water’s disposition to always take the path of least resistance.

French drainage includes perforated drainage pipes, set at an angle, that carry water from the flat yard to a designated drainage location, such as the municipal wastewater drain or a rain bucket. The drainage pipes are wrapped in water-permeable fabric to prevent dirt and debris from clogging the perforations in the pipes. Moreover, the soil around the French drainage is replaced with gravel. This makes it easier for water to travel into the pipes. It also further protects against dirt and debris from obstructing the perforations in the pipes.

Trench Drain

No, that is not a typo. The trench drain is similar to the French drain in that they both include a channel which redirects water. However, the French drain is not effective in properties that have a slope leading toward the home. French drains are more useful for flat properties.

While the French drain is used for water that is underground, the trench drain is an above-ground drainage solution. These are common in commercial settings and properties with a slope toward the building. The trench drain is closer to the surface and has grated covering that looks like guttering. The channel itself can be made of a variety of material including concrete, stainless steel, fiber reinforced concrete, and more.

Dry Well

Does water collect at a specific point on your property after heavy rains? The waterlogging can be detrimental for your garden or yard. A dry well might be the solution you are looking for. This drainage option collects all of that water in a deep well before allowing the water to dissipate into the surrounding soil. This is also a good solution for water from gutters and roof downspouts.

Catch Basin

Similar to storm drains you see on streets and parking lots the catch basin collects water runoff and directs it to a reservoir where it is pumped away from the property. This is the solution of choice for large properties and land with heavy clay soil.

Hire a Professional

Having trouble with your drainage system? Call Sunshine Plumbers to consult with a friendly representative. We are happy to send a plumber to your location today. Our services include drain cleaning, repair, replacement, and installation. We are ready when you are.