Before beginning the french drain installation process, the installer must have the proper materials. Houston landscape Pros always chooses the indicated materials that are compliant with city codes. Undoubtedly, for a French drain install, the best pipe to use is PVC SDR-35 piping. In comparison to most pipes used in this kind of drainage it is a little more expensive. However, we have found it to be the most durable product for the french drain install. It protects against root systems and movements in the soil. A French drain install requires a 4-in PVC perforated pipes and solid 4-inch PVC pipes.
Additionally, we use geotextile fabric to prevent dirt from coming into the pipes. After that comes the gravel. In this case, we recommend the most natural gravel available for french drain installations, which is River Rock and Bull Rock. Another essential material is bend-a-board edging. It is durable and made out of recycled material. Lastly, don’t forget the shovel needed to dig the trench for the french drain install!