Does your property lawn or landscape retain water in all the wrong places? Does your landscape beds erode quickly losing mulch and topsoil? If so, your home has a landscape drainage problem. We are a drainage contractor that provide Houston landscape drainage solutions and service in most surrounding communities. Call us today at (713) 396-3320 or fill out our Free no commitment landscape drainage quote. One of our certified drainage specialists will be happy to see you on site. Don’t pay more for less service!
Remember that water always flows downhill and takes the path of least resistance. If the water does not have a way to flow out of your property, it will just sit there, causing your yard to flood. The primary goal of landscape drainage is to build a water flow system that lets the water out of your property by taking advantage of gravity. There are multiple types of drains to remove water from your property. In Houston, most residential properties can use one or a combination of the following draining systems to fix their water retention problem.
A modern version of a french drain is a slightly sloped trench that uses a PVC or plastic pipe with perforations over river rocks or washed gravel. It is used to divert water out of your house in a controlled fashion. A properly designed and built landscape french drain system will prevent water from penetrating a building or home’s foundation. The dimensions of a french drain will vary depending on the terrain and volume of water need to be redirected. However, a typical residential Houston landscape drainage system is 18” deep and 8” wide with a 4” PVC perforated pipe. To learn more click on the link or picture of the french drain.
PROS: French drains are proven to work and can solve most if not all of Houston’s residential drainage problems. When constructed properly, they are easy to maintain, and last for many years without repairs.
CONS: They can be costly to build as it requires piping, rock, and lots of labor. In a residential french drain installation, it can easily cost $1800 for a well made french drain system.
If your property surroundings allow it, you can build a trench landscape drainage to channel the water out. It can be as unsophisticated as sloping the terrain to form channels for the water to flow out of the property. You can also dig a shallow trench and line it with river rock that will channel the water out of the property. The use of landscape liner needed to keep the gravel clean from mud and other small debris. In other words, using landscape fabric will also prevent erosion. Water will flow downhill, so all you need to do is direct it out of the property. You usually want to maintain a minimum of a three-degree slope so water will flow properly.
Pros and Cons
PROS: The benefit of using this method is that it is often the most cost-effective method of fixing water problems. If the property layout allows it, it is an excellent affordable method to divert excess water.
CONS: The problem with this method is that most residential properties in Houston, Katy, Richmond or Sugar Land, TX have neighbors around them. If you redirect water using this method. In other words, you could be sending water to your neighbor and potentially causing a feud. The other major problem is that it may not be enough when a large amount of water flows into your property during hard rains. Water may not flow out fast enough and cause temporary water retention that may damage your house if it rises too much. Furthermore, it may not protect the foundation of your home correctly over time due to erosion.
Catch basin system are typically used to divert water away from your homes by taking the water from the home’s gutter system. It can also be used to channel water out from a low spout section of your lawn. The catch basin is usually constructed of plastic and uses PVC or plastic piping to channel the water. In conclusion, call us Today or fill out a landscape drainage quote to better assist you.
PROS: In many cases, this alone can fix excess water problems. If the existing water problems are not drastic, a catch basin drain system is the way to fix it at an affordable price.
CONS: In many cases, the catch basin drain system needs to work in conjunction with other drainage solutions such as a french drain and downspout drain. Many times, the catch basin system is only part of the solution.
Looking at the downspouts and the diverters of a building are the first thing a professional drainage landscaper will do. In most cases, your roof is the primary source of excessive water during rains. If the water not guided away from the building, it can cause foundation problems and water retention problems. It will also tend to erode mulch and dirt from landscape beds or cause muddy grounds. By filling our FREE drainage quote, we can better assist you in your drainage needs.
PROS: Easy to install and spot problems that will need downspout drainage and diverter.
CONS: It may need to be in use of conjunction with other drainage solutions. It is not necessarily a comprehensive lawn drainage solution.
In the Houston area, most people are unfamiliar with a sump-pump drainage system. Unlike other landscape drainage systems, a sump pump drain is multi-purposeful, submersible, and electric-powered—requiring a licensed electrician to run the power source to the drain. Typically, most standard residential homes only require a half-horsepower pump, which can pump 70 gallons per minute (more than enough for ordinary homes). With several horsepower, performance, and switch options, the sump pump drain can be adjusted to fit your specific residential needs. Houston Landscape Pros uses the best product available for the job; hence, “do it right the first time and don’t pay more for less service.” Established in 1941, Little Giant has been around for 75 years, with the most celebrated portfolio in the market. 100% American made in Oklahoma. Little Giant is also known worldwide for its innovation, efficiency, and quality.
Houston Landscape Pros will install the sump pump in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and will warranty for three years from the date of installation. To learn more about sump pump system click on the picture or this link.
PROS: Pumps more water than a traditional 4-inch pipe and used in conjunction with any of the conventional drainage systems. In other words, it includes an effluent sump and sewage back up power system adapter. That protection allows contractors to provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their property is not flooding in case the electricity goes out.
CONS: The entire drainage system is too dependent on power, which can be a problem in case of a power outage. Also, if the pump gets clogged, the whole system fails. Regular maintenance checkups of the residing reservoirs are necessary to ensure freedom from all debris that can potentially clog the system.
A pop-up emitter is a point that releases the water from a more extensive drainage system. The water pressure causes the top to “pop-up” and release the excess water. It closes on its own when there is a lack of pressure. The pop-up emitter activates when there are no cuts to the curbs. It works very well with the downspout drainage system. Do not forget to submit a FREE quote today!
PROS: Since it works exceptionally well with downspouts, cuts are not necessary to the curbs.
CONS: Because the pop-emitter uses water pressure to allow water to escape the pipes, it will not use the maximum capacity of the 4-inch PVC pipes. Because of the flash floods that are known to occur in the Houston area, if more than 11 inches of rain come into the system in less than 4 hours, the pop-emitter will not let water flow out fast enough, and excess water will resurface in the original problem area.