Does your property lawn or landscape retain water in all the wrong places? Do 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 services 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, it will set into the property, 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 more of the following draining systems to fix their water retention problem:
A modern version of a French Drain System 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 built and designed 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. 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 extensively. They can solve most or 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 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 is 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, then out of the property. You usually want to maintain a minimum of a three-degree slope so the water drains 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, you could be sending water to your neighbor and potentially causing a feud. The other major problem is that the trench 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, the trench may not protect the foundation of your home correctly over time due to erosion.
We use a Catch Basin System to divert water away from your home 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 consists of plastic and PVC or plastic piping to channel out water. Call us today or fill out a free landscape drainage quote so we can 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: Occasionally, the Catch Basin Drain System needs to work in conjunction with other drainage solutions such as a French Drain and downspout drain. In conclusion, the Catch Basin System is only part of the solution.
The first task a professional drainage landscaper does, is examine downspouts and diverters of a building. In most cases, roofs are the primary source of excessive water during rainy times. If the water is 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. Fill out our FREE drainage quote so we can better assist you in your drainage needs.
PROS: Easy to install and identify problems that will need downspout drainage and diverters.
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 any other landscape drainage system, a sump pump drain is a multi-purposeful, submersible, and electric-powered pump. For more information, visit our sump pump drainage page.
PROS: Pumps more water than a traditional 4-inch pipe and used in conjunction with any of the conventional drainage system. However, increases the value of the property. In addition, if necessary, it can drain water uphill instead of relying on gravity to drain out water. Another thing is that there is No cost in maintenance.
CONS: The entire drainage system is too dependent on power, which can be a problem in case of a power outage unless you decide to go with the pump with a backup battery. 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.