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French Drain, Sprinkler Repair, Angie’s List Award Winner –

French Drain Installation is a primary focus for CMG Sprinklers and DrainsAngie’s List has awarded us their Customer Service Award for the State of Oklahoma for top quality French Drain Installation.  Along with the French Drain Customer Service Award, Angie’s List has given CMG their top A+ Rating and placed us at the top of their website for Oklahoma French Drain Installation.

CMG also installs a variety of other types of Drains.  Our Drainage Systems may utilize: French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump Pumps.  In the past 21 years, we have installed French Drains to keep water away from home and business foundations, Surface Drains to keep water away from sidewalks and driveways,  Trench Drains, and French Drains to keep standing water out of flowerbeds and yards, and Sump Pumps to remove water from basements and outdoor low lying areas.

French Drain with stepping stones

French Drain with stepping stones

 

French Drains can be installed by themselves, or as part of a Drainage System that uses other French Drains, Surface Drains, or other Drain combinations.  Typically a French Drain is used to protect a broad area that has a lot of standing water.  A French Drain might run along side a homes foundation, or beside a driveway, or on any Drainage Project where Sub-Surface water is the primary problem.  If water is running toward your home under ground ( through sandy soil), A French Drain is the only Solution  for draining away water flowing under ground.

 

If you live in Oklahoma City and need a French Drain installed in your yard, or along your driveway, or near your foundation, give CMG a call.  If you live in Edmond or Norman and need a Surface Drain installed in the concrete in your sidewalk or driveway, we can help.  If you live in Mustang or Yukon and would like to protect your trees or flower beds from standing water with a French Drain, CMG specializes in just that!

Cutting the curb for a French Drain Outlet

Cutting the curb for a French Drain Outlet

 

Now is a great time to consider a new Lawn Sprinkler Irrigation System by CMG. CMG Sprinklers and Drains installs top of the line Sprinkler Systems that are dependable and last for decades.  Yes, I said decades!  We warranty our sprinklers for two years,  but we build them to last much longer.  We started small in Norman in 1993.  The sprinkler systems installed that year, to my knowledge are functional and going strong.

From time to time CMG Service Experts must work on a sprinkler system that we installed.  Usually it is for reasons beyond our control like, “lightning burning up a sprinkler controller” or,  “a customer running over a sprinkler head with their car.”

CMG designed sprinkler systems are fully automatic and self-draining.  When the sprinklers are not running, the system automatically drains the sprinkler pipes under ground.  If it gets cold there is no water in the sprinkler pipes to freeze.

Just what is a French Drain?”  Many times people incorrectly

A French Drain can protect your foundation!

use the phrase, “French Drain,”  to apply to many different types of Drains that could be used in a Drainage System.  The term is widely used and many times incorrectly connected to “Surface Drains,” or “Channel Drains.”

A Surface Drainhas a grate that sits on top of a basin.  The basin is underground.  A Drain Pipe is connected underground to an outlet on the Drain Basin. Storm-Water Drains through the grate into the Drain Basin.  Once in the Drain Basin, water travels out of the basin through a Drain Pipe.  The Storm-Water continues downhill in an underground Drain Pipe to an exit point.

THIS IS NOT A FRENCH DRAIN!

A Surface Drain may come in many different shapes or sizes.  The Drain Gratemay be round or square.  Here is a picture of a common Surface Drain.

A Channel Drainis a type of Surface Drain and many times is installed in concrete across sidewalks or driveways.

Channel Drain

A French Drain is completely different from a Surface Drain.  A basic French Drain consists of a Perforated Drain Pipe in the bottom of a trench.  The Drain Pipe should have a neoprene sock around the Perforated Drain Pipe.   This is to ensure that the Drain Pipe does not become clogged.

The dirt that was taken out to make the trench is hauled away.  It is replaced by some type of small stone or gravel depending on what is desired or available.  I prefer crushed 1 inch lime stone.  It is the most economical option in my area.  Pea Gravel or some other type of small stone can work just as well.    The lime-stone or gravel is placed in the trench on top of the perforated Drain Pipe and filled all the way to the surface (ground level).   In some cases where the French Drainneeds to be deep or is being placed in sandy soil, a special trench liner must be placed in the trench before the perforated Drain Pipeor the Gravel are installed.  This helps maintain the integrity of the trench over time.  It also increases the cost of the French Drain and the amount of time to install it.  I install a trench liner in a French Drain about 20% of the time.  Most of the time a liner in not needed.

French Drain March 2011
A French Drain is designed to handle a large volume of water and cover a large area. The Drain is anyplace the trench goes. It has many applications and can be used in many situations.  It can be installed by itself or incorporated into a Drainage Systemwith Surface Drainsor Gutter Down-Spouts connected to it.
The main downfall of a French Drain is that they, for the most part aren’t very pretty.  They don’t look very nice in a yard once they are completed.
Depending on the area the French Drain is installed and the type of grass around the French Drain, will dictate whether grass grows over the lime stone.  Grass can grow up and through the gravel in the French Drainover time eventually covering the gravel.  This is Ok.  It won’t have a measurable effect on the performance of the drain.
DONT COVER THE GRAVEL IN THE FRENCH DRAINWITH DIRT.  THE FRENCH DRAIN WON’T WORK IF THE TRENCH IS CLOGGED WITH DIRT.  DON’T EVEN INSTALL IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO COVER IT UP WITH DIRT.
DECORATIVE STONE CAN BE USED TO COVER A FRENCH DRAIN AND THEY LOOK GREAT AND LAST A LIFETIME.

French Drains Can Look Great!

Sprinkler System at work!

Are you tired of looking at a brown lawn?  Do you spend long  hours  dragging hoses around trying to keep your lawn green. CMG Sprinklers and Drainscan help with the installation of a new Lawn Sprinkler System.   Instead of getting up early to water your yard, you can sleep in.  Let  your new Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System do all the work.

CMG installs all brands of sprinkler equipment, but we preferRain Bird or Hunter products.

Our Sprinkler Systems carry a 2 year warranty on all  parts and labor.

We  also Service and Repair Existing Sprinkler Systems using top of the  line parts. CMGhas been Installing Sprinkler Systems and providing Expert Sprinkler  Repair Since 1993.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains designs and installs Drainage Systems. Water Drainage is a big concern to home owners and small businesses. Standing Water from Storm-Water runoff can cause all kinds of problems.  Concrete in driveways, sidewalks, and foundations can be damaged.  Prolonged Drainage Problemsallow mold to occur along with deterioration to plants, trees, and property.

 

Sprinklers, French Drain, Sprinkler Repair, Norman, Moore, Edmond, Oklahoma City –

 

French Drain Installation is a primary focus for CMG Sprinklers and DrainsAngie’s List has awarded us their Customer Service Award for the State of Oklahoma for top quality French Drain Installation.  Along with the French Drain Customer Service Award, Angie’s List has given CMG their top A+ Rating and placed us at the top of their website for Oklahoma French Drain Installation.

 

CMG also installs a variety of other types of Drains.  Our Drainage Systems may utilize: French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains, Basin Drains, and Sump Pumps.  In the past 21 years, we have installed French Drains to keep water away from home and business foundations, Surface Drains to keep water away from sidewalks and driveways,  Trench Drains, and French Drains to keep standing water out of flowerbeds and yards, and Sump Pumps to remove water from basements and outdoor low lying areas.

French Drain with stepping stones

French Drain with stepping stones

 

French Drains can be installed by themselves, or as part of a Drainage System that uses other French Drains, Surface Drains, or other Drain combinations.  Typically a French Drain is used to protect a broad area that has a lot of standing water.  A French Drain might run along side a homes foundation, or beside a driveway, or on any Drainage Project where Sub-Surface water is the primary problem.  If water is running toward your home under ground ( through sandy soil), A French Drain is the only Solution  for draining away water flowing under ground.

 

If you live in Oklahoma City and need a French Drain installed in your yard, or along your driveway, or near your foundation, give CMG a call.  If you live in Edmond or Norman and need a Surface Drain installed in the concrete in your sidewalk or driveway, we can help.  If you live in Mustang or Yukon and would like to protect your trees or flower beds from standing water with a French Drain, CMG specializes in just that!

Cutting the curb for a French Drain Outlet

Cutting the curb for a French Drain Outlet

 

S AND DRAINS – 405-226-0629  – 

Emergency Sprinkler Repair Service Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Drainage Systems French Drains Surface DrainsSump Pumps Rain/Freeze Sensors Scheduled Sprinkler Repair

Servicing Central Oklahoma including: Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Midwest City, Del City, Yukon, Mustang, Moore, Norman, Purcell, Newcastle, Blanchard and surrounding areas.  For an additional charge we will travel outside Central Oklahoma. CMG has installed Sprinkler Systemsand Drainage Systemsas far away as Ardmore, Altus, or Tulsa.

405-226-0629  E-mail — cmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

Do you need to make Lawn Irrigation easy?  Are you tired of dragging hoses around trying to keep your lawn green? CMG can help with the installation of a New Sprinkler System.  We have provided expert Sprinkler Installation and Sprinkler Repair since 1993.

Sprinkler Systems designed by CMG are SELF DRAINING.  When the Sprinkler System is not running, the Sprinkler Pipes drain underground.  This ensures that the Sprinkler Pipeswill not freeze in the winter.   CMG Designed Sprinkler Systems are also fully automatic.  Your Sprinkler System can run on its own any time you want, day that you want, or as long as you want.

IN-LINE SPRINKLER PIPE DRAIN

CMG can also install a Rain/Freeze Sensorthat will turn off your Sprinkler Systemif it is too wet or too cold to water and you are not available to turn off the sprinkler system.  ( If your on Vacation for example)  The Rain/Freeze Sensorwill also turn the Sprinkler Systemback on again when it gets dry enough or warm enough to water again.  PRETTY COOL!

Sprinkler Repair!  Wow, What can I say?  We have provided Expert Sprinkler Repair Since 1993.  In that time we have come across almost everything:  Dogs biting off sprinkler heads —  Snakes inside Sprinkler Valve Boxes Broken Sprinkler Pipes under driveways —Crushed Sprinkler Valveswhen a trash truck backed up into a yard

Don’t Worry!  CMG also fixes the boring stuff too.  Actually we prefer it.

Broken Sprinkler Pipe

Wow, we have a new twist on sprinkler repair.  Broken sprinkler pipes occur for all kinds of reasons. Sprinkler Pipes break because:  1.  They freeze (usually due to poor installation)  2.  Cars or trucks drive up in yards and break them.  3.  They blow apart under pressure (usually because primer was not used when the pipes were glued together).

This year we have had a lot of calls to fix leaking or broken sprinkler pipes due to Earth Quake Damage.  I would expect that in California, but Oklahoma?  Since 1993 CMG has fixed sprinkler systemsfor all kinds of reasons.  Earthquake damage is something new.

Lawn Sprinkler Systems develop problems and need maintenance from time to time. CMGcan help with small sprinkler problemssuch as a broken sprinkler head or a sprinkler controller programming problem.  We also deal with larger sprinkler problemslike redesigning sprinkler zones or replacing sprinkler valves. CMG also does sprinkler systems checkups to test your irrigation system for possible problems that you may not be aware of.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains can help with:

1. Sprinkler Controller Problems

2. Leaking Back-Flow Valves

3.  Leaking Sprinkler Pipes

4.  Shorted or disconnected Sprinkler Valve Wires

5. Sprinkler Zones or Sprinkler Stationsthat won’t work

6. Broken Sprinkler Heads

7.  Sprinkler Head Adjustment

The Sprinkler System Problems  listed above are the most common Sprinkler Problemsthat we deal with.

CMG Sprinklers and Drains can help if you need to re-design your Sprinkler System.  If for example you are adding a swimming pool in your back yard, we can move the Sprinkler Heads and Sprinkler Pipesto fit the new dimensions of your yard.  We can redesign or add-on to sprinkler systems where the home owners needs change.

If you have questions concerning sprinkler systems or drainage systems please send us an e-mail atcmgsprinklers@hotmail.com

Hard rain in Oklahoma is common.  Many homes and businesses have drainage problems. Standing water from storm water runoffcan cause damage to grass, trees and shrubs, not to mention foundations, sidewalks and driveways. CMG can design and install a drainage system that may be complex using several types of drains, or basic using just a French Drain or a Surface Drain.  It depends on the customer’s needs.

CMG utilizes:  French Drains, Surface Drains, Channel Drains, Trench Drains, Basin Drains, Basement Drains, andSump Pumps.

CMG services Central Oklahoma, including: Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Del City, Edmond, Mustang, Yukon, Purcell, Blanchard, Newcastle, and all surrounding areas.

CMG can also help with a variety of Drainage Problems Ranging From Yard Drainage to Basement Drainage.   Specializing in:  French Drains, Channel Drains, Surface Drains, Trench Drains, Sump Pumps, and Basement Drains.

Servicing:  Oklahoma City, Moore, Edmond, Norman, Mid West City, Yukon, Mustang, Del City, Blanchard, Purcell.

My name is Blane Callen. I have owned and operated CMG Sprinklers and Drains since 1993.  I take great pride in my work.  The Letters “CMG” stand for the first letter of the first name of each of my children.  ( Chance, Melissa, Garrett )  = CMG

I have amassed a great deal of experience designing and installing sprinkler systemsrepairing sprinkler systems, and designing and installing drainage systems.  Like everyone,  I have made mistakes, but I have learned from them.  As a result I get calls from time to time from other sprinkler and drainage companies that have run into a problem that they can’t handle.  I am always glad to help.

I usually don’t take money up front for Sprinkler Installation, Sprinkler Repair, or Drain Installation.  I prefer that the customer pay me when the job is complete and they are happy with the work.  In a few cases on very large jobs I request a draw or outlay for parts.  The parts are delivered from my supplier to the address where the job is being done and equal the amount of the draw.  The parts stay on the premises until they are installed.

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