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French Drain Installation this week was a little more difficult than normal. Many times the route that a Perforated French Drain Pipe must travel to its exit point is not very easy from an installation point of view. French Drains may have to travel through tree roots, (big ones) under sidewalks, through retaining walls, around swing sets or dog kennels or Mom’s Prize Rose Bush. The 4 inch French Drain we installed this week was in Oklahoma City south of 23rd in an old part of town where all the houses were old 2 or 3 story homes with lots of huge Elm Trees. The Elm Tree in Question actually was just an old stump that had been topped out but not completely removed. They left the roots just for us! The roots were growing into the homes foundation and were right in the way of the path of the French Drain. Forty feet of solid Elm Roots and 4 chain-saw blades later CMG was successful in running a new French Drain through a tree stump. Yuck! “Well you gotta do what you gotta do!”
A little info about French Drain Pipe and Tree Roots. Normally tree roots don’t seek out and penetrate French Drain Pipe. Tree roots seek moisture and residual water that may stay inside Solid Drain Pipe. French Drain Pipe is perforated. Water that does not reach the exit point of the French Drain will seep out of the Pipe into the surrounding dirt. Solid Drain Pipe that is used with Surface Drains can be penetrated and eventually clogged by roots if the pipe does not have good slope or “Fall”. If the solid pipe does not drain well and has residual water, tree roots will seek it out.
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Drainage Systems are designed to protect your home or business from standing water. Storm-Water Runoff can cause damage in many ways. Water from your gutters can seep down into your home’s foundation if it has no good way to drain off. If the temperature then drops below freezing, the water around your foundation can freeze and cause serious damage to the home’s foundation. Foundation repair can cost more than a Drainage System.
Drainage Systems typically make use of , French Drains, Surface Drains, or Channel Drains. Depending on the Drainage Problem, A Drainage System may utilize one or several types of Drains. CMG might install, for example, A Surface Drain in the middle of a driveway that runs to a gutter that is connected into the drain pipe. The Drain Pipe might continue to a French Drain running parallel to a homes foundation. Next the drain pipe might continue to a channel drain cutting across a sidewalk. The Drain pipe might then reach its exit point running out through a curb fitting installed and cemented through the curb.
A Surface Drain basically is a basin that has a grate on the top. A drain pipe is connected to the basin below ground. The water flows in through the grate and down into the basin. The water then exits the Basin through the Drain Pipe and move toward the exit point of the Drainage System. Surface Drains are designed to handle water that accumulates in a low areas. These areas should not be too large or broad, and the water that drains into a surface drain should not be moving very fast. Surface Drains can become overwhelmed if they are placed in an area that must move a large volume of water, quickly. Selecting the correct drain for the specific drainage problem is a benefit that CMG provides through twenty years of experience.