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Recently we installed a large Drainage System in OKC. It was a 4 inch System using 4 inch ADS French Drain Pipe with Soc and 4 inch ADS Solid Drain Pipe. The “Intake” of the Drainage System had two parts. Water from the gutters on the house was fed into the Drainage System. There were 7 gutter downspouts around the entire house that were connected straight into the Drainage System with Solid Drain Pipe and a Gutter connection.
Installing a curb outlet takes experience and skill. We cut the curb with a concrete saw. Water is used with the saw to make better cuts and to keep the concrete dust to a minimum. The cut in the curb will be at least two inches wider than the curb outlet that will be set in concrete. This ensures strength and longevity. When installing the cement we use cement with Acrylic to further ensure the strength of the outlet. It takes a while for the concrete to cure. The new concrete will be darker than the surrounding curb for a while but eventually it will match up.
We cut the sod out by hand when installing Solid Drain pipe. The sod is set to the side while the 4 inch pipe is installed. Then some of the dirt is placed back on top of the drain pipe and the sod is placed back in its original position. Some of the dirt is left over that is displaced by the new drain pipe. That dirt is hauled away.
Sprinkler Repair — Leaking Sprinkler Pipes, Broken Sprinkler Heads, Back-Flow Valve Problems, Moving Sprinkler Heads, Adjusting Sprinkler Heads, Sprinkler Wire Problems, Controller Programming Trouble, Sprinkler Valve Problems. We do it all.
Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair 405 203 9419
Sprinkler Repair is an ongoing issue for any sprinkler system. Folks in Central Oklahoma are turning on their Sprinkler Systems and discovering problems. We fixed several leaks in a Sprinkler System in Edmond. The sprinkler pipes were leaking in several places. Each leak had to be cut out and replaced. The Sprinkler System was fairly new. It was installed last summer by a Pool Company that also installs cheap sprinkler systems. All the joints in the sprinkler pipes were glued together with clear PVC Cement. That part is OK, But they cut some corners and didn’t use PVC Primer with the glue. As a result the joints didn’t bond very well and many of them blew apart this spring when the sprinkler systems was turned on. (Thus all the leaks) I suspect we will have to go back several times to fix additional leaks. We can only warranty the PVC joints that we have replaced. Cheaper isn’t always better.
Today we did a sprinkler repair in Norman. The sprinkler system needed a checkup. We went through each sprinkler zone and identified several different problems. Zone 2 had a cracked sprinkler pipe in a flower bed. Zone 4 had a broken sprinkler rotor on the edge of the driveway that had been driven over and broken. Zone 6 and 7 each had a couple of pop-up spray heads that were worn out and would not pop-up. The diagnosis and the repair took less than two hours. Now their sprinkler system is running great!
Recently we fixed a sprinkler system that was poorly installed.
- The Sprinkler System Company that installed it didn’t know what they were doing. There was no Master Valve installed in the Sprinkler System. As a result, The Sprinkler Pipe between the water meter and the Sprinkler Valves stayed pressurized all the time. This is bad during a cold snap in Oklahoma. If a Master Valve and In-Line Pipe Drains had been installed originally, there would be no broken sprinkler pipes when it got too cold. The Sprinkler Pipes would drain automatically.
If you live in Oklahoma City and need a French Drain installed in your yard, or along your driveway, or near your foundation, give us 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,Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair specializes in just that!
Servicing all of Central and Western Oklahoma
French Drain Installation In Downtown Oklahoma City
|French Drain connected to gutter|
A little bit North of Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair installed a 6 inch French Drain between two businesses which were less than three feet apart. The French Drain went between a Law Firm and a Tire shop. Water was leaking through the walls of both businesses. Gutters between the two establishments were dumping a huge amount of water. We installed a 6 inch French Drain between the two.
It took a long time to get the dirt out of the trench for the French Drain. It was a very tight fit. We had to use a little red wagon to haul out the dirt for the French Drain and haul back in the crushed limestone for the French Drain. It looked a little silly, but it was the only thing we could find that was narrow enough to fit between the buildings. A French Drain that normally would take 1 day to install took three.
|Curb Outlet for French Drain|
The French Drain had a Double Exit Point. This means that once water entered the French Drain Pipe, it could run South to the street or it could run North to the alley. To exit points greatly increases the water capacity for any French Drain.
Once in place, the French Drain eliminated all the water that was leaking into the two buildings.
Drainage Problem Solved!
We install 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 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 us 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, We specializes in just that!
Hard rain in Oklahoma is common. Many homes and businesses have drainage problems. Standing water from storm water runoff can cause damage to grass, trees and shrubs, not to mention foundations, sidewalks and driveways. Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair 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.
French Drains as part of a Drainage System –
Many times people use the term ” French Drain” as general name for a Drain used in or around your home. French Drains are designed to move a lot of water over a large flooded area. They are also designed to take water in on the surface of the ground or below the surface of the ground. This is very important if the water coming into the flooded area is moving through the ground or coming up from underneath. ” Sub Surface Water Movement.” The picture below is not a French Drain!
A French Drain looks like this
A French Drain can take in water in a broad area. It can move a much larger volume of water compared to a Surface Drain. Also, it can move sub surface water moving into the area where a Surface Drain won’t move any water at all.
Surface Drains are designed to move surface water only on a smaller scale in confined areas.
Each solves specific drainage problems. A Drainage System may use one or both together or even several using many types of drains.
Do you have standing water in a large area in your yard? Typically this calls for a French Drain. A French Drain is a great way to control standing water in a large grassy area. It can also protect areas from flooding to a certain degree. As long as the French Drains capacity to move water is not exceeded. If the French Drains capacity is exceeded then water will stand in the drainage area until the rain stops and the drain has time to catch up. A good way to prevent this is to install a bigger French Drain with a larger pipe. The difference between a 3 inch French Drain and a 6 inch French Drain is huge.
Another way to beef up a French Drain is to connect gutter down spouts in front of the French Drain. The water coming off the roof causes suction in the French Drain Behind it. This greatly increases the French Drains ability to move water without increasing the size of the French Drain Pipe.
If you need water drained away from your home or business, Give Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair a Call.
405 203 9419
In the above picture no landscaping or special stone was used for the French Drain. Initially it won’t look great, but in this case the French Drain was in an area that got a lot of sun. The grass will spread and put out runners and eventually cover the French Drain. This is a good thing. It produces a “Thatch” filter on top of the drain and helps keep the drain from clogging and greatly increases the longevity of the Drainage System. The trick is not to put dirt on top of the French Drain Gravel. This is a big mistake and will reduce the effectiveness of the French Drain. Just be patient and the grass will cover. We had a customer that had success speeding up the growth process by sprinkling grass seed into the French Drain Gravel.
Since 1993 we have gained a lot of experience addressing drainage problems. Drainage problems can be complicated. The solution is not always clear to the untrained eye. Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair has repaired or overhauled many french drains and drainage systems that were installed by, “weekend warriors, a brother-in-law, or a landscaping company that also installs drains.” They all can install Drainage Systems, Just not very well. We have over 26 years of experience DiagnosingDrainage Problems. This ensures that a Drainage System that we install won’t have Drain Pipes that are too small, or Surface Drains installed where French Drains Should be placed, or Exit Points that allow water to Stand and become stagnant. The above examples are just three of many “Pit – Falls” that our experienced Drainage System Experts can easily avoid.
Recently we installed a French Drain inside the court yard of a rest home in Norman. We had several interesting challenges to overcome that were not typical for a French Drain Installation. The court yard was in the center of the home and was a secure area for the patrons. We had to put down painters tarps to run our wheel barrows over. We took out 44 loads of dirt and brought in 52 loads of Crushed one inch lime stone for the French Drain. Each trip was over a hundred yards from the trailer in the parking lot, in the front door, down the hall, making two turns along the way. Each time we had to be escorted by security. Needless to say, the installation of this particular drainage system took a while.In the above picture, the French Drain runs along the low area crossing all the areas where water would stand each time it rained.
When a French Drain is installed, a big mistake that is made by many people is to cover up the gravel with dirt. This is a big mistake. Basically it is ” Putting the cork back in the bottle.” If the French Drain is in full sun and has a type of grass surrounding it that spreads on its own such a ” Tift” or “Bermuda” , Grass will grow over it and the French Drain will eventually disappear. Grass covering a French Drain is a good thing if it grows across the drain without adding dirt. The Grass thatch acts a water filter preventing clogging and extending the life of the Drainage System.
When a French Drain is in Full Shade, or the surrounding grass will not spread on its own, such as with Fescue, other steps must be taken. One option is to just leave it alone. If you don’t mind how it looks, it will drain a large amount of water for many years. Many times a French Drain can be a landscaping focal point. They can be dressed up with all kinds of Rocks and Stones and Plants.
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 Drain has 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 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 Drain needs to be deep or is being placed in sandy soil, a special trench liner must be placed in the trench before the perforated Drain Pipe or 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
Oklahoma Drainage and Sprinkler Repair recently diagnosed a Drainage Problem in South Oklahoma City. The Home owner had a sump Pump in their basement that was fed from a French Drain outside the Basement Wall. The French Drain was 14 feet down along the Stem wall of the house. The French Drain Pipe was cheap and had collapsed. We brought in a Mini Excavator and dug up the pipe and replaced it with Durable ADS 4 inch perf/soc French Drain pipe. In the end, we were able to dig up the pipe and Replace it.
Next we installed a new exit for the water by installing a curb fitting.
No more flooding in the customers basement. A few weeks later our customer was able to lay carpet in the basement with no problems.
Installing Drainage Curb Fitting for a French Drain in Norman
Curb Fitting with Acrylic Cement For French Drain
FRENCH DRAIN CONNECTED TO GUTTERS
Many different types of Drains can be hooked together by one Drain Pipe. The Drain Pipe then running to an Exit Point makes up a Drainage System. One common type of Drain used in a Drainage System is A “French Drain.” Many times a French Drain is installed close to a building foundation or in a low area next to a home or business. This puts the French Drain in close proximity to Gutter Down Spouts. Rather than have water come off the roof and out the Down Spout and on to the ground below, many times it is much better to tie a Gutter Down Spout Directly into a French Drain or near by Drain Pipe depending on the Drainage System Design. Connecting The Down Spouts Directly into a French Drain is much more efficient and causes suction to occur in the French Drain. Connection of Gutter Down Spouts to a French Drain makes the Drainage System work better.