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Drainage problems in your yard can lead to pooling, mold or water damage in or around your home.

In most cases, it’s pretty obvious where the water is coming from. Often there’s a slope approaching the house, a depression in the yard that causes pooling, or excess roof water draining next to the foundation. You can take care of minor foundation drainage problems by making sure the soil slopes away from the house.

Also, properly installed gutters, with a well-directed downspout that empties clear of the foundation, can be very effective. If you’ve already zeroed in on those solutions and still have problems, then you probably need to install a ground and yard drainage system.

Here are a few common types of ground and yard drainage systems we install.


Ground and Yard Drainage System - ACP


French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock and contains a perforated pipe. The trench is typically sloped to facilitate the flow of water away from an area prone to waterlogging or flooding.

The perforated pipe collects and redirects excess water underground, away from the surface, preventing saturation of soil and potential damage to structures.
French drains are commonly used around foundations, in yards, or alongside retaining walls to manage surface water runoff effectively.


Catch basin, also known as a storm drain inlet, yard drain inlet, is a grated structure positioned at ground level to collect surface water runoff and direct it into an underground drainage system.

The grate prevents debris from entering the drainage system, while the basin collects water, which then flows through underground drainage pipes for proper disposal.

It is a good idea to install catch basin at the bottom of every downspout, Water runs into the catch basin and then is taken away by underground PVC pipes.


Channel drain, also known as trench drain, is a linear drainage system consisting of a narrow channel with a grated cover.

Channel drains collect surface water runoff from paved surfaces such as driveways, patios, or sidewalks, preventing water accumulation and potential damage.

Channel drain is highly effective at rapidly removing surface water from paved areas. Their linear design allows for continuous water capture along the length of the drain, preventing water buildup and minimizing the risk of flooding.


  1. Site Evaluation: Conduct a thorough evaluation of the site to assess factors such as soil type, topography, and rainfall patterns. Understanding these site-specific conditions will inform the outdoor design and placement of ground drains.
  2. Identify Problem Areas: Identify areas of the property prone to water accumulation, such as low spots, depressions, or areas near downspouts and paved surfaces. These problem areas will require specific drainage solutions to address water runoff effectively.
  3. Determine Drainage Needs: Determine the volume and flow rate of surface water runoff to size the drainage system appropriately. Consider factors such as the size of the property, the intensity of rainfall events, and the desired level of protection against flooding and water damage.
  4. Select Suitable Drainage Components: Choose the appropriate types of ground drains, such as French drains, catch basins, channel drains, or dry wells, based on the site conditions and drainage needs. Select drainage components made from durable materials that are suitable for the specific application and environmental conditions.
  5. Design Drainage Layout: Develop a drainage plan that outlines the placement and configuration of ground drains, including the slope or grade of the drains, the location of inlet and outlet points, and the routing of drainage pipes. Ensure that the drainage layout effectively captures and redirects surface water runoff away from vulnerable areas.
  6. Consider Maintenance Access: Design ground drains with easy access for maintenance and inspection. Ensure that access points, such as cleanouts or access covers, are conveniently located and accessible for routine cleaning, debris removal, and inspection of drainage components.
  7. Grade Surrounding Soil: Properly grade the surrounding soil to ensure that water flows towards the ground drains. Grade away from buildings and other structures to prevent water from pooling around foundations and causing water damage.
  8. Install Properly: Follow best practices for installing ground drains, including proper excavation, placement of drainage components at the correct depth and slope, and secure connections between pipes and fittings. Use appropriate backfill material and compaction techniques to ensure stability and proper drainage flow.



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