Drains and Water Management
Having problems with water pooling, flooding, or saturating your property? Rain Tamer offers a wide variety of underground drains to keep your property as healthy as possible.
Capillary moisture is essential to good soil characteristics and plant life. However, gravitational moisture, and in many cases surface runoff, constitute excess water that is detrimental to the turf and other plant life. Gravitational water should be removed for turf and plant life to thrive. This can be accomplished with the proper surface drain.
One of the most commonly used products for collecting surface water are catch basins. These are plastic boxes that come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They often have a green or black grate on top where water funnels in. The grate also serves to keep large debris out.
Catch basins have outlets on the sides where drainage pipes are connected to direct away water. Typical sizes are 9”x9”, 12”x12”, and round basins of varying sizes. The size and type are determined by the location and amount of water runoff that the basin will be capturing.
Surface channel drains are rectangular-shaped 4” wide drains that catch excess water and runoff. They can be made as long as needed and can be installed on a variety of surfaces. Like a catch basin they have a grate on top that keeps large debris out and lets water in.
Channel drains are typically installed in driveways that slope towards your garage or home, around pools to catch excess water, or sidewalks, washdown areas, parking lots, or any wide hardscaped surface areas. Channel drains are generally not installed in yards.
There are some cases when surface water is not the primary problem. Rather, the problem is underground. The source of subsurface water is percolation (water moving vertically and laterally underground) that is generally attributed to precipitation or irrigation.
In these situations, French drains often provide the solution. French drains are able to capture water that has percolated into the soil. Soil can only absorb so much water. When it has reached 100% absorption, there is nowhere for the water to go but up. A French drain consists essentially of a trench filled with gravel and a 4”-6” drain pipe with perforations in the bottom of the pipe. The pipe has gravel on the bottom, sides, and top of the drain pipe. Ground water is filtered through the rock, enters in the perforations, and is then emitted to the desired area. French Drain systems are generally complex and must be installed professionally with soil types in mind.
Drainage is simply the process of collecting, routing, and disposing of excess water. In addition to the collection systems above, drains also always need an emission system – a way of disposing of drainage water. There are several options for water disposal.
One option is a pop-up emitter which opens with water pressure and emits the water to a desired location. We can also core a hole in your street curb to allow water to flow directly into the street and the storm drains. In some cases if there is nowhere for the water to drain, a flo-well can be buried deep in the ground and backfilled with gravel for water to pass through and slowly leach into the ground.
If you have questions about your drainage options in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, contact us today at Rain Tamer. We can help you decide which drainage system is right for you and your property.