Drain FAQs

Drain FAQs 2017-11-19T22:28:54+00:00

How do I know if I need a drain?

Drains can help with a variety of problems. The most common issues that drains can solve are water pooling against your house or on your property, excessive runoff water flowing across your property, and leaking or flooding inside your home. If you are experiencing any of these problems, a drainage solution may help.

What kind of drains do you install?

At Rain Tamer we install a variety of underground drains, as well as French drains, in Oklahoma City and the surrounding metro. We offer drainage solutions for virtually any situation, so call us at (405)726-8106 to see if we can help you.

What’s the difference between a French drain and a surface drain?

The biggest difference between a French drain and a surface drain is placement. Surface drains are partially or entirely on the surface and are covered by a grate. French drains are buried in the ground and covered by a loose material such as gravel.

In terms of function, French drains are usually used to solve saturation problems like soggy or swampy ground or water pooling in the yard. Because they are buried underground, French drains help move water out of the soil and into the drainage system, which then carries the water off your property. Many houses and businesses in Oklahoma are built on soil with poor drainage. Our clay-rich “red dirt” doesn’t absorb water well, leading to flooding and other problems. French drains can help prevent these issues and lead to drier, healthier soil.

Surface drains, on the other hand, are reserved for hardscape areas like paved driveways, patios, parking lots or flat roofs. They function in much the same way as gutters – they catch water flowing in and channel it towards a central drainage point. Surface drains are a good solution if you have water flowing toward your home or business from a hardscaped area or if you have water pooling in the middle of a large, flat area.

How long does a drain installation take?

The length of time it takes to install a drain depends on the type and size of the project. Most underground drain installations can be completed in a day. Surface drains generally take longer as the concrete used to make the drain will have to cure before the drain is finished.

Can you repair or expand an existing drain?

Yes, we can help increase the water handling ability of a drain that was previously installed. We can also diagnose any problems with an existing drain and recommend solutions.

Where do drains take the water from my property?

In most cases, a surface drain or French drain will channel water away from your property and into a public drain such as a storm drain or street drain. If your property is too far from a public drainage system or sewer line, your drain will simply channel water away from your home or business. The best way to find out where your drain will take water is to arrange a meeting with our team. One of our drainage experts will show you your options for drain placement and give you an estimate for the time and cost of the work.