The Easiest Way to Fix Drainage Problems

DIY Yard Drainage from FLEX-Drain

FLEX-Drain is the easy-to-use solution to your DIY drainage projects, taking care of your water problems without taking up your time. The expandable, light-weight plastic drain pipes are flexible enough to bend around obstacles making DIY foundation drainage easy. Even for DIY French drains, FLEX-Drain is versatile enough for use in curtain drains, removing standing water and stopping erosion. It is the smartest thing you’ll ever have the pleasure of covering in dirt.

DIY Yard Drainage Solutions for Common Drainage Problems

DIY French Drain or Curtain Drain

French drains and curtain drains are used to divert standing water in low lying areas during rain and wet periods. By installing FLEX-Drain perforated drain pipe below ground, you can create a French drain that will divert the water away from the area, and promote a dry usable surface.

Follow these steps to solve the issue:

1. Locate an area that is lower in elevation than the ponding water, where the water can be diverted.

2. Dig a trench at least 8-12 inches below ground that has a constant downward pitch to create a gravity fed water flow.

3. Install FLEX-Drain perforated, or perforated with sock pipe in the ditch, surrounded with at least 2-3 inches of course gravel, and a minimum of 3-4 inches of top soil.

Result: The water will be absorbed into the pipe and flow downward to the area you designate. Multiple lines can be tied together using the Flexible T/Y and couplers.

DIY Yard Drainage for Stopping Ponding Water

Ponding or puddling water is caused by having a low lying area in a yard or garden surrounded by higher elevation ground, which collects standing water during rain and wet periods. By installing FLEX-Drain perforated drain pipe below ground, you can create a French drain that will divert the water away from the area, and promote a dry usable surface.

Follow these steps to solve the issue:

1. Locate an area that is lower in elevation than the ponding water, where the water can be diverted.

2. Dig a trench at least 8-12 inches below ground that has a constant downward pitch to create a gravity fed water flow.

3. Install FLEX-Drain perforated, or perforated with sock pipe in the ditch, surrounded with at least 2-3 inches of course gravel, and a minimum of 3-4 inches of top soil.

Result: The water will be absorbed into the pipe and flow downward to the area you designate. Multiple lines can be tied together using the Flexible T/Y and couplers.

DIY Backyard Drainage for Preventing Erosion

If you have ever had an area of your home where you were constantly replacing mulch or needing to compact soil around footings or foundations, you know how frustrating household erosion problems can be. Migrating mulch and erosion around footings is a sign that more costly issues of erosion, and potential moisture related foundation damage could eventually appear. Attaching FLEX-Drain downspout adaptors and FLEX-Drain pipe can solve this problem, with a simple and easy installation.

Follow these steps to solve the issue:

1. Locate an acceptable area that is at least 20 ft away from the foundation of your home where the water can be diverted (such as a low lying ditch, out to the curb, or into a below ground gravel pit). The area must have a constant downward slope, starting at a higher elevation, ending at a lower elevation to promote gravity fed water flow.

2. Dig a trench from the end of your downspout to this area, ensuring there is a constant downward pitch to the slope of the ditch from one end to the other.

3. Install a downspout adaptor to the downspout, and install solid FLEX-Drain from the adaptor, into the ditch, covering it with gravel and/or top soil to protect and hide it. Multiple lines can be tied together using the Flexible T/Y and couplers.

Result: he water will be diverted from the end of the downspout through the pipe, stopping the mulch from being washed away, as well as eliminating erosion, and reducing the risk of moisture related foundation damage.

You can also install FLEX-Drain above ground in non-traffic areas, and divert the water toward or around trees, shrubs or bushes. This application requires no digging, and can easily be moved around as desired.

DIY Foundation Drainage for Lawn and Soil Erosion

Lawn and soil erosion is caused when higher elevation areas converge into a central lower elevation area, creating a streaming effect where the water collects and flows downward. Erosion issues typically make growing grass, or maintaining landscaping in these areas difficult. Installing a French drain with FLEX-Drain perforated drain pipe in these areas can greatly reduce the streaming effect. FLEX-Drain, in conjunction with culverts or other drain box systems, will allow the streaming water to flow underground through the pipe, stopping the above ground water from developing into more complex lawn and soil erosion issues.

Follow these steps to solve the issue:

1. Determine if additional drain boxes or culverts will be required to “funnel” the water into the below ground drain pipe, or if the above described French drain application will be sufficient.

2. Dig a trench at least 8-12 inches below ground that has a constant downward pitch to create a gravity fed water flow.

3. Install FLEX-Drain perforated drain pipe, or perforated drain pipe with sock in the ditch, surrounded with at least 2-3 inches of course gravel, and a minimum of 3-4 inches of top soil. 4. Install a culvert or drain box that will work with 4"" pipe at your higher elevation end, and a 4" end cap or pop-up emitter at the lower end to allow the water a place to enter and exit while diverting the stream below ground.

Result: The streaming water will be diverted below ground, stopping the erosion and “wash out” effect of the streaming water, allowing healthy grass or landscaping to be placed above ground.

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The drain for my downspout was misaligned and set in concrete.  Your flexible downspout solved the problem quickly and it works great.

Brian

Nashville, TN

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