A retaining wall can sometimes be a necessary landscape feature in a yard with a severe slope. This can help level a yard to create a nice, even, usable surface.
For a retaining wall to stand the test of time, however, proper drainage behind the structure is essential. Backfill that’s too porous and lack of a drainage outlet can cause curves, bulges, overturning and, ultimately, wall failure when the amount of water being collected is too much for the wall alone to handle. Ensuring proper drainage during construction can save thousands of dollars further down the road.
If the water flow from your roof has worn a path in your yard, then you know gutter upkeep isn’t enough to prevent erosion. Proper drainage from your downspout is essential to the health of your yard as well as your house’s foundation. This can easily be achieved with an underground drainpipe from your downspout to a proper receptacle.
However, it’s important to make sure that you’re not causing more damage when you install your drainpipe. Before doing any digging in your yard, dial 811 to be put in contact with your local utility companies for a free marking of utility lines in your yard. You should also make sure you have a proper place to divert the water and that the path from the downspout to the receptacle can maintain a constant downward slope to ensure continuous water flow.
After taking the necessary precautions and determining the path of the drain comes the installation:
- The first step is to measure your work site to ensure that you have the proper length of pipe. It’s also important at this point to make sure you have all the proper fittings as well as the correct number of fittings. Bear in mind that it’s possible to tie multiple lines together with T/Y fittings if you have more than one downspout that needs draining or an additional drainage system. It’s at this point when gathering your supplies that you should decide what fitting you want at the end of your pipe (grate, pop-up emitter etc.)
- Mark out the path of your drain and dig an 8-inch-deep trench the length of the path. This is made very easy by renting a trench digger. It doesn’t cost much, and it creates a nice, even trench for your pipe. Use a shovel to make sure there aren’t any high spots in the trench.
- Install a downspout adapter of the correct size onto your downspout by simply sliding it into place. Connect your FLEX-Drain pipe to the fitting and extend it the length of your trench. This is where FLEX-Drain is at a huge advantage over other drainpipes. Its flexibility allows you to maneuver your drain around any posts or utilities with one solid pipe, eliminating the need for cutting and attaching additional fittings.
- Before backfilling, install an end cap or pop-up emitter at the exit of the drain using a coupler. This isn’t always necessary, but end caps can improve aesthetics and keep animals and dirt out.
- Backfill the trench with topsoil. It’s possible but not necessary to re-sod over the length of the pipe. Simply reseeding the area will make your yard look as good as ever in just a couple weeks.
Optional: As mentioned earlier, it’s possible to tie other drains into this system using T/Y adapters. Whether it’s a French used to eliminate standing water or streaming water or you’re incorporating another downspout, tying additional drainage into your downspout drain is much simpler with FLEX-Drain. No matter where the other drain is in your yard, you don’t need to measure out the connecting pipe. Simply estimate a proper length and FLEX-Drain will expand or contract to meet the downspout drainpipe. Then, it’s as easy as cutting the pipe, attaching some couplers and hooking them all into the T/Y adapter.
Have you ever looked out at your yard during a rainstorm and been shocked to find a rushing rapid where there was once a peaceful lawn? This is called streaming water, and it can occur in hilly yards or anywhere areas of higher elevation converge at lower elevations, collecting water and creating a downward-flowing stream. Streaming water can cause erosion and make growing grass and maintaining landscaping a hassle. Installing a French drain can greatly reduce the adverse effects of streaming water.
FLEX-Drain is the easiest, most cost-effective landscaping drainpipe solution available. Its unique design allows it to stretch, bend and perfectly mold itself to the exact specifications you need, which means less cutting, measuring and time spent installing. With a full line of drain pipes and fittings available, FLEX-Drain is perfect for all landscape drainage applications, including retaining walls, curtain drains, downspout drains and French drains. But just what is it that sets FLEX-Drain apart? It’s a combination of the materials used and award-winning, patented design.
Standing water forms in gullies that are surrounded by areas of higher elevation. They act as a bowl by collecting rainwater, which then stagnates in the sun and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The more mosquitoes you have in your yard, the more you risk exposing your family to West Nile. Additionally, standing water can kill grass and other plants, ruining your landscape. A French drain can be used to divert this water elsewhere, creating a dry, usable surface.
Equally as important as ensuring proper drainage in your yard is deciding where to send that water when it’s being diverted. First off, there are two places that are absolutely off limits for receiving your drain water: someone else’s property and any place near your foundation. Other than that, you have a lot of freedom as to where to place your drain system receptacles.
Damage to a home’s foundation is a serious issue that can be very costly in the long run. To avoid this problem, proper drainage and landscaping must be maintained. Along with gutter upkeep, adequate drainage from the downspout is needed to maintain water flow from your roof. This not only protects your foundation, but also helps prevent soil erosion and basement flooding.
If you’ve ever had an area of your yard where you were constantly raking back and replacing mulch, you know how frustrating migrating mulch can be. However, migrating mulch can be a sign of a much more serious and costly issue: foundation erosion. The issue is usually caused by poor drainage around the outside of your house, specifically from a downspout.