Drainage Systems

Drainage Systems

Exterior Water Management System

Poor drainage can cause a number of problems. It can damage your landscaping, harming your plants by providing them with too much water while eroding the soil. Puddles can form that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other unpleasant creatures. And, if those puddles form around your deck, patio, outdoor kitchen or fireplace, among other things, they can cause unsightly mold to form.

Exterior water management is crucial and necessary in order to protect your outdoor living spaces from harm. An advanced drainage system will prevent water from building up and getting into your house through the foundation. It will also protect your landscaping and all of your outdoor living spaces.

Drainage Systems and Drainage Solutions:

There are a number of problems that occur due to poor drainage. These include:
Gutters: If you don’t have the proper gutters and downspouts installed on your house, excess water can form pools and puddles along its foundations. These can damage your foundation by forcing the foundation to expand, forming small cracks that let water in your house and weaken the overall structure.

Sloped Landscapes: Sloping hills may make your yard look nice, but they can cause puddles of water to form at the bottoms of them. They can cause many of the above issues, including giving mosquitoes and other insects a place to breed.

Excess Soil Moisture: Hydrostatic pressure (also known as too much water) can cause soil to expand. This condition can put pressure on your foundation, as well as damage your plants.

Too much uncontrolled water, whether it is from gutters, sloped landscapes or excess soil moisture can cause a number of issues on top of the ones listed above.

  • Termites
  • Damage to your landscaping
  • Soil erosion
  • Damage to your home’s foundation
  • Mold and allergens
  • Interior wall and exterior surface cracks
  • Insect infestation
  • Premature aging and discoloration of exterior brickwork and concrete
  • Sticking and hard to open windows and doors

Landscape Drainage Repairs & Lawn Drainage Systems

There are a number of advantages of a professionally installed drainage system, besides preventing flooding from occurring inside of your home. These advantages include:

  • Preventing your landscape from drowning
  • Protecting your plants and trees
  • Preventing slippery puddles of standing water
  • Preventing soil erosion
  • Preventing mosquito infestations

In order to come up with the best landscape drainage solutions for your property, we first must determine the answers to the following questions:

Should the drains be installed at or below the grade?
How fast does the water need to flow away in order to prevent flooding?
Where is the excess water coming from?
What types of drains are the most effective?
Is a sump pump or gravity-fed system a better solution?

Once the best solution has been discovered, it must be implemented. We can use French drains, surface drains, channel drains, area drains, catch basins, sump pumps and grates or any combination thereof in order to solve your excess water problems.

French Drain Systems

A French drain is a drainage system that consists of a slightly sloped trench that is filled with pea size gravel. The gravel surrounds a perforated pipe that directs the water away from the foundation of your home.

Channel Drain Systems

Channel drains are similar to French drains in that they use a metal drain to rapidly drain away surface water. They can be used in garages, driveways, walkways, patios, swimming pools and tennis courts.

Catch Basins

Catch basins can be designed in order to work with other types of drainage systems. They “catch” the water before diverting it to the drainage system. These basins often have a specific area in which to collect debris, which prevents drainage pipes from becoming clogged.


Grates are another important part of a drainage system, as they cover the entire system and prevent large pieces of debris from entering it. Grating can be customized in order to blend in with your backyard décor.

Sump Pump Systems

Sump pumps are mechanical pumps that are hardwired into your home’s electrical system and will pump up excess water and deposit it into a storm drain or a dry well. They are designed for areas that receive so much water that they will not drain naturally, for example, the bottom slope of a hill or slightly sunken areas of an otherwise flat yard.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are two types of sump pumps to choose from:
Pedestal: These types of pumps have a motor that is mounted above the pump itself. This makes them easier to service.
Submersible: With a submersible pump, the motor is housed inside of the casing, which is waterproof. These are designed to be placed directly in a pool of water.

Lawn Drainage Solutions

Are you looking for the best solution to your lawn drainage issues? If so, call Outdoor Solutions today!