Digging a trench is important to prevent heavy rains from flooding your crawlspace or basement. Most people don’t know about them, but they know when they fail.
This article will determine whether you need to install a French drain or trench for your drainage system. Continue reading!
Why you should not use a French Drain design
The French drain, although very popular is not the same as a trench drainage. French drains only handle groundwater, while trenches are able to handle heavy rainfall. French drainage trenches are only used for underground use. This can be helpful when water seeps into the foundation.
What is a Trench Drain (Drainage Trench? )?
Drainage ditches are gutters that collect rainwater, and then move it away from the house in order to prevent erosion and flooding. You can dig a trench using heavy-duty pipes or a large bore well, depending on how much water you need to divert.
To cover holes dug, landscape fabric can be used. Water-permeable landscape fabric is commonly used to protect gravel while allowing water to flow freely.
You can use landscaping fabric to prevent drainage problems and manage excess water. Rain gardens are a great use for it! Landscape fabric is used to cover the hole to allow the water to pass through but not the silt. Then you bury it to create drainage ditches, and then plant flowers or grass over the top. It will improve the drainage system.
How deep should trench drains be?
The depth of a trench drain should range from 8 to 2 feet. For systems built around sub-ground living areas, foundations or the base of retaining wall bases, a deeper system may be required.
The depth of a french drain should be at least 18 inches in order to accommodate gravel and pipes. You can modify the pipe and protect it in the future.
It is important to have a wide trench. It should be as large as possible.
Why should you choose perforated drain pipes?
Gravel is usually used to support landscape fabric liners. Install the drain pipe. The drain pipe will allow the water to pass through and exit on the other side. You can use a drain with perforated pipes to allow water to soak into the soil.
It’s a great idea if there isn’t any water in your yard. You can water your garden through underground pipes in order to promote healthy roots.
If there is a large amount of water, a solid pipe will be better. We can help you select the best trench when digging one.
How to Drain Water From a Trench Greenbar Excavation can be a fun way to get involved.
Most people do not have the right tools to dig trenches. All you need is a trench shovel, pick-mattock or walk behind a trencher. We can provide the equipment and coarse gravel you need.
We can assist you in making the correct decision regarding whether to use a wet or dry well for moving water from your gutters downspout. It will help you to ensure that the drain system suits your needs, and prevents water from seeping into your basement or crawlspace.
Do you have questions about drainage ditches? Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.
This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top companies for demolition contractors Bend Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!