Drainage Correction Systems
Given the nature of North Texas clay soil, proper drainage is essential to foundation health and landscaping longevity. Pooling water can lead to many issues, including foundation instability and soil erosion. FCS Foundation Repair offers various solutions that meet your budget and resolve water issues.
French Drainage System
French drains use channels that direct ground and surface water away from your property. Water moves freely through a graveled trench that contains a perforated drain pipe. Either the entire trench or drain pipe can be lined with filter fabric.
If trenches are lined with filter cloth, the drainage system will last many years. If the drainpipe is not lined, the soil will wash into the gravel and the system will need repair in just a few years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Channel Drainage System
A channel drainage system is a good option for surface water that pools along with foundations, patios, pools, and other such areas. The system requires a superficial channel (or trench) that is capped with a surface grate. Because a channel drainage system acts as both a collection pipe and water carrier, it’s affordable and generally easy to install and maintain.
Drainage Swale with French Drain System
A drainage swale is essentially a broad, shallow trench that is usually covered or lined with grass or other vegetation. It controls flooding, pooling, and erosion, but is less obvious than a channel drainage system. By incorporating a French drain system with a drainage swale, water is invisibly directed away from your property’s foundation.
Surface Drain with Collection Boxes
Surface drains collect rain and sprinkler runoff and direct water away from low areas. Collection boxes, also known as catch basins, are placed in the ground slightly below ground level and covered with a grate. A pipe is connected to the collection boxes and directs water away from the area.
A dry well is an underground system that captures excessive water and allows that water to slowly soak into the ground (known as percolate) and dissipate into groundwater. The system contains a collection box that captures overflowing water and a perforated pipe that transports the excessive water to a porous container. The container is buried completely in the ground in a pit filled with gravel.