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French drains are a popular type of drainage system, but they are not always the best option for some. For example, using a French drain in a smaller landscape may not work well when diverted water near, or above, the surface may end up on city property or in a neighbor’s yard. Also, in areas where extensive piping would be required for a French drain, there are other systems that may work better.
Another type of drain, similar to the French drain, and growing in popularity is the dry well. A dry well drainage system transfers excessive surface water deeper into the subsoil via a temporary holding area. It allows a more eco-friendly way to drain water away from a foundation and prevent soggy areas in a landscape.
The drainage area of a dry well can be a gravel and sand filled pit or a porous concrete sleeve or other container placed in the ground. Drains are installed in areas of the yard where standing water is a problem and then fitted with pipes that feed into the dry well. As water flows through the drain and piping into the dry well, it is held for a short time until it disperses deeper into the water table.
Dry wells are excellent for roof water runoff. One dry well per gutter is recommended to ensure water is efficiently dispersed during heavy rains or snow melt. They are also good for low areas of a yard, where soil buildup is not possible, by directing water away from the area to prevent further erosion.
Dry wells should always only be placed in areas where there is good, consistent drainage. A dry well, just like many French drains, can be time-consuming and difficult to install. Placement of the dry well and digging at the correct depth as well as proper placement and fitting of pipes must be done properly. If not, the drainage system will not work as efficiently as it should or, will not work at all.
In addition, as with all drainage systems, once a dry well is installed, it is not maintenance free. Just like the French drain, it can become clogged over time. Often, if a concrete sleeve or other container was used, the walls of the container will need to be cleaned thoroughly for it to drain properly again. Sand and gravel pits can become slow to drain over time as well and may need to be dug out and refurbished with new sand and gravel.
A dry well, or any other drainage system, that is not installed correctly can end up causing more water damage than before resulting in more costs for a property owner. All Seasons Landcare has been successfully installing drainage systems in DFW for many years. In certain areas of DFW such as the mid-cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, not having a good drainage system has resulted in major foundation issues for many homeowners. Allowing a landscaping company in DFW, such as the skilled experts at All Seasons Landcare, to install a professional drainage system can help keep your lawn and foundation in good shape.
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