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Frequently Asked Questions

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth? At Dallas Drainage Pros we take the time to document our process in the hopes to better explain how to do drainage right. If you choose to go at this project yourself, you will find these videos essential. If you choose to hire us to do it for you, you can be confident we know what we are doing!

How a French Drain Protects Your Foundation

Preventing Water Build-Up: A French drain is designed to redirect water away from your house. When rain falls or water collects around the foundation of your house, it can seep into the soil and create pressure against the foundation. This is known as hydrostatic pressure, and it can lead to serious problems like leaks and structural damage. By collecting and rerouting this water, a French drain can help prevent it from building up in the first place.

Redirecting Water: The basic principle behind a French drain is that it uses gravity to guide water away from your house. The perforated pipe is sloped in a direction away from your house, so when water enters the trench, it naturally flows through the pipe and away from your foundation.

Are Clean-outs Necessary as Part of a Drainage System?

Yes! We cannot express enough how important it is to have a drainage system designed so that it can be serviced after the fact. Most systems we encounter are installed without this critical consideration, and the result is drainage that fails within a few years.

At Dallas Drainage Pros, we build our installations in such a way that any long portions of piping which are not accessible are equipped with clean outs – and we demonstrate this via our video.

Don’t make the mistake of having a drainage system installed that will be worthless within a few years!

How to Install a French Drain System Correctly

This video takes you step by step in the process of building a French drain properly. A French drain is a particular type of landscape drainage system which is much more involved than just putting pipe in the ground. After watching this video you will know some of the key parts to designing and installing a perfect French drain. Some of the key questions we will address include:

  • What size should your French drain be?
  • What type of gravel do you use?
  • Does it matter what type of fabric?
  • What direction does the pipe face?
  • And more!

What Type of Filter Fabric to Use in a French Drain

Making sure to use the correct weed barrier filter fabric in your French drain is absolutely critical. All fabrics are not the same, and installing the wrong fabric could result in a completely useless French drain! Watch this video to make sure you or the contractors you hire are using the correct fabric.

How to Clean a Clogged French Drain System Using a Hydro Jet Machine

In this video we demonstrate the effectiveness of using a Hydro Jetter to clean a landscape drainage system – aka a “French Drain”. Regular maintenance is important – check it out!

Why You Should Use a Laser Level to Calculate Grade in Landscape Drainage

Using a laser level in calculating grade is absolutely critical when installing landscape drainage. We often hear from clients that we are the only ones using a laser to look at the grade on their property – which is crazy. Oftentimes we are talking about a 1% difference between a system being functional or not, and that is not something someone can see with the naked eye. Take the guess work out of drainage and find a company who uses a laser!

Creative Ways to Protect Your Foundation Using a Channel Drain & River Rock Bed

Getting creative is often a part of drainage solutions. In this video we demonstrate installing a channel drain topped with river rock to divert water away from the foundation. This was an attractive solution that added landscape appeal and could be a great solution depending on your situation!

How do you Properly Clean Up after a Drainage Install?

Landscape drainage is messy work – the amount of dirt and digging involved can leave quite a bit of clean up after the difficult install is finished. However, at Dallas Drainage Pros, we have a mindset on each and every job to leave your property in immaculate condition. In other words, we want you to hardly even know we were there after we finish. Check it out!

We hope you find these videos helpful. Feel free to reach out with any questions or requests for other videos!