With rainstorms arriving in many areas of the west this winter, it is important to have proper landscape drainage. Without a drainage system, your property is susceptible to water damage such as mold, wood rot and foundation issues. Plants are vulnerable to over watering and standing water can ruin lawns. Here are five simple ways to install a landscape drainage system.

  1. Channel drains

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    • They capture water runoff from your driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck and direct it away from your home or property. Channel drains come in varying width sizes from 5” – 12” and can be installed in custom configurations for your drainage system.
    • When installing a channel drain, consider if vehicles will be driving over the drain. If so, you will need to support the channel drain with 4 inches of concrete on both sides and below.
    • Connect a drainage pipe to the channel drain, directing water away from your property.
    • Make sure the pipe is tilted at least 1% downward slope.
  2. Catch Basins

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    • They collect excess rainwater and irrigation from downspouts, planter areas and landscape sections.
    • Catch basins are available in 9”-24” size basins from NDS. Different types of pipe adapters are available and sold separately for your needs.
    • Connect a drainage pipe to the channel drain, directing water away from your property.
  3. Permeable Grass & Gravel Pavers

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    • They are easy to install under gravel or grass. Interlocking pattern design captures water to drain downward and laterally away from property. Permeable pavers help eliminate or reduce storm water runoff.
    • Lateral water movement is not only for effective drainage but for dispersing nutrients to your landscape.
    • Find out more about Permeable Pavers by NDS.
  4. French Drains

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    • They divert groundwater from your basement or foundation using slotted pipes, gravel and fabric. The gravel and fabric act as filters to keep pipes from clogging with debris.
    • Use perforated drainage pipes such as NDS EZflow pipe. Find out how you can install French drains for your home.
  5. Dry Wells

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    • Installed underground, they collect and temporarily hold surface water runoff until it permeates into the ground. Although not necessary, you can also install a surface drain to have water seep directly into the dry well.
    • An NDS Flo-Well unit has multiple connection points such as a sidewall and top-cover opening for a 3“ to 8“ pipe. Flo-Wells are stackable and can be arranged in multiple configurations. See how you can install an NDS Flo-Well.