Surface VS Subsurface Drainage – Dallas Fort Worth Drainage Design

Dallas Fort Worth Landscape Drainage – Lee Engineering Company

When our drainage experts visit homes in the Arlington and Dallas – Fort Worth area, we always take the time to discuss the importance of proper drainage. As many already know, poor or improper drainage can lead to a plethora of problems including foundation damage, erosion, and rot. When dealing with excess water accumulation in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, it’s important to understand the difference between subsurface and surface drainage solutions. There are many misconceptions regarding these two methods of drainage design, so we’ve put together a brief introduction to help clear the air.

Surface Drainage VS Subsurface Drainage

What is a surface drainage system?

Surface drains are very common and provide a safe, convenient drainage system. Surface drains feature grating installed flush with the surface of the soil. Surface drainage installation is pretty straightforward and, since they are made of durable plastic material, surface drains are resistant to corrosion and breakage. Surface drains can be used in concrete areas such as parking lots and garages where water tends to accumulate.

Are French drains surface drainage?

The typical French drain is designed as a trench and contains perforated pipes to absorb slow-moving underground (subsurface) water. French drain installation in Dallas Fort Worth. Lee Engineering – Since 1971

No, the typical French drain is designed as a trench and contains perforated pipes to absorb slow-moving underground (subsurface) water. By design, the purpose of a French drain is to mitigate groundwater. However, in Texas, we often see combo drainage systems that feature both a French drain (subsurface) and a catch basin (surface) for periods of heavy rainfall.

When do we need surface drainage?

Surface drainage is typically needed when there are issues with standing water around a property. Pooling water in a yard, driveway, or roadway, is a potential safety hazard and can cause property damage. During the summer in North Texas, standing water acts as a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes.
When implementing surface drainage solutions in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, our goal is to remove water quickly after heavy rainfall.

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