Types Of Landscape Drainage Systems

Types Of Landscape Drainage Systems

Posted on April 5, 2018







Did you know that different drainage systems actually work for different and specific situations?

There are a number of factors that determine which kind of drainage system to use for a particular section of lawn or landscaping, including the ground topography and geomorphology. In this post, we shall be looking at the different types of drainage systems and what they are suitable for.

French Drain

The French drain is simply a trench (about 4 feet deep) filled with a permeable material like gravel, in which water seeps into a perforated pipe and is diverted away from the property. It is typically used for residential applications to prevent surface water from penetrating and damaging the building foundations.

Surface Drainage System

This type of drainage consists of ditches and flexible PVC pipes. They collect water from the ground level and divert them away, and are usually suitable for areas with enough natural grade to allow water to drain away through gravity. If the gravitational pull is not enough, you may require installing a sump and pump systems.

Channel Drains

A channel drain is used for surface water and is largely popular due to its simplicity in design and installation. It consists of a channel and a removable grate, it may also require a sump, end caps and other accessories. It helps to deal with heavy run-offs caused by heavy downpours and flooding. Channel drains are more discrete and appealing aesthetically.

Sump Systems

Sump pumps are perfect for basement waterproofing systems, especially where the yard’s grading slopes towards the house area. They consist of a built-in float switch that pumps away water and prevents it from collecting directly around the foundation and leaking into your basement.


Staying clear of drainage problems requires the right type of drainage system, and not every solution will work for all areas considering the various factors that should be taken into consideration. Contact Pearson Sprinkler today. We’ll help you determine which drainage system will work best for you. We are professional contractors specializing in landscape drainage systems in Plano, Texas.

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