The Truth About Digging A Trench To Drain Water

It is essential to dig a trench to drain water so heavy rains don’t back into your crawl space or basement. They are not something most people know, but they do know when they stop working.

This article will help determine if you need a French drain, or a trench to your drainage system. Continue reading!

Why you shouldn’t use a French drain design

Although the French drain is very popular, it’s not the same thing as a trench drain. French drains are for groundwater while trenches can handle heavy rain. Both can be used, but French drainage trenches can only be used underground. This is helpful when groundwater gets into the foundation.

What is a Drainage Trench (Trench Drain?)?

A drainage ditch is a gutter which collects rainwater and moves it away from your house to stop erosion and flooding. It is possible to dig a trench with heavy duty pipes or a large-bore well depending on the amount of water that needs to be diverted.

Landscape fabric can be used to cover holes that have been dug. To protect the gravel and allow water to flow freely, it is common to use water-permeable landscaping fabric.

To manage excess water and prevent poor drainage, you can lay landscaping fabric. It is great for rain gardens! You cover the hole with landscape fabric to allow water to flow through, but not the silt. You then bury the entire thing to make drainage ditches and plant grass or flowers over it. This will create a better drainage system.

How deep should a trench drain be?

A trench drain should be 8 to 2 feet deep. Systems built around foundations, sub-ground living spaces or the bases of retaining walls might require greater depth.

A french drain must have a minimum depth of 18 inches to allow for gravel and pipes to be placed. This will allow you to modify and protect the pipe in the future.

A narrow trench can lead to poor drainage. It should be as wide as possible.

Why choose a perforated drain pipe?

Gravel is typically used to support the landscape fabric liner. Next, install the drain pipe. The drain will allow water to flow through it and out the other side. To let water soak into the soil, you may use a storm drain with a perforated pipe.

If there is no water in your yard, it’s a good idea. It is possible to water the garden directly through the underground pipes to encourage healthy roots.

A solid pipe is better if there is a lot of water. When digging a trench, we can help you choose the right one!

How to Drain Water from a Trench? Greenbar Excavation is a great way to get involved!

Many people lack the necessary tools to dig their trenches. A trench shovel, pick mattock, or walk-behind trencher are all necessary. We have the equipment you need and can supply the coarse gravel and fabric.

We can help you make the right decision about whether you are using a dry or wet well to move water from your gutter downspout. This will ensure that your drain system is suited to your needs and does not allow water to seep into your crawlspace or basement.

Have questions about the drainage ditch? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments section.

This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Utility Trenching companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!