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French drains & site drainage

The powerful forces of uncontrolled water can be devastating to property and home. We want to make you, the homeowner, aware that there are effective and time tested solutions to the problems that water can cause. In all cases it is best to solve these problems as soon as possible. We at Aiken Outdoor are experts at analyzing the source of the problem and then creating a remediation plan that will effectively and permanently solve your problem. Protect your investment and call Aiken Outdoor today!

The French Drain

French Drain Illastration

A French drain, is a ditch filled with gravel or rock that redirects surface and ground water away from an area. French drains are common drainage systems, primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. Alternatively, the French drain technique may be used to distribute water, such as that which flows from the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.

Erosion Control

Have you ever heard of the Grand Canyon? The Grand Canyon was created by erosion, and is a great example of the power that water has to shape and reshape earth and rock. Of course this is an extreme example, but water and it's effects should not be taken lightly. Over the years we have learned that each and every outdoor moisture control issue is different and requires careful site analysis and a proper remediation plan. We have also discovered that most effective solutions fall into four categories which we call the 4 R's of erosion control.

The Four R's of Erosion Control
Not all solutions have to be expensive or complicated. Many times, depending on the circumstances, it is possible to remediate an erosion control problem with a simple install of rock. Rock and commercial grade fabric have the ability to allow water to flow yet still keep soil in place.
This is natures best solution! If you look closely at the steep side of a mountain you will notice that it is covered with plants both large and small. The roots of those plants hold the precious mountain soil in place, preventing it from running downhill during heavy rains. Aiken Outdoor can apply the same effective principals when called for. There are a large variety of plants and ground cover that do an excellent job of holding soil in place and preventing erosion and Aiken Outdoor can install them all.
Retaining Walls
Another method which very effective in preventing erosion is the the use of retaining walls. A retaining wall not only prevents erosion but can create level ground which can then be used for a wide variety of things. Please click here to go to our retaining wall page and learn more about this option.
Redirecting water is a technique which can take many forms but usually falls into 2 categories.
  • Passive redirection is the installation of berms, swales, ditches, and grade drainage to achieve proper redirection. This technique is effective because it allows us to control the water and direct where we want to take it.
  • Active redirection is a method of using a drainage system to control the water. This often consists of grade drains, french drains, berms, yard drains or a combination of the above to control runoff and prevent erosion.