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Stratford, CT | Yard Drainage Systems | French Drain Installation


D&B Landscape Contractors of Stratford, CT provides yard drainage solutions, including French Drains, Sump Pump Drainage, Underground Drainage Systems and Piping and more. Yard drainage systems, also known as French drains, are designed to manage excess water and prevent water accumulation in specific areas. We install yard drainage systems in Stratford, CT that are effective in redirecting surface and groundwater away from structures, such as buildings or yards, to prevent water damage. Call us today at 203.673.5084 to schedule a no-cost consultation and estimate


A popular drainage system that we install for properties in Stratford, CT and surrounding areas are French Drainage Systems. Here’s how a French drainage system works:

  1. Perforated Pipe: The core component of a French drain is a perforated pipe. This pipe is typically made of PVC or flexible plastic and has evenly spaced holes or perforations along its length.

  2. Trench: A trench is dug in the ground in the area where water needs to be managed. The trench is usually sloped to allow gravity to assist in the water flow.

  3. Gravel or Aggregate: The trench is filled with a layer of gravel or aggregate. This material provides a path for water to flow freely and prevents the pipe from clogging with soil or debris.

  4. Permeable Geotextile Fabric: To prevent sediment from entering the gravel layer and clogging the system, a permeable geotextile fabric is placed on top of the gravel. This fabric allows water to pass through while filtering out soil particles.

  5. Pipe Placement: The perforated pipe is placed in the trench on top of the fabric. The holes in the pipe allow water to enter and be collected.

  6. Backfill: The trench is then backfilled with more gravel or aggregate, covering the pipe completely.

  7. Outlet: The French drain needs an outlet to allow the collected water to drain away. This can be a lower-lying area, a storm drain, or another appropriate drainage system.

When water accumulates in the surrounding soil or on the surface, it enters the perforated pipe through the holes. The water then flows along the pipe, guided by the slope of the trench and gravity. As it moves through the perforations, the water is collected within the pipe and directed towards the drain’s outlet. The gravel and geotextile fabric help filter out sediment and prevent the pipe from getting clogged.


French drains are effective in managing water runoff, preventing water accumulation, and protecting structures from potential water damage. They are commonly used in areas with poor drainage, soggy lawns, or areas prone to flooding.


It’s important to consult with a professional or experienced landscape drainage contractor for the proper design and installation of a French drainage system, as the specific requirements may vary depending on the location and conditions of your property. You can click the following link to View Our 5-Star Reviews, and please do not hesitate to ask us for references! You can contact us today at 203.673.5084 to schedule a quick no-cost quote!

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