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Corrugated Drainage Pipe

A corrugated drainage pipe can eliminate problems in low lying areas and water runoff. Low lying areas or water flow problems can damage your lawn or garden area.

You have a choice of two different types of plastic black piping. One is a solid, the other is a pipe with small holes or slits. They come in three, four, or six inch width. The purpose of these pipes is to provide a way out for water sitting in a low area, or carrying water out of an area that cannot flow properly.

Low Lying Area

Low Lying Area

Water Flow Problems

Waterflow Problem

The solid pipe is used for carrying water from point A to point B. This type of corrugated drainage pipe is used on uneven surfaces, as well as trying to get water to flow away from your house or other areas that could be damaged by excess moisture. You can connect these pipes to your gutters, using different size connectors. If you have a sloped yard, you goal is get the water to run in the right direction from the highest point to the lowest.

We did a landscape job a few years back, and the entire property was on a slope. We used solid pipes at the top of the hill, and continued on down, angling the pipe to match the contour of the land. We tested the water flow before starting. We watched in what direction the water was going and followed this when we actually laid the pipes.

Our goal was to eliminate the possibility of water going towards their sidewalk or foundation. We actually put some piping underneath the sidewalk before it was poured. Once we did the front yard, we proceeded to test the flow on the sides.

We put pipes on both sides and carried the water down the rest of the slope, away from the house. If you are doing a new construction, talk with your contractor about possible water flow problems.

One thing to do is always plan and prep your area properly. If you have an existing home, you may be familiar with the water runoff pattern. Even so, test the water flow before installing your piping. Of course, the other alternative, is to hire a professional to perform this task.

The other type of corrugated drainage pipe is perforated. Some coastal homes and homes in flat areas, may have difficulty with water collecting into miniature ponds in low lying areas. Perforated pipe allows water to seep into the pipe so it can be carried away from the problem area. We have used this pipe also and have started it at one end of the yard and run the pipe across the low ground and continued it to the other side.

You can also use a drain box and connect the pipe to the box. The purpose of a drain box is to collect the water in a low lying area, and then a solid pipe carries it away. A drain box can also be put in the middle of the yard and connect pipes on either side of the box.

Herbee once used a perforated pipe from one side, connected it to a drain box in the middle of the yard, and then connected a solid corrugated drainage pipe to go across the rest of the area. These two pipes and drain box are three simple ways you can deal with water issues in any outdoor project.


Install Pipe

  1. Look for signs of water problems when you get excess rain or snow totals.

  2. Test the area with a hose and watch which direction the water is flowing.

  3. Measure out the length of pipe you will need.

  4. You will need some small gravel to put along the pipe.

  5. Decide if you want to incorporate a drain box somewhere. You can get different size boxes. There are also different size connectors.

    Talk with any professional on what kind of connector you will need for this landscaping project. There are elbows, Y and T connectors. You may also want to invest in a drain grate to allow water flow.

  6. Dig a trench the length of where you are going to install your pipe. The trench will be one or two inches wider then the pipe. I usually run the depth a few inches deeper also. Use a shovel or mattock to loosen and remove soil. You may need an ax to cut through roots, but usually a mattock will do it.

  7. Once your trench is dug, run your piping along your trench. Always measure your width and height to make sure it is level and all the same.

  8. Put the gravel along the sides of the piping.

  9. Fill in the dirt and rake level.



These are just a few suggestions for taking care of drainage problems in your yard. Don't let a water issue stop you from doing a landscape project. Plan the entire project first, before beginning. Herbee wants your outdoor investment to be a positive experience and enjoyment for years to come.

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