How To Install A Storm Drain

Storm drains help keep your property free from standing water. Some also collect rainwater for later use on lawns and gardens. They are a relatively easy DIY project that almost anyone can do themselves. However, if you have a large area to cover, you might want to call in a professional. 

Before digging a storm drain, call your local utility company and request that they mark out any underground pipes or cables. This will help prevent you from accidentally driving your shovel into a 2,000-volt power line or gas line, which can be devastating. Once the area is marked, dig a straight trench down to the level of the ground. This will minimize side digging later, and it will prevent soil compaction to the roots of trees and shrubs. Use a level and mark stakes to indicate the depth of the trench. Pound the stakes in near the house to provide a reference point. Tie a piece of string to each stake and measure the depth of the trench with a line level. 

You can then add a layer of gravel to the bottom of the trench before laying down your drainage pipe. This will protect your pipe from roots and help it drain efficiently. Then, lay down a layer of landscape fabric over the gravel and pipe. This will keep the weeds out, and it will make it easier to install your pipe. To further protect your pipe, fold or wrap a piece of landscape fabric around the entire length of the drain pipe, creating a tube of fabric to encircle the pipe. This will keep grass and weeds from growing in the pipe, and it will also help to protect the pipe against damage from traffic. 

Next, choose a pipe that is the right size for your project. There are a few different pipe materials that can be used for storm drain piping, including rigid PVC with predrilled holes, flexible drain pipe cut with slits and corrugated plastic. In most situations, you’ll want to opt for a storm drain pipe that has a smooth interior, which allows the water to flow more efficiently. A smooth interior also allows sediment to be flushed out of the pipe and helps it to maintain its capacity. If you’re unsure which pipe is best for your project, a professional plumber can help you determine what’s right for your needs. They can walk you through all of the options and give you an estimate for the work that you need to do. 

Once the pipe is in place, you can start filling the trench with soil. This will protect the drain pipe and help it to function well for years to come. You can use sand, bricks, or gravel to cover the trench. The type of materials you use is dependent on the location and purpose of your storm drain. If the drain is in a flood-prone area of your yard, consider a trench filled with gravel. This will attract rainwater and funnel it into the pipe. You can even reseed the trench with grasses to conceal it further and add a natural appeal.  

The most important thing is to get your storm drain pipe installed and working properly! Having professionals like Grade-1 Underground install your storm drain will ensure that is the case. Their team will be able to inspect the drain, repair any issues that arise, and make sure it works properly. They will also make sure it meets all the required specifications and codes to ensure that it is safe for your family and your property. Contact them today!